This set of forums is an archive of our old CGI-Based forum platform (UBB.Classic) that was never imported to our current forum (UBB.threads); as such, no new postings or registrations are allowed here.

Please instead direct all questions and postings to the our current forum here.
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
repotting an old Jade help #31308
August 6th, 2005 at 02:17 AM
August 6th, 2005 at 02:17 AM
Joined: Aug 2005
Alabama
B
Bekah Offline OP
Junior Member
Bekah  Offline OP
Junior Member
B

Joined: Aug 2005
Alabama
I have recieved a mixed blessing. My grandmother gave me her very old jade plant. The plant was about 20 years old when she got it, and has had it for many years. The problem is it has been allowed to grow unchecked in a small pot. Most of the branches hang down below the bottom of the pot like a hanging basket and it is much bigger on one side. It has 4 main trunks but I have no idea how many plants are in the pot. One trunk grows only over the side of the pot, not up. I want to shape it up and encourage more balanced growth, and I am pretty sure it needs to be in a much bigger pot, there is a small crack on the pot that I am assuming is from the root pressure. I am just afraid of doing something wrong, it would be such a shame to kill it. It is otherwise healthy, with beautiful "bark", and is putting out new growth. Should I trim it in stages and then repot it ? If so how should I proceed.

Re: repotting an old Jade help #31309
August 7th, 2005 at 02:06 AM
August 7th, 2005 at 02:06 AM
Joined: Jun 2005
Michigan
N
newlife Offline
Member
newlife  Offline
Member
N

Joined: Jun 2005
Michigan
I don't have a definate answer, I am new to plants myself. but I will take a guess at it. I would repot it, if your not sentimentally attached to the pot, I would finish cracking the pot and take the plant out that way rather then pull it up out of the top, maybe it would be less disturbing to the roots.

Re: repotting an old Jade help #31310
August 7th, 2005 at 03:47 AM
August 7th, 2005 at 03:47 AM
Joined: Mar 2005
triangle, virginia
T
tkhooper Offline
Official Blabber Mouth
tkhooper  Offline
Official Blabber Mouth
T

Joined: Mar 2005
triangle, virginia
air roots develop from the stems to help support the plant as it gets bigger so it is probably hard to tell what you have after many years. It sounds like a wonderful plant. Certainly prune the plant and put the cuttings in moist soil and watch them root and become clones of the parent plant. And after you have shaped it put it in the pot that will allow for good drainage. I use a cactus potting soil for mine so it doesn't stay to moist.


[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
Re: repotting an old Jade help #31311
August 8th, 2005 at 07:03 AM
August 8th, 2005 at 07:03 AM
A
Anonymous
Unregistered
Anonymous
Unregistered
A


Hi Bekah,

You are very fortunate to have this special heirloom. It has done quite well in the same pot for many years, so there is no reason to change it. If you do put it in a bigger pot, I can almost guarantee you will be back here in a couple of months asking us why your prized Jade is dropping leaves and stems.

The crack in the pot probably came from some minor blow or drop. The roots are not cracking the pot. If the crack worsens, then replace it with the same sized pot so that you do not have to add any soil.

Your Jade would benefit from pruning. Cut back the longest, droopiest stems as much as you can stand. You cannot overdo it, so don't worry about it. Just keep pruning until you get it to the shape that you would like. The pruning will remove some of the weight from the branches and help them grow more upright.

Increasing the light will also strengthen the stems and lead to sturdier future growth.

Re: repotting an old Jade help #31312
August 8th, 2005 at 11:13 PM
August 8th, 2005 at 11:13 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Lakewood OH
J
Jeffrey S Offline
Junior Member
Jeffrey S  Offline
Junior Member
J

Joined: Aug 2005
Lakewood OH
I will gladly help see to the proper repotting of your jade plant


JS
Re: repotting an old Jade help #31313
August 11th, 2005 at 09:19 PM
August 11th, 2005 at 09:19 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Alabama
B
Bekah Offline OP
Junior Member
Bekah  Offline OP
Junior Member
B

Joined: Aug 2005
Alabama
Thank you to everyone who posted, and I will continue to check for more advice. I am going to trim first, I certianly don't want to be back asking about dropped leaf and branches. I am probably overthinking this because I can't replace the plant. I would never fret so over any of my other plants and they all do great. Jeffery S -- when I do repot I'll look you up, for now I'll just shape it up and see how it goes, It puts out new top growth for every branch I trim. I guess the plant knows more than I do. Thanks again all.


Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.0
(Release build 20190122)
PHP: 7.2.10 Page Time: 0.018s Queries: 13 (0.011s) Memory: 0.7644 MB (Peak: 0.8788 MB) Data Comp: Zlib Server Time: 2019-01-23 22:10:05 UTC