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Upstate NY
marlynn79
Jul 19, 2017 11:33 AM CST
I have had a jade plant for about 2 maybe 3 years now. All of the sudden just the other day, I noticed the leaf stems were dropping and all of the leaves every time I touched it were falling off. Other than when my once very strong and healthy looking branch was bent over the plant has been fine. I broke 2 of them off last night and just pushed them into the soil. I was checking them out today and they seem soggy. The soil is not moist and I only water when it's dry and never until the water comes out the drain hole. The main stalks or stems are very strong so I'm thinking it just needs to be replanted not thinking new pot but maybe just new soil? My question is or are what could possibly have happened all of the sudden other than the 127 days (exaggerating) of no sun (it's inside always and has been doing fine) but most importantly what soil should I use? I don't make my own so I would be purchasing this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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tarev
Jul 19, 2017 12:18 PM CST
Hello marlynn79, can you post a photo of your plant please. It would be good to see the container as well, like the size of it relative to the size of your plant.

Upstate NY
marlynn79
Jul 19, 2017 5:06 PM CST
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The 2 pieces I am touching in the 2nd photo are doing the same the other did. The rest of it looks fine for today anyway. Everything on the right seems good too
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DaisyI
Jul 19, 2017 6:35 PM CST
Your Jade needs more light - they are full sun plants. If it were getting enough sun, the growing habit would be very compact. Yours is very etiolated (stretched).

When you water, (when the soil is dry - not before), water until the water comes out the drain hole. This does two things: It assures that the entire root ball is watered and it washes excess salts out of the soil. And then don't water again until the soil is dry an inch or so below the soil surface.

The nice thing about Jades is that they tell you when they need a drink. If the leaves have 'give' (are a little soft), water. If the leaves are shiny and hard, don't water.

If you decide to repot, use soil formulated for cactus and find a pot that is wider than it is tall (like a bulb pot). But don't find a pot that's huge - Jades have really small rooting systems. The pot need only be big enough to support the weight of the plant.

Find it a sunnier home! But don't stick it in full sun on the first day. Your Jade needs to acclimate, something that can take a week or more.

I suspect the only reason your plant hasn't died long ago is that its not getting enough water to cause it to rot.
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WillC
Jul 19, 2017 6:54 PM CST
I agree with Daisy about a lack of light being the primary problem. But the soil and pot size is not the problem and if you mess with the roots you may cause further damage to a plant that is already weak.

It is hard to assess your watering routine, but that could be part of the problem. In fact, you should water enough so that you do see some water run through the drain holes. Then, don't water again until the top quarter of the soil is dry. Shallow watering can cause roots in the lower portion of the pot to die back.
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Upstate NY
marlynn79
Jul 19, 2017 6:56 PM CST
Besides that we haven't had sun much this summer this spot is generally pretty sunny. This pic was taken at almost 7 pm. But I will try moving it a bit to a sunnier location. Should I report it or pray the more sun helps?
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DaisyI
Jul 19, 2017 6:57 PM CST
I would do one thing at a time. Start with moving to more sun.
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Upstate NY
marlynn79
Jul 19, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Thanks guys I'll give it a try. Could you send less rain and more sun to upstate ny?

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