Pruned a few Jades....

greenman28 NorCal 7b/8aApril 3, 2013

Couldn't take it any longer....
a couple Jades (Crassula ovata obliqua and Crassula arborescens) had really gotten out of hand.
So I stumped the obliqua back to nothin', and literally cut the arborescens in half. I've been wanting
to whack these for a while, and I feel better already... there's a lot more room on the window-sill now!
The Crassula ovata 'Crosby's Compact' just needed some tips trimmed.

Before:

After:

And then I had to address this Crassula ovata 'Gollum' that I've been grooming for a bonsai
presentation. Started as a small cutting from Joscience, which I rooted in the garden.

Before:

And after. Perfect height, trunk, and branch origination.

Thanks for lookin'!

Josh

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gmaculata(5)

LOVE IT!!!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 10:58PM
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cactusmcharris

Sparing is daring
Josh your cuts
Are debonairing

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 12:15AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Gracias, Gents! Glen and Jeff, I knew I could count on you ;-)
I know those first Jades are still too tall for Jeff's taste...but I figured that last one, coming in at just under 5 inches, would make the grade. I also did some snippin' on my Portulacaria afra...but that ain't a Jade!

Josh

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 12:32AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Thanks for taking the time to document the process.

tj

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 4:02AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Looks great Josh!! It will look even better in a few months. Great job!!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 7:39AM
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Laura Robichaud

They came through the winter happy and healthy!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 10:54AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thanks, tj and Nancy!
A few months hence we'll re-visit these plants and see how they've developed.

Josh

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 11:00AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Laura, I missed your post!
They tolerated the Winter quite well, other than a bit of stretchy growth on that obliqua...it's one of the fastest growing Jades I've met. The 'Silver Dollar' Jade is remarkable in that it grows in such a small pot and requires very little water - must be those thick leaves. I water it less than any other Jade, and it's in a coarse mix of nothing more than red and grey lava rock (Scoria).

Josh

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 1:41PM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Beautiful 'Silver Dollar.' Still need to find one of those because I really admire the color.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 3:10PM
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cactusmcharris

Mine got a cut last month, too. It's really kind of surprising they grow so much in winter here.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 8:17PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Whoa, is that Stumpy?!

Josh

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 9:08PM
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TT, zone 5b MA

Timber! They all look great!

T

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 10:23PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Josh, nice looking jades and your pots look mighty nice too, I have some I'll try to post tomorrow.

Cactusmcharris , Boy yours looks like the Hawaii high five sign lol once the leafs show up I'm sure it'll look even more interesting .

Greg

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 10:39PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Josh here it is, I actually placed this in a pot this morning before I left for work, dedication huh?

Greg

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 6:33PM
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americangolden(ZONE 5B)

Looking great greenman!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 6:36PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thanks, American!

Greg, a very fine-fingered Jade, indeed! 'Gollum' or 'Skinny Fingers,' close enough. Yours is showing great color.

Josh

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 8:20PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Hey Josh! You are very daring and I admire you for that. I can't remember the last time I cut mine way back and in fact I have been a bit afraid to do so.

Do you think if I post mine you can guide me since all yours always look super?

Good to see you and the beauties you show here:-)

Mike

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 7:18AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Mike, welcome back, buddy ;-)
The longer I stare at a gaunt or imbalanced Jade, the more I want to chop it! Post a pic please, and I'm sure we can suggest some possible cuts. Can't hurt to brainstorm...

Josh

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:23PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Well, I debated whether I should post these updates, as I certainly don't want my posting to appear antagonistic. That said, I took the pics to be shared, so that's what I'll do. I'm most excited that the obliqua is showing signs of new growth...sure, I believed it would, but taking a Jade back to nothing always presents a risk.

The small-leaf Jade (most likely 'Crosby's Compact') that I tip-pruned.

And lastly the 'Gollum' that was pruned.

Josh

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 6:01PM
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mrlike2u(**)

Antagonistic ? You ?
Not to disbelieve you but I'd say your more confident that antagonistic.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 9:54PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thanks, Wes ;-)
Look at those...a leggy pruned Jade, and a 'Legolas'!
Is that top Jade a 'Tricolor'? I can just barely make out some of those pink-tinged new leaves. I like the kink in the stem.

Josh

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 12:28AM
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mrlike2u(**)

The former leggy growth of the tri color is is one of those things I inherited last year and has seen worse leggy days thinking it's Crassula Argentea or C. Lemon Lime.

Why I have a soft spot for the not so well grown plants I inherit is yet to be explained.

Just wanted to sneak the 'Legolas' in for you, I'm exited to receive the cutting as gift from a common variegated plant fan friend who has a firm no leggy plants allowed policy.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 7:52AM
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gmaculata(5)

That legolas needs some water!!! :-)

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 7:21PM
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emerald1951

Hi josh I have seen this thread before, but I gotta say I love your jades they are so great looking.....
i like the jade thread with lots of pictures thanks....linda

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 8:25PM
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