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Feb 28, 2018 4:57 PM CST

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
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 28, 2018 5:05 PM CST

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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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
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
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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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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)
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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