The following post will show you how to care for a jade plant and how to grow a jade plant into a tree if you're interested in a low-maintenance bonsai specimen.

Crassula Ovata, commonly known as the jade plant, also goes by other names such as Money Plant, Dollar Plant, and Friendship tree. Jade plant, also known by the name of Lucky Plant. The Jade plant is a succulent plant with thick leaves and stems. It symbolizes good luck and consistency because it’s an evergreen plant. The jade plant belongs to South Africa and survives well in mild climatic conditions. Several benefits make the jade plant a popular indoor plant. The Jade plant is not only a visually appealing plant but also comes with various benefits that make it a one-of-a-kind plant. There will be no end to its growth. Since it’s slow-growing, you won’t need frequent repotting, pruning, and fertilizing.

Choose the Right Jade Plant for Growing a Tree


Keep in mind that not all varieties of Jade will grow and take on the shape of a tree. You can go with Crassula Ovata, which can reach heights of 4-8 feet, 'Hummel's Sunset,' which can reach impressive heights of 3-5 feet, it takes about 10 to 20 years for Hummel's Sunset to reach its final height; Portulacaria Afra, which can reach heights of 2-4 feet, and Crassula Ovata. 'Lemon and Lime' can also reach 3 to 5 meters.


How to make the jade plant trunk thicker?


When you thicken the stem of a jade plant (Crab plant ovata, USDA zones 11-12), you give it a solid foundation that can support its entire growth. Jade plants are known for their beauty and tolerance to various growing conditions, and they are often successful even for novice indoor gardeners.

By ensuring you give your Jade the proper light, water, and nutrients, you can thicken the stem of a jade plant over time.

There are steps you can take to make it look fuller and thicker.

Step 1: Cut the long and destructive stems


Look at the stem of your Jade to note branches that seem too tall to support, stems that distort the shrub's overall shape and branches that bend and touch the edge of the pot. Cut these stems where they attach to the main stem or just after a branching fork with scissors to reduce stress on your plant.


Step 2: Declare Your Jade Factory


Transplant the jade plant into a new pot using a succulent potting mix if it has outgrown the pot it is in or if you know the existing soil is not made for succulent plants. See if the Jade has been rooted from the bottom of the pot as a sign that it needs to be hidden.


Use twist or soft plant ties to secure the main stem with the bracket. Be careful not to break the leaves or the main stem when tying. It would help if you supported the main stem with a bamboo stick or something else since it can become top-heavy.


Step 4: Leave Jade in the sun


Place your Jade plant on a bright window sill that gets plenty of light, though not always directly. A west- or south-facing window is usually best, but constant direct light can be too strong for your succulent plants. Jade plants benefit from a warm breeze but not a cold draft. In the summer, consider placing your Jade away from direct sunlight.


Step 5: Water Your Jade Plants Regularly


Water the Jade regularly from mid-spring to mid-autumn using lukewarm, not cold water. There is no harm in drying out the potting soil between waterings. During the winter, when the plant is dormant, reduce watering every six to eight weeks. Click here to learn how to water succulents in winter.


Step 6: The jade plants need fertilizer


Fertilize every two weeks with a 10-20-10 or 5-10-5 fertilizer during the summer months. African violet manure is also a good choice for jade plants. Follow package directions for application method and strength. If the fertilizer must be dissolved in water, use this water as a weekly watering to avoid overwatering your plant.

Tips for making Jade Plant trunk Thicker

1. Avoid overfeeding, and if you don't live in a frost-free warm climate, stop fertilizing from mid-fall till winter.
    2. Be sure to wipe down the shears with rubbing alcohol, as pruning with dirty tools can expose the plant to infection.
      3. Cut directly where it meets the plant stem when completely removing the branch.
        4. Pinching is the gentler technique for maintaining their overall shape and size.
          5. The best time of year to prune jade plants is from spring to early summer.
            6. You should never remove more than 20 to 30 percent of the branches on the plant when pruning jade plants.
              7. Too much watering can affect the jade plant - it's best to water when the succulent soil is completely dry.

                8. Also, jade plants can be quickly grown from cuttings and leaves; you can use both to create new plants! Click here to learn how to propagate succulent from cuttings.


                Final Verdict


                Turning your jade plant into a tree takes time and patience.

                You can turn this plant into a tree in a day or two, but you will need to grow it to a particular stage to prune it.

                If you have already grown your plant to a suitable size, you can use the suggestions above to give your plant a tree-like shape.

                But if you have any other questions about How to care for the jade plant, you can ask them in the comments. We will answer it for you.

                You may wonder: How to Grow a Jade Plant into a Bonsai Tree.

                5 thoughts on “How to Make My Jade Plant's Trunk Thicker

                April S

                I am new to grow jade plants. I have what appears to be three separate plants all growing straight up about 8 to 12 inches tall. I never trimmed or pruned any of the plant before. If I really do have three plants should I repot them into separate pots? I would like at least one to grow into a tree but I am unsure how to do this? Should I start trimming some of the plant to grow branches even though I don’t see a trunk? The leaves start low in the pot and just go up from there. Sorry lots of questions. I can send you a picture if that helps?
                Thank you for any advise.
                April S

                June 12, 2024 at 00:16am
                Eleanor Fisher

                My jade plant is bondsai and 24 inches tall with two strong trunks. Is it better to cut one down and have one trunk or leave them alone?

                March 11, 2024 at 20:04pm

                Good afternoon am interested to know why the leaves on my jade plant is turning yellow? Thank you for your help

                June 20, 2023 at 23:34pm
                Kathy Delozier

                My jade is outside (live in Bakersfield Ca). With all the recent bad weather my main stem has due to weight bent over. Is there any kind of steek I can use to hold.it up. Or would I be better off just to remove all the weight and just let it start over

                February 1, 2023 at 04:20am
                Gina Labrecque

                Hi. I Have had a jade plant for a decade it was given to me by a teacher, a clipping from her plant. I always hoped I could get it to grow thicker or even tree like but it has always stayed skinny. It branches into a Y shape about an inch above the trunk and I’ve had to clip the tops off or it tips over. Would it be better to support it? The leave have gotten much bulkier and the stem is about as thick as a pencil, which is a little thicker than it was at first. Any further tips would be appreciated!

                November 20, 2022 at 18:03pm

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