Help saving my jade

Cereoid CEREOID at
Mon Feb 5 21:09:11 EST 2001

Propagation of the so called "Jade Plant" (Crassula ovata) is very easy.

You can cut the stems back with a sharp knife. It doesn't matter where you
cut because the cut portion will disarticulate to the nodes all by
themselves. The cut back stems will produce new foliage within a month.

To propagate the removed cuttings, they should be allowed to dry in the air
for a couple of days then placed in moist (not wet) coarse sand to root.
They should have produced enough roots in a couple of months to be repotted
in regular "cactus" soil.

Detached leaves can be rooted in moist sand by inserting the leaf base just
enough in the sand to cover it. They will root and produce new leaves at the
base but will take a number of years to produce a full sized plant. A word
of warning: variegates and chimeras do not come true from leaf cuttings.

"Louise" <louise at> wrote in message
news:MPG.14e8efacfa2b1be49896be at
> In article <95ms3q$jkfa$1 at>,
> CEREOID at says...
> > Dear Edwin,
> >
> > My reply was to Tom in the format he used, not you.
> >
> > If you think anthropomorphizing is okay, then you are part of the
> > It does noting to solve his plant care problem. It only adds to it.
> > what some crackpot author has claimed, plants are NOT like people at
> >
> > Tom's plant was a cutting. A very young plant is a seedling. You really
> > should try to learn the appropriate terminology if you want to be
> > understood.
> >
> > BTW, do a spelling check before posting next time!
> >
> >
> > "Edwin Hutton" <e.hutton at> wrote in message
> > news:3A7EC8C9.8953C72B at
> > > Cerieod,
> > > You have committed the worst offence by posting in HTML. At least
> > > most of Tom's posting was in plain text. Also I don't think that
> > > calling a very young plant a baby is anthropomorphising it.
> > >
> > > Edwin Hutton
> >
> >
> >
> It's really helpful when the two of you argue and no one answers the
> question posed by the original post.
> Without going into the age of the plant, I too would like to know the
> best way to cut back and re-root both stem cuttings and individual
> leaves.
> Can anyone make a suggestion?
> Louise

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