Spring glorious spring has sprung! All of sudden one of our jade plants (Crassula ovata) next to the foot-path was growing out of control. The big fat branches were getting much too heavy so they bent and drooped down. It was nice and rounded before. The only way to make it better is to chop all of the top part of the plant. Yesterday I just did that.
Oh no! That will kill it…. Not to worry at all with this large succulent plant. You can just break a branch and stick in in the ground and it will grow. Actually the more you cut the tip of the branches, the compact and rounded it becomes. As long as the soil is well drain, Crassula ovata will grow happily. In the sun, in the shade or as indoor plant, no problem at all. The only difference if you want it to flower, then you have to grow it in full sun.
Yesterday I had planted half of the cuttings. It was one wheel barrow full, stacked very high. I just used the old soil from the bonsai trees that I repotted recently. It was mixed with a bit of ordinary potting mix for a bit of nutrition. Today, there is still more to do, half wheel barrow full. I have to cut all the spent flower to make it look nice and tidy. Probably I will have about 20 pots of newly planted cuttings and quite a few of them are large that look more like mature plants. Some one I know sells stuffs in the market, probably I will ask her to sell them for me once the plants have grown roots.
What is left of the plant now is many exposed cut trunks and branches. It looks ugly now, but new leaves will grow back and the plant will be much lower and bushier. The cuttings in the wheel barrow (the picture above) are the remaining half that I have to pot today or tomorrow.