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Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
May 26, 2017 7:09 PM CST
Hello!
I was wondering if anyone could provide some much appreciated advice on what to do with this jade plant.

It belongs to a friend who had it in his shop and it is a few years old. It's been neglected as he doesn't know what to do with it. I told him I was liberating it to transplant and get it healthy again.

I personally feel it is in need of a transplant but I'm not sure what to do with the gnarled branches. Some of the leaf groupings are sprouting roots but I'm not sure where to cut. The leaves also seem a bit stunted...

I personally have a jade plant but it's more of a bush than a tree so I'm at a loss. I just feel bad for this plant.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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WillC
May 27, 2017 9:41 AM CST
This Jade has suffered from minimal light, lack of pruning and probably irregular watering. Transplanting it will not fix any of those problems nor will fresh soil.

I recommend that you prune it back sharply to eliminate the leggy systems that are pulling it out of the pot and stressing the roots. (The cuttings can then be propagated.) Move it to a sunny location. Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry before watering it lightly.

Although the pot is larger than it needs to be, the roots are in a fragile condition and the trauma caused by repotting would likely do more harm than good.
Will Creed
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Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
May 27, 2017 10:35 AM CST
WillC - Thank you so much for the advice!!

Is there a specific way to prune it? Best places to cut to propagate? How long does it generally take for root system to recover? Would a root booster help or just the act of pruning would help relieve the stress?

I've never seen a jade in such poor condition so that's why I had to take it from him...I just want to get it healthy.
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Name: Will Creed
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May 28, 2017 8:28 AM CST
Your Jade is healthy, but badly in need of some cosmetic work, i.e. pruning. There is no reason to think that the root system has a problem, so it is best to leave the soil and roots alone. No need to repot, soil replenishment or adding any supplements. Improved light after you have pruned will help a great deal. There is no substitute for good sunlight!

Any stem can be pruned back to any length, making a clean, sharp cut. Just understand that new growth will emerge on the pruned stem, on a node just below where you make the pruning cut. So in selecting a place to prune on any stem, you are deciding where you would like to see new growth emerge and also how much bare, leggy stem you want to eliminate. Pruning is a lot like haircutting; it won't affect overall health, but it will alter the appearance and that is a personal aesthetic matter. It is its current aesthetic appearance that is causing you to conclude the plant is unhealthy. Pruning will take care of that. I'm sure you will conclude it looks a lot healthier after you finish pruning.

If you choose to save the pruned off cuttings, they can be propagated best if each cutting has no more than 1-2 inches of bare stem below the lowest leaf. Let the cuttings air dry over night. Then, insert them into a small pot filled with a porous potting mix.

All of this information and more is covered in my new book.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
May 28, 2017 10:47 AM CST
WillC - once again thank you so much!!

I will do a little pruning and propagating and let it sunbath for a few days. Hopefully, all the trimmings will take with no problems.

I will have to pass on your info to my friend so he can properly take care of his jade.

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