You can prune jatropha at any time. If you would like yours to grow in a tree shape, simply cut out all but one stem coming out of the ground to force it to have a. Jatropha can be pruned in two ways. One is multi-stemmed shrub and the other is single-stemmed small tree. Since jatropha has the capacity to bloom. Jatropha shrubs grow tall if left non-pruned. Pruning helps to keep the height within harvestable distances. Since, Jatropha flowers are borne on leaf axils of new.

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If placing along a walk or drive, come in 4 feet. About the Author Jennifer Loucks has been writing since You can see why Jatropha multifida is often called coral plant. Tip Wipe the blades of the pruning clipper with isopropyl alcohol to prevent the introduction of disease in the open wounds after trimming.

Pinch off the tips in each subsequent year until the plant reaches a height of 6 feet. Later it spread to southern parts of the US where it became popular. If you plant several in a row, place them 4 to 6 feet apart.

They’re moderate to fast growers and need the warmth of Zone Like most plants, it flowers best when it gets an even supply of moisture though the season. Edward Baker, some rights reserved cc-by-nc-sa 2.


How to Prune Jatropha

But with frequent “haircuts” minor trimming back of branches they can be kept nicely rounded for a formal landscape. The “head” of this little tree will spread wide so come away from the house at least 3 to 4 feet.

Prune heavily in spring late March and early April and it will fill out quickly to become lush and full. Tip pruning will give the appearance of a shrub giving the plant a round shape. You can add top soil as well, especially if the soil in that area is very dry. Performing maintenance trimming on the Jatropha increases branch growth and keeps the plant healthy for flower production.

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Jatropha is not intended for human or animal consumption. Here’s a paperback book just for you! You can let it grow naturally into an interesting multi-trunked tree, or with some pruning, it can be trained into a fabulous espalier, shrub, or single-trunked tree.

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Jatropha produces glossy leaves with clusters of attractive star-shaped flowers. Not well-suited for sheared, manicured hedges, these plants are better in a more natural form. Take a crash course!


The plant is found to bloom throughout the year when it is planted in the tropical and subtropical areas. Lazy Gardener’s Guide to South Florida – a unique ebook about low-maintenance plants and landscaping!

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This beautiful plant is commonly planted for its nearly constant display of beautiful star-shaped red flowers and dark green, evergreen foliage. Now also available as an ebook! The versatility of these plants is not limited to your pruning skills—Jatropha can actually work quite well in a large container on a porch or patio. You can trim for shape anytime. Pinch off branch ppruning in early spring with a pruning clipper once the Jatropha reaches a height of 2 feet to promote new, lush branch growth.

Looking for a certain plant? Jatropha grows best in zones 10 to Home Guides Garden Garden Care. So planting jatropha in the areas accessible to the children and pets needs extra care.

You can do several hard prunings throughout warm weather if you want.