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How do you prune a rose bush?

I tried to prune a rose bush and it stopped growing from all the branches I pruned, and instead shot one big green stem up from the root again. What is the proper technique?
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How should I prune my vine tomatoes?

I've been growing my tomatoes up a 6ft trellis of nylon netting for the last couple of years, with good results. But they tend to grow out of control, eventually toppling over the trellis and ...
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How should I prune lemon trees?

I have a lemon tree that is 8 years old. I didn't water it enough during its first years, and as a result it's only 2 meters (6 feet) high. How and when should I prune my lemon tree to stimulate its ...
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What should I do with my Cherry trees?

I have a pair of large (roughly 30' tall I guess) cherry trees. They're mossy. They don't produce well (at least not for the 2 seasons we've had them for). What they do produce is so high that I can't ...
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How should I prune an overgrown peach tree?

I have just moved into a home with a peach tree that appears healthy, but overgrown; it has clearly not been pruned in many years (although I have cut out some of the branches that made it impossible ...
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What is the proper way to prune a Fig Tree?

I have a fig tree that is 5-10 years old. Currently I just remove the dead branches. What is the proper technique for fig pruning?
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How frequently should I prune a tomato plant?

My tomato plant is about 6 months old and about a foot and a half tall. How often should you prune your tomato plant during this stage? Is it possible to over prune the plant? I usually use the ...
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What is the maximum number of trusses for a tomato plant?

I have 6 tomato plants of different varieties grown in planters outdoors. I have heard that there is a recommended limit to the number of trusses (bunches of fruit or number of branches bearing fruit) ...
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Is it possible to indefinitely limit the growth of trees, hedges, and shrubs?

Now that I've lived in my very nicely landscaped first home for over 10 years, I have several "overgrown" trees, hedges, and shrubs (mostly, but not all evergreens) in my landscaping, and at this ...
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How should a long neglected grape-vine be pruned?

Our recently purchased home has a lot of old fruit and vegetable plantings that were mostly left alone for the past few years. Among these is a set of three grape vines on a group of metal trellises. ...
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What is a general rule of thumb for when to prune plants and trees?

It seems like every plant that I come across has a different (and seemingly random) best time to prune. Is there some sort of generally rule that I could apply to any plant and have a pretty good idea ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for caring for potted plants in office?

I've recently been made responsible for watering and taking care of many small potted plants around our office, and I have little to no gardening experience. There are many different types of plants, ...
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Is there a way to prune or train my tree to grow more horizontally?

I lost a beloved diseased dogwood tree that had made a wonderful space in my yard by growing long stretching horizontal branches that made a canopy of sorts. About a year or two I replaced it with ...
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Encouraging fig or similar into canopy: what to do with site of severed limbs?

This is a fig tree which has been pruned with a chainsaw down low and with normal secateurs up high. Down the bottom on the left you can see the nodule where a limb about 13cm (5 inches) in diameter ...
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Is there a traditional method/style for pruning a Chocolate Silk tree?

I have a containerized Chocolate Silk (a.k.a. Summer Chocolate) tree that is two years old (i.e. it was planted in its present container from a branchless and rootless stalk two years ago). It has ...
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Should I trim the shoots coming off the root of my grapevines?

I have a couple of grapevines that were planted 3 years ago. The first year, they didn't do much. The second year, there was lots of growth, but only a couple of grapes. This year, I pruned it back ...
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How do I maintain a Raspberry plant?

I planted a raspberry cane this spring, and it appears to be doing well, having put out a new cane that is now 5 ft tall (and curving under its own weight.) There is also old growth at the bottom ...
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How should I prune my pomegranate trees?

I have a pomegranate tree that is 6 years old. It didn't get enough water for several years, and was growing under a canopy of other trees, so it only grew about 1 meter (~4 feet) high. How and when ...
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Can I eradicate blackspot on roses with a winter pruning?

In mid-winter, I pruned my standard roses back harshly. Black-spot can be a problem on these roses. The pruning is such that they have hardly any leaves. The remaining leaves do not have any ...
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Does a pomegranate tree need propping up?

We planted a small pomegranate tree (about 1 foot tall) a couple of years ago. The tree has been growing nicely, now standing about 3-4 feet tall. Last year we had a bunch of flowers but no fruit. ...
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Can I trim knockout rosebushes in winter?

I live in Northern Virginia and am concerned about possible heavy snow damaging two knockout rosebushes this winter. Is it okay to trim them slightly now with a bigger trim at the beginning of spring? ...
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Are old raspberry canes required to be chopped off?

I just bought a Fall Gold Raspberry plant. It came with instructions to prune away canes that have already fruited because only new canes can fruit. What If I were to leave the old canes there? Do the ...
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Can I thin grapes/vines in July?

I have bought a garden in Austria (Central Europe) which has some grape vines (I don't know the exact kind). The previous owner told me they harvested 20 kilograms of grapes last summer. Currently ...
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How should I prune this overgrown pear tree?

I have a pear tree, which is very zealous. Whatever it decides to do, it does in excess. First in the spring it sends out all sorts of new branches--all of them vertical. I snipped them off after they ...
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What to do with the spent flower spike of foxgloves (digitalis)?

