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Name: Suz
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Suz82
Apr 15, 2018 1:40 PM CST
Hi, I grew my Jade from the leaf of my sisters plant. It took ages to grow and then suddenly went upwards.... a lot. I've realised the large gaps between leaves were because it wasn't getting enough sunlight. My new house/room is a south facing window so it's much /healthier and the leaves are growing close together now as it should. I'm just wondering if it's a bit too late though and whether I should prune it down and repot that? Or will more branches appear from the main trunk like the one already there now it's healthy? If I should prune, how far down should I go? Thanks in advance.
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Name: Kyle
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quercusnut
Apr 15, 2018 1:59 PM CST
If it were mine I would cut the top 4-5 inches off, let it callous a couple of days and pot it in a new pot. The original plant will probably put out new growth. Keep it, discard it or give it away. Or cut off the new growth when it reaches a few inches and make new plants if you want more than one.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Apr 15, 2018 2:27 PM CST
I'd cut it off to lowest branch for stability. It will branch off from there. 👍👍
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 15, 2018 5:01 PM CST
Prune the stem back to the point where you would like to see new growth start to emerge and grow upward.

The pot is plenty large enough and there is no reason to repot it, especially since it is healthy and growing well.
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Name: Suz
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Suz82
Apr 29, 2018 5:19 PM CST
Hi, thank you for the responses. Only just realised I had replies when I found the emails in my junk folder!

I've bought some secateurs so will brave pruning it tomorrow. Just wanted to check if I should cut across one of the rings or above?

I meant pot the bit i'd cut off not repot the remaining bit. I've already got root growth off the few leaves I'd taken off just in case I get this wrong.

Typically the damn thing is growing very well now and as it should (leaves close together) now it's in a south facing window, making me more nervous of pruning it and killing it, it also looks like the top is finally branching out...I presume where double leaves are coming through that means they'll turn into their own branches?
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Apr 30, 2018 8:27 AM CST
Thats ! Great news Six ! 👍👍😀
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 30, 2018 2:39 PM CST
Ordinary sharp scissors or a sharp kitchen knife are good enough to prune a Jade that has very soft stems.

Make the pruning cuts right above the rings, called nodes.

Yes, it is the top part that you cut off that can be propagated.

Pruning will have no effect on the health of your Jade; it will only alter its appearance.

The double leaves that have emerged may or may not develop into separate branches.
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