What is this plant? I've had it since September, it was given to me by a teacher as a project. I think it might be jade, but shouldn't it have woody stems?

Thanks in advance.

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Well it does resemble a very poorly Crassula ovata, or Jade plant, if the leaves are quite fleshy - it should be dark green and more leafy, but this one is etiolated, pale and just about holding onto life, so it looks as if its been growing somewhere with insufficient light for a significant amount of time. You need to find somewhere else that's much brighter for it to stand, but initially, avoid direct sunlight - its not even used to normal daylight, and won't cope with direct sun in its current condition. Depending on how long the plant's been in the same pot, it may be time for some fresh potting compost and a slightly larger pot, so turn it out of its pot to check whether it is actually rootbound. If its not, then don't use a new pot. I'm assuming the small and weak leaves are caused simply by being grown in dark conditions, but if it's never been given any fertilizer, and it's been around for a while, it may need feeding. Hard to say how old it is, can't tell from its growth, but perhaps you know. Care information here http://www.houseplantsexpert.com/jade-plant.html

  • Just hanging on for dear life sums it up nicely.
    – Stephie
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 19:34
  • @Stephie - a commendable effort, by the look of it...
    – Bamboo
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 19:34
  • Tough little bugger ;-)
    – Stephie
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 19:35
  • This looks as if there are spider mite or some other drain on this guy. Or he's been in total darkness for a month. MORE PICTURES. Is it still part of our rules that newbies only get ONE picture? Can you imagine if we had a simple questionaire...4 or 5 questions, ability to have at least 3 pictures and depending on the answers of this initial questionaire send the OP a more detailed questionaire??? This site is just NOT like other sites where someone can ask a question and get a straight forward answer. They don't KNOW WHAT TO ASK! And our responsibility is higher than other sites!!
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 20:45

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