Moldy Jade stumps

varga21February 17, 2014

I will start by saying that i think I have been over-watering my jade (and will stop that immediately). I haven't changed any conditions recently, no repotting, light changes etc.

One side was growing downward, despite lots of sun and warm location, and the other side was proliferating nicely. One branch (2-3 inches thick) was so heavy that i woke up on the weekend to see it broken and seeping all over the floor. I took a clean sharp knife and cut the end cleanly with a plan to root and pot the broken branch. I thought the end would just dry out?

Now, a couple of days later, the end I cut is full of black mold, and the stalk is becoming soft. I am worried that the other branch that is just slightly below the cutting will also die and fall off. I also don't want the mold to spread to the rest of the healthy plant!
Help! I don't want to cut off the mold, with the risk of just creating the same problem again.

This post was edited by varga21 on Mon, Feb 17, 14 at 12:37

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Make a new clean cut, and dust with cinnamon. Good luck!

That lower branch will most likely have to come off. Looks like the initial cut is too close to avoid it.

Josh

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 12:41PM
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varga21

I trimmed and dusted with cinnamon as suggested, but the softness continues further down the stump. I am concerned that trimming more will just make the problem persist and put the roots in jeopardy. How far back from the soft part should I cut? I lost another branch this morning, as well. The soft part tunnels about 2-3 inches from the stump.

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 11:48AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Shoot.
Well, unfortunately, you've got to cut back to healthy green tissue. Just keep cutting until the stem is a clean greenwhite, and then dust that cut with cinnamon. Can you post a pic of the entire plant?

Josh

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 12:12PM
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