Questions about how to best cut plant branches.

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How and when should I prune my 5 in one dwarf apple tree, including the suckers?

We have one of those 5 in one apple trees and actually got a couple of apples off of it last year. It seems like we have more trees growing off of it. There are some branch like things sprouting ...
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Practical identification of suckers on a cumquat tree

I have a small cumquat tree, and sometimes it grows new, low branches, which I suspect are suckers. But how can I be sure, how can I decide whether to prune them or not? Here is a picture of the ...
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Starting over pepper plants

This is my first year growing chili peppers in my hydroponic setup and I didn't have very good luck in terms of fruit. Most of my super-hots only dropped flowers, though I did get one singular ghost ...
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What's the best way to care for and prune young willow trees?

We have two young willow trees. I'm unsure of how to trim or look after them. They are approximately 4 years old. One is really tall, about 20 feet, and the other is quite short. I purchased both from ...
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What to do with this palm tree?

This palm tree has been grown in my parents' yard for more than a decade (perhaps two). I'm not sure of its identification. It has grown a lot (perhaps too much, for the surrounding space), and, ...
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Can a willow tree be shaped?

I want to keep the tree kind of short. I want it to look like a mushroom on top, then in the summer just trim the bottom. Is this possible?
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Best practices on pruning and winter protection for climbing roses

We have two climbing roses.We inherited this from the previous owner of our house. Last year we pruned them quite short in the fall and banked them, just like we did with the rest of the roses ...
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How to save Lucky bamboo yellow stem due to overpruning HELP [duplicate]

Hi, Had this lucky bamboo in a water with stones jar for over 3 years already. I made a terrible mistake of over pruning its babies and regrowing them in another jar. I think I took out 3 pieces out ...
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Trying to save orange tree — pruning and general questions

I've been undertaking a campaign to save my orange tree and have made some progress. I live in Arizona and wasn't adequately watering it before, but have since mulched around the tree and deep water ...
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Can rubber gloves spread plant diseases?

I use thin rubber gloves when gardening. It's autumn here in zone 6, and I'm in the process of pruning and pulling up spent perennials and all manner of wildflowers which have been growing since the ...
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How to fix a broken limb

I have a peach tree that was weighted down with fruit this summer, so much so that the branch split. The split is beyond repair, and I'm now chiefly concerned with the health of the tree. I cut the ...
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How to prune 2 year old dwarf apple tree

I have recently planted this dwarf (M27 rootstock) apple tree. It said it was a 2 year old tree. Could anyone give me a good reference or video, or just detailed instructions on how to prune it ...
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Will pruning dead shoots off an arborvitae cause re-growth?

I planted 26 emerald arborvitae trees this summer. All but three are looking good. On each of those three, one of the shoots died. If I cut that part out, will the trees fill in?
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Pruning Dogwood, Lavender and Spirea

I'm new to gardening as this is the first place we've moved to with a garden. I've managed to work out some of the plants that are present in the garden, however, they look like they have never been ...
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How should I prune my okra plants?

I have an okra plant which has already produced two okras. Now new leaves are growing and I can see there are two new okras coming from the bottom. Is that good? Do I have to remove both the leaves ...
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How to prune lavender?

Last year I pruned my lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) very aggressively, so that the bushes resulted quite small, with very short branches. I pruned it in about October (I leave at about 45° North). ...
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When to prune roses?

I am in the Northeast (Vermont). I have been gardening at a clients house for over a decade. There is a patch of rugosa roses (not sure of the variety), that used to be full and healthy. The patch ...
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Cutting height of Cedar Hedges

Last September we planted a hedge about 200 feet long. We used white cedar and the trees were 9 - 10 feet tall. In mid-July my neighbour decided that they didn't care for it, so they chopped anywhere ...
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Basil: Main stem keeps growing back after first pruning

I did the first pruning of my basil plants some weeks ago, and all of them have branched out healthily. But in reference to the main stem (the original, straight stem that I pinced earlier), I saw ...
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How to encourage weeping cherry to grow larger

I purchased my Mother two 'Weeping Cherry' trees this year. I've planted them out and they've actually shown a large amount of new growth. I've had new whips growing 2'+ off of them. The plants are ...
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Should I prune the low branches on my Longan?

I planted a Kohala Longan last year. It does not appear to be grafted. It grew new branches on the top last year, making it 5 feet tall. This year, it branched profusely near the ground. Now it looks ...
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Pruning and caring for heuchera / coral bells that have gotten too much sun?

It's getting into the driest, hottest part of summer here in MI and my heuchera / coral bells are starting to show some dissatisfaction with it. The outer leaves are browning and turning crispy. My ...
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Should I be pruning my chilli plants during a Sydney winter?

It's been an unseasonably cold winter this year in Sydney. My chilli plants live outdoors. At the moment they are still alive, but most have lost most of their leaves. Should I prune off the dead ...
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Is the size of a conifer tree's root system proportional to the size of the tree

Is the size of a conifer tree's root system proportional to the size of the tree? By the same token will limiting tree size also have an effect on root system size?
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The mint plant I found is too tall, how should I prune it?

