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Help with Jade tilting

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by chrisPlantings on April 07, 2004 10:01 PM
I transplanted 3 smaller jade plants from individual pots into a large pot. Before transplant, each was healthy and had grown to about 1 ft in height. After transplanting, there was a lot of new growth and after about 5 weeks, one of the plants bent over from the weight of the upper limbs. I supported it but now a second plant bent over, dragging the first with it. The roots are still in the soil and they seem fine. The problem seems to be that the top growth eventually makes the trunks bend over. Aren't they strong enough to stand upright? What can I do besides cutting all the top growth off?
by weezie13 on April 07, 2004 10:31 PM
HELLLLLLLLO from Western New York!! [wayey] [wayey]
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by Jiffymouse on April 08, 2004 03:05 AM
[wayey] hi chris [wayey] welcome to the garden helper. to answer your question, no, jades are not strong enough to support full top growth. in a natural setting, the bending over is how they self propagate. if you will notice, from the part of the trunk that bends closest to the soil, there will be fine (or not so fine) "air" roots. those are there to grow into the soil to make a "new" plant without killing the old one. good luck, and know that if you cut the tops off, the trunk will thicken up and hold more weight each time.
by Will Creed on April 17, 2004 07:19 PM
When you move several plants into one pot, it is quite common for the individual rootballs to shift slightly as the potting soil settles in.

You can leave them as is; it does them no harm and may craete an interesting look. Or you can carefully re-position the individual rootballs so that the stems are once again more upright. It takes a little practice, but it is not that hard to do once you realize that it is OK to do it.

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