Jatropha, the evergreen shrub, can grow to a height of about 15 feet in the wild. But in cultivation, it can grow to a height of about 10 feet. And it is 10 feet wide. Jatropha can be pruned in two ways. One is a multi-stemmed shrub, and the other is a single-stemmed small tree. Since Jatropha can bloom throughout the year, pruning can be done at any time without damaging the flowers.
After planting the plant, you should water it daily for the first week. Then you can decrease the watering time to the alternative days. After two weeks, you can water the plant when you see the soil surface dry. This is possible since Jatropha is a drought-tolerant plant.
When the frost season starts, Jatropha can be covered with the blanket since they are frost-tender. Even if the plant is affected by the frost, nothing is lost; only the leaves will wilt and drop away. The plant will bounce back nicely once the spring returns.
Jatropha can be pruned at any time. They can be pruned as a single trunk for tree growth, or tip pruned for internal branching. Tip pruning will give the appearance of a shrub giving the plant a round shape.