How to Prune Jade Plants


Jade plants, originally from South Africa, are popular houseplants in the United States. This succulent plant has smooth oval leaves and requires little care. Because the plant stores water and nutrients in its leaves, it does not need much water. However, with a little sun and occasional fresh air, most Jade plants will thrive and a thriving Jade often needs a little pruning. Regular pruning is a must for Jade plants to prevent excessive drooping and stem damage caused by weighty growth.

Ready To Prune

Step 1

Determine when to prune. Jade plants are prone to becoming top heavy with growth. This is an excellent time to start a pruning regiment. In addition. if you have noticed excessive drooping or an abundance of fallen leaves, it might be time to go ahead and cut out some old growth. However, Jade plants can really be pruned whenever you deem it aesthetically necessary.

Step 2

Select the pruning site. The stem will die back to a leaf node so go ahead and prune the plant all the way back to this point. Keep in mind the plant will likely branch at the site of pruning so if you want a branch in a specific site, go ahead and prune there.

Step 3

Cut stems back using a sharp pruning tool such as a set of pruning shears. New growth will emerge just below the pruning site so go ahead and cut the plant back as far as you think is necessary. Pruning back aggressively will help to promote compact growth.

Step 4

Start new plants with the cuttings. Jade plants are fairly easy to root in water. Take the cut portion of the plant and place in a clear glass jar full of water. Place the jar in a warm sunny window and give it a few days to sprout roots. Jades can also take root from burying the cut ends directly in damp dirt.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp clean knife, scissors or pruning shears
  • Water
  • Potting soil
  • Pot


  • 37 Houseplants Even You Can't Kill; Mary Kate Hogan; Sterling Publishing Company; 2007
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