Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Transitioning Jade outdoors

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krystenr1
Aug 24, 2017 10:55 PM CST
Hi! I have a medium sized jade (not a baby but not huge by any means) that has outgrown its pot and requires a larger one. The larger pot is just a bit too big for me to manage indoors, and so I was hoping I could transition it outside. It has lived inside for the several years I've owned it and I'm a bit worried about the this transition. My backyard where I had hoped to put it is south-facing and has little shade and I'm afraid most of succulents that went out there did not fair well and experienced a lot of sunburn damage. I do have a north-facing front patio that could be a better option, it's just an open area and I'm afraid I live in a very urban area where people tend to be prone to theft, even of potted plants. I have a west-facing outdoor location that could work, but there is virtually no shade there either and that might also be a bit too much sun exposure? I could leave it indoors, but it would require moving to a less sunny location as it has simply outgrown its spot in my south-facing window. Which option would you choose if faced with my dilemma?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 25, 2017 10:31 AM CST
None of the above. Smiling

The north facing porch would be your best option. The south and west exposure would burn it to death. I doubt you could transition to these sunnier areas no matter how much time you spent acclimating.

Your better option may have been to prune (roots and top) and put it back into the original pot and original spot.
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krystenr1
Aug 25, 2017 11:15 AM CST
I'm thinking since the new pot will be pretty heavy that the north patio will be okay, as it would be very difficult for someone to lift.
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tarev
Aug 28, 2017 4:32 PM CST
krystenr1, can you delay bringing out that jade for about a week? As I understand, the current heat wave is California wide. Over here we are soaring into 100F's and higher. It takes awhile for the succulents to acclimate, and even in shade, if it is such blanket excessive dry heat outside it will shock your plant. I would have done that in Spring, so the plant would have time to get used to the variances in temps and longer day duration and high heat levels as summer sets in.

As to where to position your jade, during summer, you can position it on the north side location, at least there is still natural light there and will help cool it down during the very hot days. You can just reposition it to the west or south in winter, so it gets more warmth when season goes cooler.

I hope you are not using too deep a container, the roots are quite shallow for jades.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 28, 2017 5:56 PM CST
Good advice, Tarev.
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