A year ago, my grandmother gave me a cutting from her jade plant and it has grown a little since that time. I repotted it about a week ago because the pot it was in was beginning to get too small. I used a 50/50 mix of organic potting soil and sandy dirt and I water it whenever the soil feels and looks dry. It sits in full sun for about 4 hours a day (I live in the UK so the light intensity is not extreme)

Here's a picture of it at the moment:


It grows REALLY slowly (my chilli plants I bought a week ago have grown as much as the money plant has done in a year)

Can I make it grow faster? If so, how? Also, is there anything I can do to make the trunk grow thicker and taller? (I want it less bushy and more tall + tree like.)


A plant tends to put on more top growth when it is pot bound. So, don't re pot it for at least five years. You can pinch out the top leaf set and it may branch out.

Another way to make it look bushier is to detach a leaf from the stem, let it dry for a week and then put it in the soil. It will grow roots and start a new stem.

Fresh soil and lower light levels imply there is no need for fertilizer for a few years. If you do fertilize this could result in the kind of growth that will attract pests who like juicy soft new leaves.

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