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Mar 12, 2018 8:26 PM CST
Name: Karen
Adelaide, Australia (Zone 10b)
I'm glad to have found this forum and I'm enjoying going through previous posts learning about houseplants. I recently took some cuttings of a jade plant and peperomia and I'm wondering how best to care for them? Particularly light and water needs. Grateful for your advice.
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Mar 12, 2018 9:38 PM CST
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I apologize as I don't have any answers, but I believe your jades may be:

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Mar 13, 2018 4:58 AM CST
Name: Karen
Adelaide, Australia (Zone 10b)
Thank you Hamwild:) You've shown me a great feature of this site - it's great to get info and posts about a plant from the database. I guess I'm wondering if the care requirements vary between the actual plant and cuttings....
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Mar 13, 2018 8:07 AM CST
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I'm sorry, I wish I had more to add. I've never tried cuttings from either and only grow peperomia. @purpleinopp, you're the cuttings Queen, do you have any input? Big Grin
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Mar 13, 2018 8:31 AM CST
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I am no expert but i grew my jade from a cutting. I stuck it in a cup of water until it grew roots, then I planted it. Since planting it, I only water when the leaves start looking slightly likely they are shriveling. and when I water it, I water it deeply so that water runs out the bottom. I have it in a north west window but my experience is that it is not fussy (my assistant had one in her cubicle for years). my cutting now looks like a tree, so pretty.
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Mar 13, 2018 8:39 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Thanks for the kind comments, but I'm not any kind of queen, just curious & have a tiny plant budget. :+)

I can't keep Portulacaria afra alive long enough to take a cutting, but Pep cuttings do well in the same conditions as the mama plant. I can't tell if both "Jade" cuttings are the same kind or if the one to the left is Crassula ovata.
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Mar 13, 2018 10:13 AM CST
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Root your cuttings in soil as they are pictured. Water well when the soil is dry, not sooner. The only way water will leave the container while your plants are rootless is by evaporation, so don't go crazy with the water. The main difference between the care of cuttings and rooted cuttings has to do with how often you might water, otherwise it's quite similar. But there is no particular benefit to leaving the soil dry for any extended time. If you always wait until the leaves are shriveling to water, your plants will regularly be on the verge of water starvation. You will better serve their needs if you monitor the soil instead. Put your plants in the brightest possible light indoors, like right by your sunniest south-facing window (assuming you're in the Northern Hemisphere).

You will have a clue that they are moving along and sprouting roots when those roots start to function and there is new growth on top.

Welcome! and good luck!
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Mar 13, 2018 4:49 PM CST
Name: Karen
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Thank you for the info. I grew a pothos cutting in water (with such success that I am inspired to try these new cuttings!). I don't know why I put the new cuttings in soil, not water. But then there's so many things I don't know they barely rate a mention;)

Tiffany Purpleinopp
That's good to know about the peperomia, thank you. I don't know what kind of jade my cuttings are from, it's an old plant of Mum and Dad's so who knowsโ€ฆ

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This is a wealth of information, thank you. The watering advice makes perfect sense and is completely logical โ€“ once you know how to think about it. We don't have a North facing window (I'm in Australia, Mediterranean climate). I'll have to see how I go with a West facing window and as the days get shorter perhaps I'll move them outside to partial shade during the day time. Thank you for the good wishes๏Š
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Mar 16, 2018 11:43 AM CST
New York, ny
@kwill0304 the only reason i root cuttings in water is that I have failed every time I tried to root anything in soil. I am very bad at it.
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