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May 17, 2020 7:51 PM CST
Montclair NJ
hello - hoping for some good tips from some experts! I've had this jade plant for close to 2 years now, just repotted from a slightly smaller pot a couple months ago, and it thrives in my kitchen window. The one plant is getting very top heavy and was going to prune it back. (in hindsight, probably should have done it earlier, but ... i'm learning !)

But if I prune back the top heavy one, i'd be cutting probably most of it off..? and would i eventually have this problem again later?

do i need to repot it in a larger pot? I don't think that will help the top heaviness, but i like the size of this pot and keeping it on the kitchen windowsill
i was thinking about separating them? can i do that and/or would that kill it?
thanks and welcome any tips/advice!
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May 17, 2020 8:38 PM CST
Name: Baja
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I would suggest more light as a way to promote sturdy, stable growth.

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May 18, 2020 6:19 AM CST
Montclair NJ
That's so interesting. The window it has been in gets the best sunlight in my apartment. So I should just leave as is?
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May 18, 2020 9:50 AM CST
Name: Baja
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At some point you are going to have to cut the branch that points sideways (as it starts to sag and point downward) but for now I think it's fine.
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May 18, 2020 10:32 AM CST
Name: tarev
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I do agree, it just needs more light. Sometimes you may need to do quarter turns to even out plant's growing habit as it seeks more light.

Does that container have drain holes?

Also, you may want to consider moving that bent out one to its own container. That container is looking too crowded for it with two plants already. It is different if it is more wide mouth container, then there is more space in between them.
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May 18, 2020 1:44 PM CST
Montclair NJ
Thank you both! If I do want to separate, when I take the plant out, how do I go about separating the roots (assuming they are all tangled in one ). Should I cut along the middle? Sounds nerve wracking!
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May 18, 2020 1:59 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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I would not recommend you separate them. If you do it, be gradual and gentle about it, and don't water for at least a week afterwards. But they should do fine together.
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