Posted 1M ago by @OrganicKPGreen

This #Jade plant was one my first plants that I bought when I got the idea to grow houseplants for a new hobby. I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t expect to encounter all the obstacles that kept popping up. Mainly pests, all the pests…so many pests! It was confusing but it grew just fine, and honestly was one of my best looking plants. I don’t know how, bc it was absolutely infested with all kinds of nasty beasties. A cloud of gnats surrounded it at all times and it stunk of mildew/mold and trash mixed with neem oil. Obviously all that was my fault. Ignorant to all things green, I put this guy in a dirty pot and used whatever dirt I could find: old stuff from the bottom of the pots of dead plants, no telling how old. Found random miracle gro bags years old and sitting open in my garage and used a lot of that. I already used all of the “new” potting soil I bought from the hardware store, so I supplemented with whatever I found. Oh, and the pot I used had no drainage hole!
After picking up a bunch of new knowledge and lots of fun potting materials for potting new plants, I finally decided to either ditch the infested jade plant or go for a Hail Mary.
So I flushed it completely out with the strongest bio pesticide/fungicide I could find. Mixed 2 Tbsp of concentrate in a gallon of water …and used half of it on this plant. Thought it would be dead the next day. But I took the chance for the health of my other plants and bc this particular jade plant was so feisty.
The next day I checked on it and what I saw was a SURPRISE!!!! It grew an inch taller overnight, the leaves and stems were green and glossy and fat (in that good way that rubbery plants have when they’re living their best lives). The smell was gone, and the swarm was gone. In fact, 90% of the bad stuff died within 36 hours. I keep tapping the pot to make sure no gnats pour out, and they’re seemingly gone for now.
I’m officially going to keep it, and tomorrow it’ll get a shower and root cleaning & care. Extra soft toothbrush on the leaves to remove what’s left of whatever has started to grow back on the leaves (looks like white paint, maybe a fungus? It’s not scale). Can’t wait to baby this soldier before I take it out to the bench and upsize its pot (I ordered a handmade Italian terracotta pot from Venice that’s truly special - and has a drainage hole). I have a specialty mix that I made for this tough cookie, and I can’t wait to get it settled in to its new home. I’m just amazed by the speedy growth of this one plant. I have several other jade plants in proper conditions that don’t compare to this one that had every going against it! #idontknowwhatimdoing #survivor #Newbie #happyaccidents @OrganicKPGreen
2ft to light, direct
8” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 weeks ago
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@OrganicKPGreen If you’re in the market for bonsai, I would totally recommend a weeping fig. That’s what Lady is, and I was able to learn a lot from her before moving on to other kinds. A lot of people also have good success with jades or schefflera bonsai. Really, though, the best advice I have would be to see if you have a local bonsai club. That’s where I learned the most, and was able to get specific help and hands on instruction. You’re also welcome to join me in #BravelyBonsai if you want!

Philodendrons are really lovely! I had no idea until recently that there were so many varieties 🤩

I love that window view! It looks like all of your plants are super happy 🌿
It’s gorgeous!! I think those plants that just hang in there in spite of all the newbie mistakes are extra special 💙

I feel that way about Lady, my oldest bonsai. She outlived her first owner, and the mistakes of said first owner’s husband, and then came to me when he realized that bonsai was not his thing, but he wanted his late wife’s plants to live. I was just new to the hobby, so we had our ups and downs. And a cross country move. Now she may not be my prettiest plant, but I really cherish her!

All the best to your little survivor/teacher! 🌿
I didn’t know bonsais could be so resilient, for some reason I thought if it wasn’t kept pruned by a bonsai “master” it would die! I’m still learning so much about this stuff, and it’s becoming more and more exciting the more I get into the finer details. Since my jade plant I’ve added about 15-16 new plants, and I’ve spent too much money lol! I’m excited about philodendrons right now, but I’ve been waiting for the right time to get my bonsai. Spending the majority of my spare time working carefully on each one is so relaxing and rewarding! Any particular plants that you would recommend for someone in my shoes? I’m just reaching out to all people and sources to keep learning more!
This picture shows how my plants are taking over my home office! It’s got the best light, though!
I’m going to take your advice and start looking at weeping figs!!! Thank you for the info and I’m hopping into #BravelyBonsai now!

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