How to Save Root Rot in a Jade Plant

Written by Ivy

Apr 29 2022

How to Save Root Rot in a Jade Plant
When we taking care of jade plant, rotten roots of jade plant occur from time to time. The propagation methods of jade plant mainly includes hydroponic culture and soil culture. Therefore, rotten roots of jade plant should be analyzed from two aspects: hydroponic culture and soil culture. Now let me introduce to you how to do and save rotten roots of jade plant.

Reasons for Rotten Roots of Jade Plant in Hydroponic

As for how to deal with the rotten root of jade plant and how to save it, most of the reasons for the rotten root of jade plant in hydroponic culture are caused by poor water quality. If the leaves of jade plant fall into the water without cleaning, it will affect the purity of who will breed bacteria, affect the growth of jade plant and cause the phenomenon of rotten root. Failure to change water for a long time will also lead to rotten roots of jade plant.

Reasons for Rotten Roots of Jade Plant in Soil Culture

For soil culture jade plant, its rotten roots are caused by excessive watering and ponding of basin soil. Long time ponding will affect its root respiration, which makes it unable to absorb nutrients normally and make its roots rot. In addition, the soil of jade plant is too sticky, which will also lead to its decay.

Excessive Watering

Jade plant is easy to fall down after watering in winter and summer. Why does it fall down? It is because of the high temperature and humidity in these two seasons, or the low indoor temperature and lack of ventilation in winter, the rotten roots of jade plant will inevitably appear when watered. If watered when the ventilation is good in the growing season, it will absorb quickly and there will be no lodging of rotten roots. If it is found, we must deal with it in time, otherwise the whole branch will rot completely, and we will throw away the root jade plant.

How to Deal with Root Rot Jade Plant?

If excessive watering causes rotten roots to collapse, we must first remove all its soil, and the rotten position must be cut off until there is no rotten or brown position in the meat, which proves that it is cleaned up. After cleaning up, apply carbendazim on the wound. If there is no carbendazim, you can find some plant ash to apply it directly, and then put it in a cool and ventilated place to dry. How long will it dry? The carbendazim applied to his wound directly fell off. The skin was hard when touched by hand and did not continue to rot. then we can plant it separately.

Take Out the Basin

After the rotten root of jade plant is found, it cannot be maintained in the original pot, otherwise it will affect the later growth. The jade plant can be moved to an open position to remove the jade plant from the pot. During the pot removal, the root system should be prevented from being damaged again.

Pruning Rotten Roots

After taking out the jade plant, check the rotten roots of jade plant, trim the rotten roots on the plant, and keep the healthy roots. Disinfect the wound, prepare the sterilization solution, soak the jade plant roots in the solution, and put them in a place with good ventilation for a period of time to dry the wound.

Prepare Soil

We need to prepare flowerpots with appropriate size, transparent material and drainage at the bottom, and clean and disinfect them in advance. Prepare and prepare the soil suitable for jade plant growth, and be sure to maintain ventilation and air permeability. It can be mixed with rotten leaf soil, sandy soil, garden soil and base fertilizer, and disinfect and sterilize in the sun.


Put tiles on the bottom of the flowerpot, put the soil into the flowerpot, straighten and plant jade plant into the soil, cover the roots, and add a small amount of rooting water and fungicide. After jade plant is planted, it can be moved to a cool and ventilated place to keep the scattered light and keep the temperature within an appropriate range. It can take root in about a week.

Maintenance Management 

After jade plant recovers its growth, it must maintain good soil conditions, water appropriately and apply fertilizer appropriately to avoid rotten roots of jade plant caused by excessive water and fertilizer.
Jade plant spreading is also very simple. When we plant, we should configure the soil with better permeability, then directly insert the bottom into the soil and bury it, directly pour water into it, and don't forget to add some rooting liquid and bactericide. After planting in this way, put it in a scattered light environment to ensure good ventilation. If the temperature is appropriate, jade plant will grow roots quickly. If there is no accident, the roots will grow slowly in a week at most.
The root system of jade plant grows out and grows much longer. When it grows well, the branches and stems will return to firm and the leaves will return to full. After it obviously starts to grow, we can directly put jade plant in a place with sufficient light. Regular watering and fertilization can make it grow rapidly, which will completely revive jade plant. This is the best and correct way to deal with the rotten roots of jade plant.