I've had a glorious display of foxgloves in my garden this year, but now pretty much all of the flowers have wilted and fallen. I don't particularly want to collect seed from the plants, but what ...
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How do I prune a cork-screw willow?

I would like to have a small "cork-screw' willow in my front yard. I don't want it as a bush, but with a strong middle trunk. It currently is about 1.5 feet tall. It has three fairly equally tall ...
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How and When to prune a Montmorency Cherry Tree?

I recently acquired a Montmorency Cherry tree that is a couple of years old. I want to make sure it grows in a healthy, maintainable way, but my only experience of pruning fruit trees is with apples. ...
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Care of red currant bushes

I've got two red currant bushes in my backyard, probably several years old, slightly neglected. Anyone have experience maintaining these? I'm about to string them up a bit as they have so much fruit ...
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How to prune roses with tall branches?

I have this neglected rose bush in my garden. It seems too long and spindly? How and when should I prune it?
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How should I prune weeping willow?

I prune a lot of of neighborhood trees, but I've come to a small problem. Some people like their weeping willows high enough that they can walk underneath without brushing it. I had been doing this by ...
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How do I prune a cherry tree to keep it short?

I've just planted a new cherry tree, and I would like to keep it short enough to be able to harvest the fruit with nothing more than a step ladder. Seeing as I've just planted it, I feel that I ...
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How should young honey locust trees be pruned?

I have four young (2-3 yrs) Honey Locust trees which seem to be doing very well this year. By that, I mean they've shown lots of growth and the leaves are very green and healthy. The trunks of these ...
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Is it harmful to prune summer bearing raspberries in early autumn?

I planted raspberry canes last autumn which have grown well and produced a good crop this year. Some of the canes have grown to 7 or 8 feet and are dangling over the fence into a neighbour's garden. ...
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Should raspberries & boysenberries be pruned in early summer?

I have a boysenberry plant and a black-raspberry plant that are growing vigorously on a trellis. However, there are a couple of shoots (about a meter long now) that are growing away from the trellis ...
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When to cut roses?

In my garden there some roses that are growing wild. Some of theme are at least two meters high with the flower only visible from down below. Can I cut them in the summertime? Or is it best to prune ...
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Can I encourage my roses to produce more flowers and fewer long stems?

I have standard roses. As the weather warms, and after feeding with commerically purchased rotted chicken manure they are growing very, very fast. Is there a way I can get them to produce more ...
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Should I cut back my yucca after flowering?

My Adam's needle yucca flowered for the first time this year. It does not look like it is going to grow in that area anymore, but the leaves are still green. Should I cut it back at all?
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Should blueberry suckers be removed?

I have a potted Sunshine Blueberry plant. I noticed suckers started appearing a few inches from the main trunk. Should I leave those suckers there or cut them off? I have read that suckers on big ...
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How do I prepare a chili plant for a second year's growth?

I have finally managed to make one of my chili plants (variety unknown) live into its second year! I've kept it indoors so far this winter. As it will be spring in a couple of months (I'm in the UK), ...
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How do I prune my mop-head hydrangea?

I have a five year old Annabelle Hydrangea that is getting bushy. I have lightly pruned it in the past, but I don't know really know how I am supposed to do it. It is about 4' high and 6' wide. How do ...
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Should I cull June-bearing strawberries for fall bearing?

This year some of my Gurney's Whopper strawberries, a June-bearing variety, produced a few berries in the fall. That might weaken the plants for next years crop. Will culling them for this be ...
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When is it ok to prune an overgrown apple tree?

I recently bought a new house and I'm trying to get the garden in order. It has an apple tree which has lots of low branches and appears generally neglected. Some of the leaves are silvery and look ...
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Are tar based products really useful in treating tree wounds?

There are a lot of articles on the web ranked highly in searches that advocate the use of tar/tar based products to seal tree wounds such as pruning cuts. For example — "Homemade tree wounds". ...
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Should I prune my Autumn-fruiting raspberries?

I have autumn fruiting raspberries (Autumn Bliss) which I planted in late spring. The original fruit canes have just made a very small crop, but the old canes are yellowing and beginning to wither, ...
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Pruning a mimosa

I have a mimosa and I have to prune it. I'd like to be less invasive and do this "operation" in the best way. Which is the best weather to prune mimosa? Which is the best time to do it?
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How can I safely prune a melon vine?

I have a volunteer melon vine (it looks like cantaloupe) growing at the end of my garden area. I chose to let it grow out of curiosity. It's now producing a number of healthy looking fruits. ...
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How do I prune an apple tree so it will grow short?

I was just wondering, is it possible to prune an apple tree so that it will grow short? I just would appreciate not to have to get a ladder or anything to be able to get fruit. Is it possible and a ...
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When removing a tree branch, should I paint the exposed part of the tree?

I am working on cleaning up my yard, and that means removing some lower branches. I've heard removing at the node is important, so I am doing that. I've seen other trees that have been painted at ...
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How can I limit my Norway Spruce to one top (trunk)?

I have a Norway spruce that is about sixty feet tall and is beginning a second trunk. I like them to have only one top, but this particular tree is not climbable. How do I control this?
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Is my tree too close to my house?

I have an ornamental cherry tree approximately 30 ft tall, which is now close enough to my house that I could touch it from my window. I would like to keep it , but am concerned it will damage my ...