How to prune jade plant?

ep5815September 2, 2013

Hi GW!
I'm new to the forum but have used them for help for a while. It's great to have such a wealth of knowledge at my fingertips!
My question is regarding my jade plant. I've owned it for quite some time, however, in the lat year it has really exploded. The new growth seems to be growing downward and outward and I would rather it do the opposite. Can you prune jade plants without killing it? I would love to see this jade have a long, happy life but more in control. Here's a picture to give you some idea of what I'm dealing with. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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start whacking away! a lot of people regularly prune their jades down to the trunks. its going to need more light to grow straight up like you want. also looks like your main trunks are growing down. maybe repot and reorient the trunks that have been pruned way back and then bump up the light. if this were mine it would probably be in about 20 different pots. lol

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 11:34AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

For the sturdiest, most upright growth, it's going to require better light. But you can certainly clean it up, removing the downward angling, dangling, droopy growth.


    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 11:51AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I think your first step would be to prune everything that breaks the vertical plane from the pot rim upward, back to the closest branch junction that's inside the pot rim.

After you do that, repot into a very fast draining (chunky) soil using the same pot.

At that point, you can select what will essentially be your new leader (the main trunk). After your plant has recovered from the work you did, you can start pruning off all the vertical growth or branches that support all the vertical growth to pare the plant down to a basic shape you can work with. From that point forward, your job will consist of keeping the plant healthy and removing branches in places that spoil or promise to spoil the plant's profile.

This is going to take a couple of years, and you can learn as you go by paying close attention to how the plant responds to your ministrations.

The plant needs more light. It needs to be in a very free-draining soil, and it needs to be fed regularly with an appropriate fertilizer. It's up to you to make sure the plant is getting all the nutrients essential to normal growth.


    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 12:06PM
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