Jade plant trimming trouble.

I got this Jade plant from my grandmother since I liked it so much. It's growing really well, but the stem in the middle is growing really fast, I am also afraid it might get top heavy and possibly break. 
So I was thinking of trimming the top off, let it sprout roots in some water and then put it in the pot with the rest. And maybe then also upgrade the pot size. 
But I am not sure what height I should trim it. 
I do want the remaining branch to keep growing upwards with all sort of small new branches. 
See the photos for my suggested points of trimming.

Other ideas are always welcome :)  

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,451
    edited 10 February
    You can cut off the long stem,let it callous over and then pot up in a different pot as there does not seem enough room in the current one.
    No need to put in water just straight in a gritty compost and don't water it,succulents hate the wet!
    You will get new shoots from where you cut off the long stem. I think you already have a shoot at the base!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • You can cut off the long stem,let it callous over and then pot up in a different pot as there does not seem enough room in the current one.
    No need to put in water just straight in a gritty compost and don't water it,succulents hate the wet!
    You will get new shoots from where you cut off the long stem. I think you already have a shoot at the base!
    Yeah I am thinking of putting it in a bigger pot when I do that.
    But at what height should I cut it off?
    Yeah I noticed the second leave growing in the middel and down low too. They don't really grow that fast tho.
    Noted :)
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,451
    I would cut off just above that new shoot.
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 2,919
    Don't go too big with the pot and make sure to use plenty of drainage in the soil. A top dress of grit will help a lot as well. Make sure it is getting plenty of light to slow down that rapid growth. The trick with pruning a jade is to work out the shape you want to achieve and then prune to that height. If you want a nice tall, single central trunk then don't cut it back or it will divide and you'll have to start again. Better to support it and allow it to gain girth naturally if you don't want a bushy plant.
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