spwar wrote: - from what I remember mine grew more like a vine, horizontally out and down away from the pot, not vertically like in most of the photos. I don't know whether that means it's not the same plant or if it's just growing differently?
I have read that such sprawling can occur when a shoot that grew out from a stem, rather than from the main trunk of the plant, is used to start a new specimen. The stem doesn't thicken nicely, and the leaves seem to remain smaller than on a normal jade plant. While there are
vining forms of the jade plant, yours doesn't appear to me like it's supposed
to be following that growth habit.
) like to dry out somewhat between waterings, not so much as a cactus, of course, but remember that the plant stores water. It can only absorb so much. I notice that the growing pot is inside a cache pot. Cache pots don't have drainage holes, so be careful never to allow water to stand in the cache pot. Remove the plant and its growing pot from the cache pot when you water. Always allow plenty of time for any excess water to drain away from the plant after watering, before you return it to the cache pot.
They are sensitive to too much heat, so having one too close to the glass of a window, or even to a supplemental light source, can cause them to wither and drop leaves, and sometimes whole branches. Many owners then decide that the plant needs more water, so they provide that. Root rot and death of the plant is the usual result.
I gather that the plant has been in the same pot for several years ... is that correct? If so, simply repotting it in fresh soil might do wonders for it. You could try completely rerooting the stem ... use a smaller pot, about 3 or 4 inches in diameter. I would mix a good regular potting mix with a good mix designed for succulents. I think about 50-50 would be a good balance.