Houseplants forum: Help with Jade plant

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Aug 18, 2017 8:19 PM CST
Hi All-

I took a few pieces of a jade plant and just gently laid them on top of a pot of soil, and they have began to grow white roots. (This was before I did some research and found out I was supposed to propagate it using a leaf) . I keep it in a sunny window and I moisten the soil every few days when it gets dry. My only concern is that the leaves are getting a little thin and weak. It has been about 2 weeks.

Do you think this could turn into a healthy plant? Is there anything you would suggest I do to help it thrive?

Thank you for your advice!
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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Aug 19, 2017 2:41 AM CST
I would not actually pour water on it. I would spray it lightly, just enough to keep the little roots from going bone dry. You will have to experiment, but if you can give it just enough water so that it dries out enough to need another squirt or two the next day, that would be perfect. When in doubt go two or three days, err on the side of being too dry, not too wet.

Your plant would grow little roots just sitting in a window sill with no soil or water at all, if there is any humidity at all in the air. So keep it dry. Becoming dryer than it likes is much safer than being too moist. Jades propagations die from root rot much faster than from drying out a little too long.

While you are rooting it, don't give it any direct sun. Bright light is more than enough until it starts growing on it's own.

Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Aug 19, 2017 7:16 AM CST
Follow Laurie's advice until your Jade cuttings have well-established roots, at which time you can start to water more thoroughly and increase the light intensity.

Jades can be propagated from stem or leaf cuttings. Either method is fine.

For the future, it is easier to manage Jade cuttings if they are inserted in very small pots filled with a very porous potting mix that has lots of perlite mixed in throughout. The greater soil porosity cuts down on the chances of root rot.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Aug 19, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Thank you so much Laurie and Will! That information is really helpful. Much appreciated!

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