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PleaseGrow
Feb 28, 2018 4:57 PM CST
Hi,

My jade plant was top-heavy when I bought it and I wanted the stem to strengthen up to support the weight. I took off some leaves from the bottom and lower stems to try getting the plant to focus on building up its stem. That worked well enough (it started corking) but the leaves took some stem with them and I'm not sure if those part of the stems can support more branches.

What should I do, if anything?

I wanted to cut the branch above the node that the leaf took stem off of to get more branches but I don't know if that's do-able anymore.

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The stick the plant is tied to was there to help it not too over when it was top-heavy. I don't think the plant needs it anymore though.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 28, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Welcome!

The only thing that will strengthen and thicken the trunk of your plant is time and better light. You caused a lot of damage removing those leaves so I'm not sure what will happen with those branches - they could just break off.

BTW, I'm not sure that is the plant usually called Jade (Crassula ovata), the leaves don't look right.
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WillC
Feb 28, 2018 5:40 PM CST
I concur with Daisy's assessment. If your Jade is top heavy, then consider pruning one or more of the stems. But more light is the key.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 1, 2018 1:56 PM CST
Howdy there Partner I tip my hat to you.
You did what you thought was best.
Butt, you were kind of ? How can I say this nicely ?🤔??? Humm ! Backwards !
Top ! Is key word, in top-heavy.
You made it more top heavy, trimming only the bottom.
Ya should of been trimming the top also, till branches developed.

Don't worry though 😀 ! We fix 👍.
Cut 3 branches back, to leave 4 leaves on each branch, that will lighten the top. The branches will branch off.

Take the 3 cuttings and root them, for ???

Keep in as much lite as possible.

When weather starts warming, repot her to a wider, more shallow pot.

Ttfn Partner 👍
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PleaseGrow
Mar 2, 2018 7:46 AM CST
If I cut back the branches and they branch into two then will the weight be supported by the branch the new branches come off of? Because that initial branch is damaged (I have a picture above).
Thank You!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 2, 2018 6:10 PM CST
Howdy again Partner 😀
Answer to your question, is yes!

You have the main branches, we'll call, the main scaffolding, like a well formed tree has. It is swell looking right now. 👍😀 !

By trimming the top, your lighting the the top heavy-ness, forcing it to branch off, and the main scaffolding to develop.
It will be slow.

As it branches, think how you want it to look. 🤔. and cut undesired branches off.
When new branches reach around 3 or 4 inches, just barley snip them off, so whole process starts again.

By next year, you'll have a nice looking plant.

Good by for now.
Philip 😎😎😎














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PleaseGrow
Jun 5, 2018 1:13 PM CST
Hello,

This is what it looks like now. Should I trim it again? I don't know how to get it to branch off in the opposite direction from the one it's currently growing in.

Thanks for all the help!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 6, 2018 11:50 AM CST
More light is still the answer for what your plant needs. The plant will naturally follow where your light source is. So if you cannot bring it outdoors to get more direct sun, then just do gradual turning of your container so all sides of the plants gets its share of light. Or you may have to consider adding indoor plant light for it. The color of your jade leaves is deep green, which to me already indicates it is not receiving enough light.

I would not recommend trimming anymore, just try to provide more light. That plant will eventually thicken its trunk enabling it to have more upright support. It is a slow growing phase, so got to be patient.
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PleaseGrow
Jun 18, 2018 9:14 AM CST
There are two really small leaves between bigger leaves on a branch. Is that cause for concern? Why haven't they grown to the normal size like the rest? Leaves that grew after them are bigger too.


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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 18, 2018 10:08 AM CST
Still the answer is poor light conditions. It is good to see though it has new growth, so the plant is trying to add more leaves. Again got to remind you, it is a slow growing plant, and it further slows down a bit when its needs are not being addressed correctly.

Is there a way to raise your container to be at level with the window, so more parts of the plants gets good light? The more light it gets the better for it.
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PleaseGrow
Jun 18, 2018 10:54 AM CST
I have it on the windowsill. Window faces southwest. I don't have any directly south facing windows unfortunately. But I could raise it higher by putting something under it. I just find it strange that none of the other leaves are as small. Glad it's growing though.

Thank You!

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