Re: old jade plant not doing so well....

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Posted by Newt on May 03, 2003 at 21:13:50:

In Reply to: old jade plant not doing so well.... posted by George Kozel on April 30, 2003 at 07:26:24:

: I was given a huge jade plant(foliage 4' diameter).
: It sits at my office w/ lots of sun and initially did well. Lately I noticed little red spots and sprayed w/ dilute dishwater/water combo. The spots are gone, but the foliage is wrinkled and limbs are dropping.
: Should I water more? Water less? Plant food?
: (I realize the problem may be the dishwater and have discontinnued - maybe I should spray w/ plain water?)
: Thanks for any suggestions - I really like the plant and hope it does better.

: George

Hi George,

I always say "know thine enemy before you spray". When you say that you used "dilute dishwater", I'm hoping you mean that you used fresh water into which you put dishwash soap, and not 'used' dishwater that dishes have been washed in.

I don't know what your red spots were. You could try this site for that so you'll know what it was. Glad to hear that they're gone. I wouldn't recommend any more spraying until you know what the problem is exactly.

http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/hgic/diagn/

Here's a site for homemade remedies.

http://www.co.broward.fl.us/ppi00200.htm

If the foilage is wrinkled and the limbs are drooping, it sounds like overwatering. Water when the top inch or two is dry. Just stick your finger in up to the first knuckle to see if it's dry. Let the water run out the bottom of the container and don't let it sit in water for more than an hour. If you have been overwatering, you are at risk of losing the entire plant. Let it dry out pretty thoroughly. You might want to break off a couple of limbs near the top and let them sit for 4 days to callous over. Then put them in moist potting soil. They will soon form roots.

Good luck,
Newt

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