Jade Plant -New Thread
I posted at the bottom of an old thread titled "Jade Plant" today, but realized I'd have better luck with responses if I started my own thread on the subject (even though the other thread was similiar to mine...sorry to those who have to read this twice). Anyway, here's the issue. I've seen so many jade postings on pruning and cutting back. It seems to be an important aspect in caring for this plant. I inherited a large jade plant (in an 18" pot) because the people that had it were killing it. When I first got it, the trunks were completely limp and hanging over the pot. I withheld water from it, propped the trunks on sticks to hold them up, and put the tree in direct sunlight. Now the trunks can stand on their own. When I look at some of the pics people post of their jade plants, they look very full and nicely pruned. However, I personally like to see the trunks, and don't like such a full look. Believe it or not, I like when the little offshoot branches are strangly, hanging, and unpruned. That's just my preference. I know it makes the plant top heavy (I have to use sticks to hold up some of the side branches), but I really like the way it looks and I'm very hesitant to prune it. Is it bad for the plant to not prune it? I also notice that the largest trunk seems very "scaly" and dry (the others are fine). Is this ok? I recently put a humidifier very close to the plant, so I'm hoping that will help. Here are some pics, let me know what you think. Thanks!
Close-up of trunk that is scaly: