Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Jade plant problems

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Ireallylikesucculent
Nov 2, 2017 8:01 AM CST
My sister gave me her jade plant that she got some years ago and I don't know what to do. It's so heavy on one side that if I don't have it against a window it will almost fall. It's growing extremely strange and I don't know what to do. Am I overreacting? Confused
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tarev
Nov 2, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Hello Ireallylikesucculent, your jade is trying to seek more light. Does your container have drain holes? Hopefully it has to allow good drainage. I am looking at the soil, and I suggest you try to make it grittier, adding in some more perlite or pumice to allow better airflow too at root zone. Check your soil's moisture since that type of glazed container tend to hold the moisture longer. Use bamboo skewers, stick it into the soil, if it comes out wet, delay watering. Root mass of this plant is shallow and small, so it hates sitting in water.

A good south, west or east facing window will be good for it. If your location has mild winters (no snow) you can just leave it outdoors. It grows much better outdoors, it is actively growing during the cooler season especially in temperature range of 50F to 80F. Ideally at temps below 50F to 32F, it is best to be kept dry.

As with most succulents, when temps goes cold, lessen watering. It ably stores moisture in its stem and leaves.
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DaisyI
Nov 2, 2017 10:30 AM CST
Welcome!

Jade plants take extremely well to pruning. You could cut 2/3 off all the large banches and let it branch out again. It will take some time to resprout - maybe months. You should wait until spring, when the plant is actively growing again, to do anything (repotting, pruning...).

For now, drop its pot into another larger pot to add weight.
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Ireallylikesucculent
Nov 8, 2017 11:07 AM CST
Okay so it fell
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 8, 2017 11:12 AM CST
It doesn't look like it broke so pick it up and stick it into a heavier pot that will support its top heaviness.
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Ireallylikesucculent
Nov 8, 2017 12:43 PM CST
Thank you for the advice. I'll buy a new pot for it tommorow Hurray!
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Frenchy21
Nov 8, 2017 2:56 PM CST
Welcome @Ireallylikesucculent. Hurray! That is one tough jade plant. Smiling I agree with Daisy about heavier pot and cutting branches next spring. Please show us picture of jade in new pot nodding We love pictures!

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