I found a mint plant in a friend's yard. It's very tall. There are three individual stalks. One is nearly two feet tall, the other two a bit under half that. The big one is fully flowered. The large ...
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Tree growing back after being removed

Our tree snapped into last spring and we had it removed and they ground it I believe with a machine. I saw what I thought was a weed growing in it's place two month's ago which was about 2 to 3 ...
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How to prune a Salix Integra recovering from scale infestation

I just wondered if you could point me in the right direction with regard to pruning my Salix Integra. Im just about to treat it for a scale infestation and could do with some tips. Here's a picture ...
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Why would one of my Prairiefire crabapple trees seem stunted this year?

I planted two Prairiefire Crabapple trees on my front lawn about ten years ago. Each spring, they flower beautifully together, then fruit, then leaves. This year one of them seemed to lag behind. ...
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Should I prune the growth at bottom of a Swedish Columnar Aspen?

I've got some 8 foot Swedish Columnar Aspens that have some foliage growing from the base of the tree by the dirt on the ground. Should I prune these off to allow nutrients go to other areas of the ...
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To prune or not to prune tomato's lower leaves?

I battled early blight last year, so this year I laid down a thick bed of grass clippings as mulch in my raised beds to prevent splashing of the dirt onto the plants. Last night, simply out of habit, ...
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What causes holes through forsythia branches?

I was pruning some forsythia, and I noticed that there was a hole through the center of many of the major woody parts. It looks as if (only) the pith had been bored out. I'm wondering what could cause ...
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How can I get more foliage and flowers on my rose?

I moved into my new house about a year ago now and this rose bush was in the yard already looking very forlorn without much foliage at all. It's card calls it a 'Mum in a Million' type. I've since ...
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Why aren't my roses and fruit trees blooming as much as they did last year?

I just don't get it - I have a number of roses and it is June in the UK now. Granted, it has not rained much nor been overly sunny but I can't get my head around the fact that hardly anything in my ...
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What flowers require a period of time after blooming before pruning the leaves?

The author of this answer explains that the leaves of daffodils and tulips should not be cut down or otherwise disturbed for six weeks after the flower has gone by, as they are providing the necessary ...
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How to trim a Bleeding Heart?

We have a Lamprocapnos spectabilis or Bleeding Heart plant which has become quite large. I need to trim it back some. Does this type of plant receive getting pruned very well? How much can I trim it ...
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Should I trim dead shoots from a Croton grown as a houseplant?

I have a potted plant that started growing some new shoots. However, I think they died. Should I just leave them alone, or try to trim them, remove them, etc? The plant is a croton.
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How should I prune a copper beech sapling?

I have a sapling from my parents' copper beech that I dug up from their yard. I planted it in our yard about 3 years ago. It now is about 9" tall and I wonder if I should prune it to force ...
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Crepe Myrtle and Pink Magnolia Trunk Question

I have a question about two of the trees in my yard. I have the same issue and question about crepe myrtles and pink magnolias. I have two of each in my yard and they all have multiple trunks coming ...
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Why isn't my lemon tree bearing fruit? [closed]

My lemon tree used to bear lemons, but since my brother pruned the branches, there are no lemons growing. What did he do wrong? Did he cut too many branches, or is it something else?
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How to stimulate basal growth in a tree?

On my street lots of trees have a big burl at the base. Is there a technique to "encourage" trees to develop it?
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I have a pole saw with a typical pruning saw blade and it works great on fresh green palm fronds (which I really shouldn't be cutting, but I don't want them touching my roof line) but the ones that I ...
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Which side of a dead branch should you prune?

The last few inches of a young branch on a fruit tree (several branches, several trees) are dead so I plan on cutting it off. Should I make the cut in the living section or dead section?
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Pruning overgrown pear tree

I just moved to a new house and discovered I have a few fruit trees. At the end of fall I found a pear on one... Looked to me like a Bosc pear but not sure. I want to bring it back and hopefully enjoy ...
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When and how do I trim these bushes?

We moved in to a house with bushes trimmed neatly, but well over the sidewalk. Do I trim this back all at once, or over a long period of time (months? Years?)? We are in southeast Michigan, and will ...
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Should I clean pruning shears with hot water, alcohol, or similar?

Should one (occasionally) clean pruning shears with hot water, alcohol, or similar? I am imagining pruning is a bit like plant surgery (see also here), so precautions similar to regular surgery may ...
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Should I prune lavender on a cold/wet day in Spring?

I'd like to prune lavender for the spring season. Today it's a cold and wet day (2 to 7 degrees Celsius and some rainfall, in Europe), the weather forecast says next week will be sunny, but I'll ...
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Have a grafted fruit tree. Want to have less of one of the fruits

I have a fruit tree whose primary trunk is pomelo fruit and the grafted trunk is Lemon. It's a reasonably large tree (35ft as a guess). I don't much like the pomelo fruit and don't really eat them. I ...
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How should I prune a damaged Rhododendron?

I had a 6ft tall healthy Rhododendron that a tree decided to fall on. Now it has a big chunk taken out of the middle. Either side of the chunk is still 4ft or so but the middle goes right to the base ...
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What is the proper way to prune a pear tree?

I have a pear tree which I planted about ten years ago. It has done relatively well. It produces fruit on a yearly basis (I don't know if I'd call them exactly edible, but it does produce). The tree ...
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Can I allow a pine tree to share root space with a group of birch trees? If not, which should I cut down?

I have a group of birch trees, with a pine growing in the midst of them, in my front yard. My friend is telling me the pine must be cut down to save the birches. I see her concern, however: I think ...