Weekly Dead Plant: Jade Edition

Aug 14, 2012

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a lot of lost leaves on this jade plant

My girlfriend who lives in Vegas sent me this jade plant as a birthday present “a bit of the desert” if you will… You see I had just gotten Patrice, and she must have thought plants were my new thing. Which I guess they were. The good thing (I thought) about jade is that you only have to water it once a month. You put it in a bowl of water for an hour and then bam you’re done. So I set Siri to remind me about that shiz and she got her first watering in Julyish?

She’s been steadily losing petals? Nubbins? Whatever they’re called. I thought maybe it was just natural shedding, but its looking seriously sparse now. I googled “caring for jade plants” and OF COURSE the first sentence is about how easy it is. I think my apartment is cursed. Trying a new pot and location. Stay tuned.

those jade tentacles freak me out

Also, WHAT are those little tentacle things? Does it need more dirt to feel secure? Should I mound it up? I can get more dirt. I guess there’s a wicked case of erosion in my bedroom.

PS. Maybe they’re pissed because I haven’t named them. But technically each individual stalk is its own plant right? So maybe like a group name. Brainstorm below, best name gets featured tomorrow!

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Rachel August 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

I have a Jade plant too! (not sure if it’s exactly a Jade, but very similar, it’s a succulent) Those little tentacles are rootlets. So if this gal were in the ground, she would be expanding and setting new groups of roots. If you cut them off and put them in another pot, you could have more Jade plants! (I have not yet done this because I have so many plants. I should mail you some). The limbs on mine are growing long and then curl up with the rootlets on the bottom. I have it in full sun, and it still sheds like a beast all the time.
Not sure what to name her though…..


Beckie August 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

well evidently the whole jade succulent family is called Crassula. *the more you know. I think I’ll split them up and see if they’ll behave.

James August 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Hydra, Scylla, or Medusa for the many headed aspect. Or for clone aspect, perhaps name one Larry and the rest Daryl. Or name all of them George Foreman. Or Boba Fett.


Beckie August 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

amazing James, I like the clone thing!

Lesley August 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Our plant is named Iggy, and somehow he has survived being unintentionally transplanted from a broken planter, to a bucket, to an oversized pot with not enough soil because who buys an ENTIRE bag of soil when you own one plant? Anyway, I’m all for Gertrude.


Beckie August 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Me, I do. You can never be too prepared. See the erosion situation. Also, I like to let the dirt rest between deaths.

Jenn August 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

I have the exact same problem with plants, even bamboo eventually dies on me. I think the most resent issue was the cat gnawing on the leaves. I got the email for this book and thought it might be good for me and you to take a peak at: http://bit.ly/PYqGs3 Maybe some plants will survive?


Beckie August 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

ooh, the “unexpected houseplant” what a mysterious title!

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