Hello - I read here that some have had success with rooting cuttings from a Jade. What was the best method you used?
I have a Jade and would like to make some cutting from it...
I usually make the cut just below a node as this is where the roots will emerge.making sure you leave at least one leaf and one node with an internode
Good for you for experimenting. I have also found that rooting hormone is not necessary with Jades.I used some rooting hormone on the ends before burying in the soil medium. In another trial I didn't use any rooting hormone.
This is the method that I have always followed. Jade cuttings can remain unplanted for much longer than that and will actually produce roots like this.Also I had read that after cutting a jade you should let the freshly cut section of the cutting "heal" by leaving it outside of any potting medium or water for 2 days,
Again I agree, although Jades don't seem too particular about soil I too prefer a free draining mix.Also, I tried two soils: shale with pine bark, and a cactus succulent mix--made up mostly of pumice and sand I think. Both seemed to work pretty good, but I'm more inclined to like the succulent mix.
This also is unnecessary for this species, in fact once I plant my cuttings I don't water for some time, they simply don't need it.One other step that I tried with a few of them was to put their pots under a plastic bag, propped up by chopsticks in the soil. This kept the moisture level up, and I never had to water them in a whole week and a half before taking the bag off.