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Jade Plant HELP

Hi, I’ve recently acquired a large jade plant but have found multiple branches shriveled. I am very concerned and trying to save it. So far I have removed all the soil from its roots, and let it sit for 48 hours to let it dry out completely. The roots were dry and firm but some wrinkled and dead, so I removed those as best I could. I’m now trying to prune any branches that appear to be rotting or could be a problem to the longevity of the plant. Many of them have brown in the cross section of the stem when I cut them off though, and I don’t want to cut too many to cause more issues. Do you have any advice as to how to know when a branch must be pruned and when it should be left to recover?

Thanks so much 🙂


  • If the leaves continue to be plump and green, the stem is alive and there is no need to remove it.
    The leaves which are yellowing or already brown and crispy will either drop naturally or can be removed.
    If you feel it needs a slightly bigger pot, then do that but it isn't really a good idea to just leave the the rootball to dry out.  By all means trim off those roots which were shrivelled or rotten.  Re pot with a decent medium, give it a watering ( and perhaps a feed - Phostrogen is a good choice) and ensure you keep it in good light.
    The plant looks pretty good from your photos so I wouldn't worry too much.  If you don't already do so, try putting it outside in a shaded spot for the summer months.

  • Thank you so much for your feedback! 
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