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at work we have (had) a huge jade plant. The heater in greenhouse packed up mid winter and it has dropped all leaves and has developed a mould on the ends.  One side is perfectly okay though. 
I’ll attach photos
the main trunk is in this state. 
What do you think are our options...
remove all soil and re soil the plant,
and whilst doing so check to see if a rooting issue causing this?
or remove the whole main trunk and leave the smaller side trunk that is healthy ? 

Im not a gardener so not sure on this, and I’ve noticed that this plant is fairly sensitive. 
The healthy side is sprouting new leaves so maybe splitting the plant would help 

thanks in advance 


  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,076
    Post some pictures and it will be easier to tell. The general advise is if they get rot then cut the rot out and let the wounds heal over. Soft or rotted material generally won't recover and can spread to other parts if left.

    A couple of questions though: You say it's in a heated greenhouse over the winter. Is the plant kept dry during that period or is it watered? Is there a reason you think the roots are the problem rather than just the cold?
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  • Yes was heated but that packed up. I don’t think it did get watered. 
    We did cut off the mould which has also made the stem underneath mushy,with a sterilised knife to make sure we didn’t add any infection to it. But it’s just come back again like that where we have cut 
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,076
    Oh wow what a specimen that was. Such a shame to see it damaged like that :/

    If the roots were dry then it's probably/hopefully just stem damage.

    What are the humidity levels like in there? I'm wondering if it's too damp for the wounds to dry properly. It might be worth asking over on the BCSS forum (British cactus and succulent socienty) as it may need some specialist attention to help save it.
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  • Yeah very sad.    Tried making an account to that but can’t get past the security question.   Haha 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,065
    Could you cut the branches back to good living tissue, and move it into a very dry space indoors where there is less humidity for the mould?
  • That’s a good idea. I’ll give it a go.. but is extremely heavy 
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