Pruning Jade Plants: Tips For Jade Plant Trimming
The first thing to do when you have a jade plant that needs pruning is to remove it from its current location. You can use your hands or any other tool that will not damage the root system. If you are using a hoe, make sure to keep the soil level so that the root ball does not collapse down on itself.
Once the jade plant is removed from its original position, you need to determine where it should go next. There are many options available to you depending upon what type of tree it is going to become. However, there are some basic guidelines that must be followed in order for the new growth to grow properly.
Jade plants can be divided into two types: those with single leaves and those with multiple leaves. Each type has different requirements for pruning.
Single Leafed Jades (Leaf)
If you have a single leafed jade plant, then you want to keep it as small as possible. To accomplish this task, simply cut off all of the leaves at once and let them fall naturally after they die back. This method works well if the plant is only going to get one or two more years before dying out completely.
Multiple Leafed Jades (Plants)
If you have a multiple leafed jade plant, then you want to keep it small as well. However, you do not want to cut off all the leaves at once. Instead, trim a few off and let them fall naturally once they die back. Make sure that you do not trim so many leaves that the plant will not be able to sustain itself.
You may also want to keep multiple leafed jades in a smaller pot until you know that they will be able to survive on their own.
Trimming and Pruning a Jade Plant with Proper Technique
One of the most common reasons why jade plants become sick is because they are over- or under-watered. As a general rule of thumb, jade plants like moist soil. You should water them every other day. However, if the soil seems to be very dry, then you may want to increase the watering schedule.
When it comes to trimming and pruning jade plants, there are many opinions on the subject. However, there are a few guidelines that can be used when determining how and when to trim. The first thing is to make sure that the plant in question is getting enough light. If the plant is not getting enough light, then the leaves will start to droop.
This means that it needs more light because the plant is trying to “reach” for the sun.
Pruning stems on a jade plant is a good way to train branching and promote bushiness. Make sure that you are pruning stems that are less than one year in age. If they are older, they will be harder to prune without damaging the rest of the plant. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is pruning off “leader” shoots.
These are the stems that shoot up very quickly. If these are not trimmed, then they will over power the rest of the plant and give it a “leggy” appearance.
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Crassula ovata (Jade Plant): Types, How to Grow and Care by C Hazelle – florgeous.com
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