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Lake forest, ca
adamtuliper
Sep 12, 2017 2:11 PM CST
We have a rather large jade plant in the back yard and the biggest branch just dropped off (prob five inch diameter) Is this something that happens on occasion or is there a cause? We saw it drooping a day or two ago.

Is there hope for the branch, can it make a new plant or should we take smaller trimmings off?

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Sep 12, 2017 6:01 PM CST
If you poke it in the ground, it will probably take root and grow. If you want , you can get multiple plants from the shorter branches.
Jade plants grow like weeds here, with very little effort.
Lake forest, ca
adamtuliper
Sep 13, 2017 9:55 PM CST
Thanks!
Any thoughts as to why that big branch broke off and what to do about the big gap in the plant?
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Sep 14, 2017 1:11 PM CST
Sometimes they break from their own weight. Can't help about the gap left.
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Baja_Costero
Sep 14, 2017 1:30 PM CST
Jades drop branches some times. That's more common in low light situations (the branch falls under its own weight) but that's not what you've got going on, from the looks of things. Smiling I have to remove branches from the jade plants around here some times. I pay no mind to how ugly they might look afterwards, because I know they will fill in on their own without any instruction required.

I don't know how hot it gets there but jades really do not like very hot weather. Maybe that's part of what's going on. And don't go crazy with the water this time of year. Just let the plant ride it out (watering occasionally if you like) and after the first rain of the season it will look much better.

We recently got our house painted and we told the painters they could prune the jades as much as they needed. Well, this one went from 4 feet tall to what you see in the picture. It wasn't a welcome sight but I got over it soon enough. The stem going up the middle will likely become the new main stem.

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