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Lynmadeleine
May 7, 2018 2:31 AM CST
Hull UK
Help my huge beuitfull jade tree suffered frost damage while on my balcony in our cold spell a few weeks ago.i brought it in but
aftet a couple of weeks it had green and white power mould.
I trimmed the damage but it spread so ended up
cuting all the beutfull branches off ,only left with the trunk and roots will it grow back .?
Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
May 7, 2018 3:23 AM CST
You did the right thing- you had to cut it back and do it aggressively. when you cut it, were the branches mushy or still crisp? If it felt soggy when you clipped it, those branches might already be too far gone-
If you have a nice crisp trunk, and you have the patience to wait the whole summer to get it back- becasue it will take that long- it will probably regrow. the best thing you can do for it now is put it in the sunniest spot you have- light light light... at a constant temperature, then wait. I am not sure what your outdoor temperatures are like right now, but I think you're having spring like NY... keep it inside until night time temps are reliably stable then gradually move it to a sunny spot. Be very careful not to overwater, without leaves the plant can't use resources- you really want to take the watering down to nearly nothing - less than half as much as you used to, You will be tempted to fertilize it- Do not fertilize- if there is no green there is no photosynthesis - the plant can't use them- it would be the equivalent of dumping chips on a person in a coma....
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tarev
May 8, 2018 9:22 AM CST
Hello lynmadeleine, it is good you trimmed off the rotted parts of your jade plant. Give it time to recover. As long as there is still some green parts remaining it may still bounce back once the warm weather returns.

In the meantime, just help it get some warmth, no direct sun at this point, it is in so much stress already.

As a back-up, if there is still some good leaves remaining, twist them off and set aside. It will be a good way to start a new plant, new leaves or roots will form from it. Just lay on a fast draining media, use a shallow container, and grow the cutting.

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