quercusnut said:The clipped plant may or may not throw new shoots. It's a wait and see. Personally I would take the cuttings and use 3-5 in a new pot and have a few bushy plants. Or you could pot them individually and have many single-stemmed plants.
purpleinopp said:Etiolation is a product of lower light, an exceptionally large distance between nodes. To change that, the exposure must increase. Etiolation and loss of older leaves due to lignification of the trunk or drought are not the same thing. I can't tell from the pics if your plant was truly etiolated or had just lost the older foliage due to age or drought.
Peat is the one thing I would not want in a pot with a Jade of mine. BUT, I also live in a swampy, soupy-with-humidity climate, not a dry one. Were you having trouble with it drying too often? If so, peat could help in that regard, but will still cause difficulty for roots to get enough oxygen. For a plant that is drying too often, I would always choose a bigger pot over a more moisture-retentive, less oxygenated soil.
DaisyI said:Yes, the only way to fix Etiolation is with brighter light. Pruning won't help a bit if you don't fix the light situation.
Your pruned Jade will sprout new branches but it may take half the summer. The new branches will grow at the nodes just below where you cut. That is a HUGE pot! You could put all your cuttings in there. No, now is not the time to repot - just be extremely mindful of overwatering. Stick your finger in the soil and don't water until its dry at the level you estimate if the bottom of the root ball.
When you get ready to plant your 'infant' jades, use cactus soil or regular potting soil (not moisture control) with added perlite (ration 1:1)