Jade Plant So Large Branches Bending Over. - Knowledgebase Question

Tottenville, NY
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Question by Platinum1eve
March 10, 2000
We have a Jade that is about 3 1/2-4 feet tall and the brances are beginning to grow over due to their own weight. We happen to love the size of this plant and are not looking to divide. However, we are looking for ways to help this "tree" stay healthy and grow full. Should we put stakes and twine to help the branches grow upright?

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2000
These trees tend to eventually split or break off "branches" as they become too heavy or overgrown in an effort to self-prune, so you may want to tip prune it lightly to help it maintain a better balance. Removing a portion of a branch will cause the tree to branch again from that point and results in a denser growing plant. Make sure it has ample sunlight so it is growing as stockily as possibly and that it is not overly fertilized as this will also contribute to weak floppy or overly succulent growth.

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