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Nov 13, 2016 10:31 PM CST
Okay, so I think I overwatered my jade plant as I had no idea that watering must be reduced in winter... Duh! Anyhow, the branches are drooping, and I don't want to loose the plant. I have three questions:

1) Will these branches come back up, or should I cut them off at the main trunk?
2) What can I do to save my lovely Jade besides STOP watering? It seems nearly dry now by the way.
3) How do I trim this plant in the spring so that it grows strong upward, not outward and gets too heavy?

Please see the images I attached... It's hard to tell from the images but I have drooping in a couple of areas now on large branches. I am holding a couple of the drooping branches in one image to give you an idea of how big they are... So upsetting! Anyhow, the plant is quite large and measures about 30 inches wide by 20 inches tall. Please help!

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Name: Sally
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Nov 14, 2016 5:51 AM CST
was this a sudden thing? or could it be that they are just too heavy for the branch to hold up? A Jade indoors may not get enough light to be as stocky as one outside.
The pot does allow drainage, right?
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Nov 14, 2016 10:08 AM CST
That is a lovely, healthy looking jade plant. I don't think you are in any danger of losing it as long as it drains well, and dries out eventually. They are much better off with too little water than too much as you can see.

Those drooping branches look leggy to me - like the plant has grown long, weak, paler branches with the extra water and less light (winter, you know?) I think I would just cut off the drooping branches - you can start new plants from the cuttings if you want to.

Also move it closer to the window and maybe open the blinds to give it stronger light for the next few months. Depending upon how far north you are, the light gets very weak through December and January especially. It may not want direct sunlight but again that depends how far north you are = how strong the sun in winter is.

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Nov 14, 2016 10:26 AM CST
Yes, cut the drooping branches, and give it more light. You can prune as you like. These are very malleable plants that develop character as they grow. If you're worried about the plant getting top-heavy and falling over, reduce its height. If you're worried about too many branches going sideways, remove them. Afterwards the plant will recover and grow the way you have favored. Smiling

You cannot give this plant too much light indoors. It will do best and look best right by an unobstructed south-facing window this time of year (assuming you are in the Northern Hemisphere). Outdoors you cannot give it too much light either, but be careful if and when you move the plant outdoors in the spring, because it will get shocked if you don't provide a gradual stepwise adjustment to the greater exposure, and especially the UV (which normal window glass mostly filters out).

Jade plants growing in full sun (where they thrive in moderate climates) do not ever need pruning. They develop an attractive reddish tint around the edges of the leaves (this is a sign of adequate light) and are much more likely to flower in profusion.

Ideally time your watering for when the soil goes dry or mostly dry at depth, and water well, until it comes out the drainage hole. The surface layer will dry out much faster, so you need to stick your finger (or a moisture meter or a chopstick) in there if you want to find out. In good light indoors that drying out might take a week or two when the plant is growing well. There is no benefit to allowing it to sit around bone dry for any extended period of time. But winter is when you want to be most careful watering this plant in a low light situation.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Nov 15, 2016 11:38 AM CST
I agree More lite. Trim to shape as you like. Forse him grow the way you want. You wont kill him #!!!
One other thing. If you want it to grow taller and bigger. I would upsize my pot on him.
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