Turface to Grit Ratio for Large Jade Plant

jamiedolan(4/5)November 10, 2010


I've decided that my large Jade that is in turface mixed with 10% compost is too wet and that I have to change it. I was thinking of using just grit and Turface for better support.

I wasn't sure if / why the pine bark was necessary, but found this in a message from last year:

> The only two reasons I use bark in my soils are to lower

> pH and because it's much less expensive than Turface

> or granite by volume.

> I have some pines and junipers, a Santolina

> chamaecyparissus ..... growing in a mix of nothing

> but Turface and granite .... and several other

> succulents

So 2 questions:

What would be a good ratio of grit (assuming #2) to Turface for a large Jade?

Do I need to adjust the PH, and if so, what do I add to the mix?

Thank You


Photo of the pruned jade:

Photo of what I cut off:

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Sorry, I should have said why I think I need to re-pot:

1. After about a month without watering, digging down about 5" revels wet turface.

2. There is a gray mold that formed on quite a few leaves, I picked these off.


    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 5:25PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Jamie, great job on the pruning!

Your rationale for re-potting is sound.

Unfortunately, I can't advise on the ratio of Turface to Granite, but I'm sure Al will help.

This time, when you re-pot, hold off on watering. A Jade that large can go without water for months.


    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 5:59PM
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deburn(6 - Boston MA)

Jamie, you have a great looking jade and that looks like a nice pruning job. Your cuttings, btw, are larger than my jade plant!! :-)

Josh, I finally got around to pruning my jade (not sure if it qualifies as a whack!) I'll post an update in the original thread


    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 9:25PM
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Thanks Josh & Deburn. I'm letting these cuttings callus over than I'm going to put them in gritty mix to root them. Hopefully I'll end up with some additional nice looking jade plants.



    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 6:24PM
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