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Hortiscope: Jade, ficus and holiday cactus all need light, humidity

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Q: How do you get nice, thick stalks on jade plants?

A: Back in the 1970s, an interior plantscape designer noticed that interior plants that were subjected to regular air movement had more flex in the trunk and branches and were thicker and more robust. These stout stems were not subject to flopping over or breakage. Of course, good light was needed as well or else the air movement was not effective.

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