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kingkaplan
Jan 13, 2016 3:36 PM CST
Hello! I have this variegated Jade that I want to make into a bonsai. It is mid-January and it is pushing new growth. I'm surprised that it is growing new leaves at this time of year and I didn't know if I should take some leaves/branches off now, or wait until its warmer out even though I am keeping it inside my dorm. If I should pinch anything off, what should I remove? This is my first bonsai so any help/comments are greatly appreciated!


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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 13, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Hello kingkaplan

Somehow your plant reminds me of a Portulacaria afra than the Crassula ovata. Anyway I find that both are usually actively growing at least in my area during the cooler months, and loves full sun. I would wait till Spring season though if you want to trim it down. How long has that plant been in that container? That is a nice glazed container, I hope it has drain holes.

kingkaplan
Jan 13, 2016 3:54 PM CST
Thanks Tarev! It has been in there for maybe a month and a half. People on 2 other forums told me to repot it in a larger pot and not do anything to it until it is larger.
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tarev
Jan 13, 2016 4:03 PM CST
It is too young for a repot, and I would delay repot to Spring if you feel you have to. The root system of that plant is really shallow so it will not help to move in a bigger container at this point, with too much soil in a bigger container, it will take longer for the roots to dry out, and being a succulent, the media has to dry out, otherwise it may invite root rot fast.

Just turn the plant once in a while so it will even out the direction of its growth, it will try to follow the sun, it loves the sun.

kingkaplan
Jan 13, 2016 4:07 PM CST
Ok! I have an organic starter fertilizer with tons of probiotics in it from Dr. Earth and a succulent/cactus foam fertilizer from empirical-gro. Which if any should I use?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 13, 2016 4:18 PM CST
To be honest with you, I do not use fertilizers on mine, but let us see what others would suggest.

kingkaplan
Jan 13, 2016 4:21 PM CST
I think I will use the starter fertilizer to build up its immune system and then later on hit it with the other fertilizer to promote growth
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 13, 2016 4:31 PM CST
Just not too much, okay, it is a succulent not a tropical plant, so it does not need too much fertilizer, they can thrive with really less. Reduce the strength of the fertilizer if you must use it.

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