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by Ally
(Melbourne Australia)


Hi, we have a giant outdoor Jade Plant that was wide and over 6ft tall. I’ve just come home to find it has been pruned back extensively, over 50% easily 🙁 I’m not even sure if it has been pruned correctly. Will it be okay? And is it possible to replant sections that have been ripped out?

Comments for Overpruned outdoor Jade Plant

Sep 19, 2020

No Problem
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

Jade plants respond well to pruning. It may have been a bit of a shock, but don’t worry, all will be well.

I’ve done this myself to a plant that unbeknownst to me, was a special legacy plant. The owners were almost in a rage when they came home and discovered what I had done, but it was fine in the end – the mother plant recovered beautifully and sent out lots of new fresh growth, and every single one of the precious cuttings rooted and were snapped up by customers. So, yes, it will be okay.

Take the pieces that were cut off and strike them into some sandy soil, preferably dry, for a week or two. They’ll root within that time, or a bit longer for really big cuttings.

As for whether it was done correctly or not, that’s another story, and only time will tell if the plant will recover. Whoever did this should be banned from your property.

You may be interested to see how I made a jade plant into a bonsai.