Hot answers tagged

11

This is the jade plant or Crassula ovata. The one in the picture you have has been grown in low light and has stretched out and dropped the older leaves which is why it looks so thin. The leaves are plump and there are some yellow leaves so it does look to have been slightly over watered. The wikipedia entry noted above agrees with my experience with them ...


11

There are a variety of different jade trees; this includes some with naturally thicker trunks and others which grow thin like vines. So you may be battling against the way the plant grows naturally. Essentially, you may the wrong variety of jade tree for what you are aiming to achieve. If this is the case, I suggest you begin by looking around and ...


10

What kind of succulent? If it's like most succulents, you can absolutely just trim the ends off the plant and it will be fine (and, if you wanted, you could plant those and make new plants to keep or give away). Additionally, many plants will cooperate well with root pruning, like what bonsai growers do. This typically involves taking the plant out of the ...


10

Rather than the newspaper, I would suggest a regular bath towel. It's gentler on the plant, and you can double it over a number of times to avoid the spines. I've used this trick, it works well.


8

I don't know which cacti they are, but I just use gardening gloves. Yes sticking-out spines will go through them. The spines on a small barrel cactus or mammary cactus where they are wrapped around more, are less likely to go through gloves. Usually I'm working with opuntia (see this question for photos), where the spines stick out more, but there are ...


7

Prune it hard. Crassula Ovata can make a very attractive bonsai. If you keep cutting back the leaves it will put growth into the roots and stem. If you search for crassula ovata bonsai on google image search you will seem stunning bonsais with massive trunks like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/anafont/3409308362/. One bit advice though - move it to ...


7

If they were my Jade plants I would do something like the following... Based on bottom photo: Remove the lower right limb (bottom centre of photo, going towards the right) -- it looks like it has lost (had stripped away) quite a lot of bark and one of the end spurs (forks) is almost broken clean-through. Remove any branches, twigs that have been snapped ...


6

I would leave the leaves on the plant, as doing so won't have a detrimental effect on the health of the plant (as far as I'm aware), the plant just won't look that good: Best case - The leaves might recover. Worst case - The leaves don't recover, curl up (die) and fall-off, or can be picked off easily. Obviously, I wouldn't again expose the plant to that ...


6

If, when you say jade plant, you mean Crassula ovata, it should be fine - will need dusting to keep your allergy problems down though. It does flower, which means pollen, but rarely indoors and only after several years and only then if its in a very sunny spot. You might find the following article useful: ...


5

That's a sure sign of stress.Don’t water your jade plant on a schedule. Rather, water your jade plant when the top of soil is just dry to the touch. Also see the soil at the base of the plant, if it's dry water it.The most important factors to consider when growing jade houseplants is water, light, temperature, and fertilizer.Every plant needs some type of ...


5

Quick take them out of the water! Like most succulents they root by making a clean cut at the root end with a sharp knife or razor and letting it sit on the windowsill for a week or so. Then, once the wound has dried, place in damp sand and high light. Keeping sand damp is harder than it seems. Wet is no good, dry does not encourage roots. Do not cover ...


5

That's a teeny tiny pot for that size jade. For true house bound plants, you want to incrementally increase the size of the pot each year so that the medium gets filled with feeder roots. If you just put a small plant in a big pot, the roots will grow outward, and then start growing round and round the pot, this leaves a huge amount of unused soil which is ...


4

I'm a year late, but I'll answer, anyways, in case someone else finds this page. That's not Crassula ovata; it's Portulacaria afra - you can see the difference in the shape of the leaves. Common names include Dwarf Jade, Elephant's Food, and spekboom (in Afrikaans). This is probably the easiest plant I have ever seen to cultivate from cuttings. I'm in ...


3

Ok, so I agree with the post that discusses increasing the pot size. If you do decide to use the leaves or lop off anything, you actually need to dry them out and wait until they start putting out new roots. They will do this most of the time. The stump that was left in the original pot will also start to regrow. This webpage really helped me! ...


3

Jade plants do not grow quickly. You mention that is was stressed when you bought it so it could take months before new growth is seen. To propagate twist a leaf off and let it sit in the pot or on the windowsill for a few days to harden off. The leaf needs to have the wound area dry and calloused. This area is where the roots will come from. When you ...


3

It's probably Kleinia petraea, the trailing jade plant, and not Crassula ovata, the upright jade plant. Care regime is the same, really, but its best planted in a hanging pot rather than a standing pot. I'd repot into a hanging pot which is just big enough to take the rootball it currently has - these don't need repotting very often.


3

A plant tends to put on more top growth when it is pot bound. So, don't re pot it for at least five years. You can pinch out the top leaf set and it may branch out. Another way to make it look bushier is to detach a leaf from the stem, let it dry for a week and then put it in the soil. It will grow roots and start a new stem. Fresh soil and lower light ...


3

Brown spots on leaves are usually caused by these factors: soil is too wet too often which results in waterlogged soil, virus/fungus/bacteria attack the plant and dead spots are usually seen in the oldest leaves first too much fertilizer can raise the level of soluble salts in the soil and cause "burn" sometimes physical damage can cause dead areas I find ...


3

To me it looks like over watering or poor drainage. If this is a cactus/succulent pot then don't water it on a schedule. Water it when the soil has a chance to go dry.


3

That is a very nice Jade plant. The leaves look plump which means they have enough water. How much you should water depends on the light levels, soil type and the pot arrangements. in winter months reduce water quantity so the leaves are still plump to the touch. optimum soil type is sharp sand (builder's sand) with a little organic matter like peat moss ...


2

The problem does look likely to be environmental rather than an infestation or disease. Jade plants (Crassula argentea) like plenty of sunlight, particularly in winter, and good air flow around them, so if it's in the house, near an open window in summer is helpful. You haven't said where you're keeping your plants but I think that's a Haworthia I can see in ...


2

Yes, remove them from the water and let them root dry. Once they've rooted again, don't water them as much! That's probably why the original plant rotted.


2

Adding pebbles to the top of the pot would likely somewhat reduce the rate that water evaporates from the pot simply by reducing the amount of moist soil that is directly exposed to drier air. Of course, this can be accounted for very easily just by reducing the frequency of waterings to allow the soil a little more time to dry. The pebbles themselves ...


2

This is a hard question to approach, it could be many things. If it is effecting the whole plant and you've ruled out the basics: Insects attacking leaves, branches, roots A larger plant taking over all the sunlight Water pooling Something that could have contaminated the soil where it is growing It's possible that it is some sort of disease. If it is ...


2

Many root rots are caused by a bacteria which takes hold if poor conditions are present like water logged soil. In a small pot of seedlings which have less resources than an established plant it's likely that if one has root rot the others have It does no harm to gently separate them into different pots with a free draining soil and good light and see what ...


2

This very similar question has a great answer and this one is about encouraging a strong trunk. Most jade plants do not grow really fast and very little pruning is needed unless you are aiming for a specific look like a bonsai tree. Re potting a jade is not required for young plants if you want to see more top growth. They can grow very large in small ...


2

If it were mine I would go with the first option. Be sure and let the cut part dry overnight before you put it in new dirt.


1

Well the obvious solution would be to pot it in a bigger heaver pot... But I believe you can prune jade and have the branches root. Even the leaves will root. You just need to let the wound dry out for a few days first before sticking it in water or soil.



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible