Q.I’ve read the questions and answers and still not sure if I can save my jade plant which is sentimental to me, this past month
a whole trunk broke off at the base trunk. and I began noticing other branches getting soft. I cut them off but it seems to be getting worse. I’ve cut on the plant for years and reproduced many plants from her, she is sick and I don’t want to lose her as I inherited her from my grandma. What should I do to save her?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
A disease called root rot is probably to blame. It is caused by a fungus that lives in the soil, especially soils that are wet. The fungi attack the roots of plants and cause them to decay. This endangers the well being of the plant above because the roots are no longer able to provide moisture and nutrients.
The cure is simple: Carefully remove the plant from the pot and remove as much soil as possible. Leave it out in the fresh air for a couple of days. You'll notice that the leaves and stems will dry. When that happens (again, a day or two is all that's needed), repot your jade in a cactus/succulent soil mix and a clean pot; the same size or only 1 size larger.