I have a Jade plant that was grown for me from a cutting about 5 years ago. Since that time, I've propagated another plant from a branch and I now have two healthy plants.
My concern is that my first plant is now starting to look pretty tall and top heavy. Which is not very aesthetically pleasing. There is a single trunk which grows up about 10" with very few leaves left. Most of them have fallen off due to physical trauma (the plant has been moved a LOT). At 10" the plant splits into several healthy branches, which are very attractive. The plant needs to be repotted, and while I'm doing that, I'd like to try to address the aesthetics. I'd like to try to save the top of the plant, but lower it down 5 or so inches so that it doesn't look quite so awkward.
I'm considering two different options:
- Lopping off the top of the plant (the pretty part) and sticking the bottom inch or so of the barren trunk into new soil, in the hopes that it roots and starts a new plant. Then my original plant will grow out new branches lower down, and I'll be left with two, more attractive looking jade plants. My major concern with this approach is that the roots will not grow quickly enough to support the top of the plant, and it will die.
- Repotting the plant, but potting it about 2-3 inches further down into the soil, and letting roots grow out of the trunk, keeping only the main plant.
EDIT: After posting, I came up with a third possible option:
- Breaking off the 3-4 lower most leaves when repotting and trying to propagate them as new plants in the same pot. If they survive and fill out nicely, then it could make the whole thing look fairly attractive.
Any suggestions on the best approach?