Cacti & Succulents

Jade Plant Branches Rotting – Causes & How To Fix This Common Issue

Header Image: What Causes Jade Plant Branches Rotting?

Considered to be a symbol of good luck in the East, jade plants (Crassula ovata) are a joy to care for and with proper maintenance, can be a beautiful house plant that adds a touch of class and color to any home or office.

However, if you’ve ever experienced jade plan branches rotting, you might not be feeling so lucky!

Thankfully, all is not lost and with a little TLC your beloved jade plant will be back to full health in no time at all.

In this post you’re going to learn:

  • What causes branches to rot,
  • How to fix the issue
  • What to avoid going forward to prevent it from happening again

Let’s get started.

How To Fix Jade Plant Branches Rotting

The most common cause of jade plant branches rotting is down to moisture. Either you’re overwatering your plan or the pot isn’t allowing water to drain away. Thankfully the solution is simple – remove the rot and re-root the stems.

Below, we walk you through what you need to do:

1. Remove The Rot

  • Starting at the bottom of the stem, gently squeeze – if it feels soft and mushy this is generally a sign of root rot.
  • Move up a few centimeters and squeeze again, keep going until you find where the firm area starts.
  • Once you’ve cut the stem, take a look at the end – if it’s black, cut a little higher so you’re sure there’s no rot left.
  • Repeat the process with the other stems until you’re sure there’s no rot left.
  • Don’t worry if you’re left with no rooted stems, jade roots well from healthy cuttings.

2. Re-Root The Stems

  • Dip each stem in rooting hormone and let them dry for three or four days.
  • Place each stem into a plant pot filled with cactus mix, burying the stems around 1-2 inches deep.
  • Loosely bin the stems together and use stems to provide support.
  • Water and leave the plant in a shaded area ensuring the pot doesn’t sit in water (don’t use a saucer under the pot).
  • Only lightly re-water when the cactus mix looks dry.

If you’d prefer, you can also follow the steps above but rather than combine the stems together, you can individually plant them in new pots – giving you lots of lovely new jade plants.

Whichever option you choose, keep an eye on new growth as this is a sign that the plants are rooting and you’ve been successful.

The Bottom Line

So there you have it, while jade plant branches rotting can seem like a cause for concern, fixing the problem is just a case of cutting away the rot to prevent it from spreading upwards.