Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Aerial Roots on Jade Plants Aren't That Uncommon

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Aerial Roots on Jade Plants Aren't That Uncommon

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Q - My wife and I have an enormous jade plant that is around 12 years old. Recently we have noted the appearance of air roots on the dorsal side of the limbs opposite the leaf. The root tissue resembles the beginning root system of a budding potato root. Do you have any idea what may have caused this plant to develop roots in the air?

A - I don't really view the development of aerial roots on a jade as a problem, as it is not that unusual. Threadlike roots will frequently emerge from dormant buds on the trunks of older jades. I suggest if they bother you, just remove them, as that won't harm the plant.

As the branches of older jades grow longer, they inevitably accumulate more weight out at the branch tips, which start to sag as a result. I believe it is this shifting from a more vertical to horizontal and drooping orientations that triggers an accumulation of plant growth hormones, causing secondary root growth on the branches. …

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