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Sony
Jul 21, 2017 1:12 PM CST
My Jade plant is about 8 years old now and I think it's trying to sprout roots from limbs. Is this what is going on or should I be worried?? I know I should repot it soon, could this be its way of saying do it now?
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tarev
Jul 21, 2017 2:31 PM CST
Hello Sony, looking at your plant, it sure is trying to seek more light the way it grows so etiolated, vining its way around. That first photo you showed, you can cut it below the root area, dab the cut end lightly with cinnamon, let it callus for about a day and stick it back to the soil or to a smaller container with drain holes and well draining media.

The plant looks so etiolated, you can trim it down and replant the cuttings, so that you are left with a better looking mommy plant. Is it possible to move your plant outdoors now in summer? Position in part sun area first. It would appreciate more light and warmth at this time.

For an eight year old plant, I think the main trunk looks rather skinny. You may want to make that media just a bit more grittier so there is better airflow at root zone, and help the roots drink up better and fatten that trunk. If you have access to more perlite or pumice that would help a lot.
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WillC
Jul 22, 2017 1:24 PM CST
The aerial roots that you referenced are fine and not an indication that the Jade needs repotting. As Tarev stated, it would benefit from more light. It would benefit even more from substantial pruning. Any plant that requires props and string to keep it upright is a plant begging to be pruned. Any of the stems can be pruned at any point. New leaf growth will emerge just below any pruning cut and grow upward from there. The pruned off tip cuttings can be propagated in the base of the existing pot or in their own separate small pot. I don't recommend disturbing the existing roots and soil. Ther is no evidence of root stress. Just improve the light and prune it back to make it look nicer.
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Yardenman
Jul 22, 2017 1:32 PM CST
WillC said:The aerial roots that you referenced are fine and not an indication that the Jade needs repotting. As Tarev stated, it would benefit from more light. It would benefit even more from substantial pruning. Any plant that requires props and string to keep it upright is a plant begging to be pruned. Any of the stems can be pruned at any point. New leaf growth will emerge just below any pruning cut and grow upward from there. The pruned off tip cuttings can be propagated in the base of the existing pot or in their own separate small pot. I don't recommend disturbing the existing roots and soil. Ther is no evidence of root stress. Just improve the light and prune it back to make it look nicer.


I had a jade plant in the 80s. I wtered it seldomly, and had a gro light bove it. I lived for several year but slowly died. It wanted more light than even that.

If I were to grow a Jade plant again, I would want 2 40 grow-lights around it in a very sunny room.

Like in Arizona with mirrors around it or something serious like that.
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Sony
Jul 22, 2017 2:09 PM CST
Thanks for the input guys, I have actually been manipulating the branches as it has grown to achieve the spiral in the limbs. I have been planning to take some more cuttings off of this plant to make it look better but wanted to be sure it was in good health first. This plant currently gets a lot of afternoon sunlight and is purple on the backside of the larger leaves indicating it is getting sufficient light. I was just concerned about the roots all over it, if it is ready to be cut back then that will be my next course of action and I will hold off on repotting it.
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Sony
Jul 22, 2017 2:16 PM CST
I don't want to over prune the guy, I took 5 good sized cuttings off of it for now.
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WillC
Jul 22, 2017 2:40 PM CST
You are not in any danger of over-pruning. I would prune it back substantially more, but if you are happy with the way it looks now, then leave it. But do understand that much more pruning is a viable option for you.

In direct sun, Jade leaves develop; a reddish tinge on the margins of the leaves, not purple undersides.

It will not need repotting in the foreseeable future and probably never.
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Baja_Costero
Jul 22, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Will is right about the leaf colors. I try to keep my jades in enough light to give them reddish margins. Another way you know the plant is receiving insufficient light (all is relative I admit) is when the distance between successive leaves along the stem (internodes) become visibly longer. You want that distance as short as reasonably possible, for the best health of the plant, and especially for its overall stability. Given a succulent lifestyle, some strength is needed to support all that water. There is usually zero need to prune or support a jade that is receiving lots of sun.

Illustration here showing the leaf color and short internodes of a branch in full summer sun. This is what happens when you turn the light all the way up to 11, which we can do here because of the mild climate. Consider it a reference point when you work out the care of your plant.

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