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by CluelessJadeOwner on September 08, 2004 04:54 AM
Hi! I inherited a 29-year-old jade plant from my parents several months ago, and I'm terrified that I'm killing it. Without realizing that the plant could go for a month without water, I was steadily adding a quart every week, until I did my homework and realized I was drowning it. :-/ An entire branch has rotted through (see moldy trunk in pic), which I recently cut off. It's steadily dropping leaves, which seem to crystalize. The good news is that I've drilled a hole in the bottom of the pot and haven't added water for over a month. The plant is also budding new leaves. I've added two grow lights because I don't get much summer sun in my apartment. I clearly need some advice, and any and all is appreciated! Should I re-pot, with dry soil to "start over"? Any other suggestions? Thanks!

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by mich168 on September 08, 2004 07:07 AM
If it's growing new leaves, then you are on the right track. Keep cutting the rotton stuff off, use a stake or something to test the dirt for wetness, all the way down in the pot. You can get water meters, but the cheap method works pretty well.

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