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How to Make Your Jade Plant Branch Out

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Crassula ovata, commonly known as Jade Plant, is one of the most widely grown succulents. Many people enjoy growing Jade Plants in their gardens, homes and offices. This succulent is an evergreen subshrub with glossy, rounded, fleshy, dark green leaves often adorned with red edges. The tip's coloration is more intense in full sun. Clusters of small starry white or pale pink flowers bloom in profusion from fall into spring.

If you want your Jade Plant to branch out and develop lateral limbs, pinch it back, and give it plenty of sun, water and nutrients. The best time to pinch back Jade Plant is in the early spring, before new growth begins.

Pinch or snip the tips of some of the branches back to the next healthy leaf node. Pinch back all or most of the growth on the sides of the Jade Plant to encourage it to form lateral branches.

Irrigate the Jade Plant after pinching it back to thoroughly moisten the soil and promote new growth. Continue to water the plant as often as necessary to keep the soil evenly moist during the spring and summer months, when Jade Plants are actively growing. Allow the surface of the soil to dry to the touch before watering in the winter.

Position the plant in a sunny location in your garden or within 4 feet (1.2 m) of a south- or west-facing window when grown indoors. The plant must receive 4 or more hours of direct sunlight per day.

Feed the plant an application of a balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer to jump-start its growth. Mix and apply the fertilizer according to the directions on the product label.

Source: ehow.com

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