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Name: Bria
Northern VA (Zone 7a)
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Bschmuck
Sep 6, 2020 6:51 AM CST
This is my favorite plant and first houseplant. I had no idea what it was for many years or how to take care of it. Only recently have I been wanting to pay it more attention and help it to grow bigger and fuller.

How do I encourage this guy to grow HUGE? And is there a way to make it bushier?

I have never seen it bloom, so it would be cool if I could help it do that as well.

I have only repotted it once and it was about a year ago. I did notice growth increase when I potted up. How often should I repot?

It is in miracle grow succulent mix. I water when I notice the leaves starting to pucker. It has never dropped a leaf or been pruned, cause I don't know how to do that. It is in my sunniest window, north- facing.

Thank you for any advice you can offer!
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jikoller
Sep 6, 2020 10:06 AM CST
It seems like you've done a really good job taking care of your plant so far!
If you want a bushier plant- you don't necessarily need to cut off branches especially if you don't have a lot of branches to begin with or if your just looking to get it bushier/fuller. You can always just snip off the new growth at the ends (which seems wrong but it does encourage new growth.) to achieve even more sprouts.
Cutting off stems should be done in spring and summer if you want to keep the plant happy.
I would watch some YouTube videos on how to prune just to give yourself more confidence!
Repotting shouldn't be done too often because it stresses them out when you change their home. I've had some of my plants in the same pots for several years. However, once you notice the roots getting too big for the pot and start to wind up then that's your que!

Good luck!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 6, 2020 10:16 AM CST
Jades don't really ever need pruning but, to grow big and full (and bloom) they need sun. Your Jade isn't getting enough sun - I can tell by the length of the space between leaf sets. It looks really good for a Jade growing in a north window; you should be proud of the job you have done growing it. But, don't expect big, full and husky and flowers. Pruning will not help.

Someday when you do repot, Jades have small, shallow root systems so do better in a pot that's wider than deep. You might have noticed a growth spurt when you repotted because the soil you used contains a little fertilizer. Next spring, instead of repotting, use some fertilizer mixed at half strength.
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Name: Bria
Northern VA (Zone 7a)
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Bschmuck
Oct 20, 2021 4:08 PM CST
Hey guys, I got around to repotting this guy after lots of searching for the right sized shallow pot, as @Daisyl recommended.

The soil was hard as a rock and I couldn't see barely any roots. I assume very little water was actually getting absorbed whenever I watered because it would run out of the drainage hole almost immediately.

I did my best to loosen the soil gently after soaking it and found that most of the roots seemed to grow out from the base and not down.

Here's the finished product. I hope I didn't hurt it too much. I believe I should hold off on watering a bit after repotting? Is that right?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 20, 2021 5:32 PM CST
Very nice job! And very nice pot. Your plant looks great. Yes, wait at least a week or more before you water. Now you know why I recommended a wide shallow pot. All that extra dirt at the bottom of the pot is doing is holding excess water.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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