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leyton13
Dec 8, 2017 7:06 PM CST
I got this jade plant when it was 5 inches tall. It's grown so much, but I thought it would grow more upright. Now it's very heavy and won't grow straight up. Is this normal? I've seen pictures of plants that are more tree-like. Will it eventually grow into something like that if I just leave it alone? Basically, what is the ultimate fate of this little guy?
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Dec 8, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @leyton13 .

I believe the issue is the amount of light that the plant receives -- I've seen those nice, upright, bush-like jade plants too; I have one that's pretty old (15-20 years) and has always been indoors, and it has a very open, sort of "weeping" habit of growth. They just don't grow the same indoors as they do in, say, outdoors in the southwest.

I will say that yours looks a little "floppier" than I would expect... do you have it located where it will get as much sunlight as possible (like a south window) ? If you don't have a good window location, you might want to provide some artificial lighting for it. Smiling
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ctcarol
Dec 8, 2017 8:07 PM CST
In So. Cal. they grow in full sun. Your plant needs much more light.
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WillC
Dec 9, 2017 9:17 AM CST
I believe your plant is a type of Sedum and not a Jade. However, their care requirements are similar.

I concur with the others that it would remain more upright if it had more sun. Indoor light is many times less intense than outdoor sun.

If you cannot provide enough light to keep it more upright, it can still be a healthy and attractive plant when allowed to drape somewhat. You can control its appearance by pruning some of the longer stems to shape it the way that pleases you. The cuttings will root quite easily.
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Kansas
leyton13
Dec 9, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Thanks everyone. I live in Kansas so it gets pretty cold. I keep it in a south facing window during the winter and it gets quite a bit of sun. Otherwise it's outside. It almost seems like it's supposed to be more of a hanging plant, or at least that's what it aspires to be. I think I'm just going to keep growing it and see what happens. It seems healthy, just floppy. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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leyton13
Dec 9, 2017 1:06 PM CST
WillC said:I believe your plant is a type of Sedum and not a Jade. However, their care requirements are similar.

I concur with the others that it would remain more upright if it had more sun. Indoor light is many times less intense than outdoor sun.

If you cannot provide enough light to keep it more upright, it can still be a healthy and attractive plant when allowed to drape somewhat. You can control its appearance by pruning some of the longer stems to shape it the way that pleases you. The cuttings will root quite easily.


Will it survive freezing temperatures if I leave it outside?
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WillC
Dec 9, 2017 3:39 PM CST
No, your Sedum will not survive freezing temps. Keep temps above 40 degrees F.
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Zuni
Dec 14, 2017 11:06 PM CST
That looks like a healthy ice plant of some kind to me. I come from the land of ice plants. They're used as ground cover here.

See how the "leaves" are actually rounded and kind of tubular, and not flat? I think it's some type of creeping, ice plant ground cover type of succulent, and simply may not be the flat-leaved upright jade plant you thought it was. Heck, you might even end up with some flowers if you put it in the sun and when it warms up.

See a delosperma (ice plant) here and try to imagine it without flowers:

Delosperma (Delosperma nubigenum)

You can find other images of the above plant without so many flowers, so it's easier to see the "leaves" by using a search engine. Since I'm a new poster, it wouldn't let me link to an outside website yet. At any rate, I think it's quite possible you actually have a really healthy ice plant just waiting for more sun and heat to bloom for you :-)
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leyton13
Apr 21, 2018 9:23 AM CST
Update: I put one of the leaves that fell off into the dirt and this sprouted up from the same spot. At first I thought it was the same type of plant, but now I'm thinking it's something entirely different. Anyone know what the heck this new plant is?
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DaisyI
Apr 21, 2018 11:02 AM CST
Did you use soil from outside? I'm not sure what it will grow into but not what you want. Carefully pull it out.
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leyton13
Apr 21, 2018 11:30 AM CST
DaisyI said:Did you use soil from outside? I'm not sure what it will grow into but not what you want. Carefully pull it out.


Bagged potting soil but something may have blown in. When I pulled the leaf out that I stuck in the soil there were roots coming out of it. Are you sure it's not the same type of plant?
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DaisyI
Apr 21, 2018 12:33 PM CST
This is the plant we are talking about?
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leyton13
Apr 22, 2018 2:12 PM CST
DaisyI said:This is the plant we are talking about?
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Yeah that's the one. It's starting to scare me, it's growing outrageously fast. I think I've got a little shop of horrors situation brewing. Any idea what type of plant this could be?
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DaisyI
Apr 22, 2018 11:37 PM CST
I'm not sure what it is but, if you don't pull it soon, everything in your pot will come up with it when you do. My first thought was some kind of Horseweed.
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