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Sandy03-Apr-02 11:16 AM EST 3b   
Ian03-Apr-02 01:40 PM EST 5b   
Alethea03-Apr-02 02:03 PM EST 3a   
Ian03-Apr-02 04:05 PM EST   
Will Creed, Horticulturist06-Apr-02 07:29 PM EST   

Subject: Jade Plant
From: Sandy
Zone: 3b
Date: 03-Apr-02 11:16 AM EST

I have a Jade plant that is getting quite large,but I was wondering if it is too late to do some pruning on it? I saw one on a gardening show, it was just in the background, and it was pruned to look like a topiary! What can you do to make it not so lopsided?

Subject: RE: Jade Plant
From: Ian
Zone: 5b
Date: 03-Apr-02 01:40 PM EST

I need help too....

My Jade is large also, except some (leaves) are turning yellow and falling off....more than usual. Too much water??

Subject: RE: Jade Plant
From: Alethea
Zone: 3a
Date: 03-Apr-02 02:03 PM EST

Yes Ian, sounds like too much water is a possibility. I like to keep my jade very dry and only water it when the medium sized leaves start to feel less firm and more spongy. To avoid the barren bottom look, you can, as the jade gets older, prune off some of the branches and plant them into the same pot. Succulents and Bromeliads root very well, often within 1-1.5 weeks. On that note, i have a friend who prunes off the longer branches of her jade, pots them into cute little clay pots, and gives them away as gifts. Her jade did get soo old and so big eventually that she selected some branches, potted them and threw the rest of the jade away. My jade is about 3 years old but it is a miniature jade which I find absolutely gorgeous. It is compact and only about a foot tall right now.

Subject: RE: Jade Plant
From: Ian
Date: 03-Apr-02 04:05 PM EST

Thanks Alethea......good tips

Subject: RE: Jade Plant
From: Will Creed, Horticulturist
Date: 06-Apr-02 07:29 PM EST

Sandy - It is difficult to completely re-form an already esablished jade into a topiary. However, you can certainly control its overall shape and prevent lopsidedness. Remember that growth tends to be in the direction of the primary light source. Lopsided plants usually get that way because one side always faces the light. Prune back the overgrown side substantially to try to create better balance. Pruning is as much art as science, so experiment with your pruning and see what results you get.

Ian - Yellow leaves are most often a sign of constantly moist roots. Keeping a jade in too large a pot is the most common cause of overwatering as the excess soil retains moisture for too long. If you have repotted your jade in recent months, that may be the cause of your jade woes.

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