Ask a Question forum: Should I prune my Jade plant?

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Name: Suz
Apr 15, 2018 1:40 PM CST

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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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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
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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
Professional indoor plant consultan
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.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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