How to Trim Jade Plants


The jade plant is a succulent able to store water within its lush leaves. Originally from South Africa, jade enjoys warm, sunny conditions and requires little water to survive. After the first couple of years of growth, some jade varieties display beautiful flowers, while others are kept for their intricate leaf patterns. Jade plants require trimming only for aesthetic purposes, as they are quite happy to grow wildly. Pruning a jade plant may make it vulnerable to bacterial infection.

Step 1

Determine which branches on the jade plant require removal to shape the plant appropriately. Don't remove more than a third of the plant at one time.

Step 2

Prune the jade plant in late spring or summer for the fastest recovery time and least chance of infection.

Step 3

Cut off desired branches using a clean, sharp pair of pruning shears. Prune the branch as close to a node (or section) as possible. Sharpen the pruning scissors if necessary to keep them from pinching the branch while cutting. Make sure the cut is flush along the main branch.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


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