Questions about how to best cut plant branches.

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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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What is the right way to prune a mulberry tree?

I've planted a dormant bareroot 2' tall mulberry seedling, and I'm wondering what sort of pruning is required. It's a full size tree, not any sort of dwarf variety. It has several branches already. ...
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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 ...
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Why should I prune my avocado plant already when only two weeks old?

In most instructions I've read about growing an avocado plant, it says things like the following: In 2-6 weeks, roots and a stem will sprout from the seed. When the stem is about six inches long, ...
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Can white pines be sheared or trimmed?

I have a dwarf white pine that suffered a fair bit of winter burn this last hard winter. My horticulture courses said you could trim white pines for hedges. I would just like to trim once for shape. ...
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How Far Back To Prune Frost-Damaged Gardenias?

I have 4 formerly great-looking gardenia bushes in my yard, but this past winter has been brutal on them (I live in the DC area, where it was still snowing as of yesterday). The plants are still ...
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How & when to prune a Weigela bush?

I have a medium sized Weigela bush in my garden. Can anyone advise me on how best to prune it, when to prune it and how often? There is lots of new green growth on the tips of the stems that ...
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After picking strawberries, how should I prune the fruiting stems?

I have Seascape Strawberry plants. They are day-neutral. Some squirrels and I have eaten the strawberries. What should I do with the stems that have been eaten from? Should they be cut away or will ...
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When is the best time to trim cedar hedges?

When is the best time of the year to trim cedar hedges? Importantly, does choosing when to trim have any affect on encouraging growth in areas recovering from small bare spots?
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Should I prune Rudbeckia for winter?

My Rudbeckias have had a great 2nd summer, have now grown up to 60cm ish in height and have flowered like mad for at least a couple of months. I'm just wondering how best to care for them over the ...
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Is eye-level coppicing of trees unique to Turkey, and what species are typically involved?

When travelling in Turkey some years ago, I noticed many trees (25-40cm diameter) that appeared to have been heavily pruned at a height of around 2m. Only just before leaving did I realise that this ...
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How should I prune a half-dead bush of rosemary?

I have inherited a garden in a hot and arid climate with a half-dead bush of rosemary. As you can see in the photo below, a part of the plant is dead, but another is doing okay. How should I deal ...
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Will a branch on a small tree always be at that same height?

We have a lot of trees on the farm (Apple, maple, pear, walnut, oak...) and I've been reading about pruning lately. One of the things I stumbled upon is that when a tree is say five feet tall and has ...
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Pruning leaves from bell pepper plants

I have a few bell pepper plants out in the garden and they are finally starting to bud. Is it a good idea to prune the older and larger leaves below the buds to encourage larger fruit? I am growing ...
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Does pruning the tree slow root growth?

We have a cherry tree, and neighbours, which is only about 4 years old, and I would say about 5 metres high. Neighbours are worried that its roots might eventually damage supply/drainage pipes in ...
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How should I care for a new Mimosa tree growing out of an old Mimosa stump?

We lost an old Mimosa to borers and it fell over in a wind storm. This spring it started a new growth out of the cut stump.It looks healthy but is growing RAPIDLY and it does not have much space. We ...
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How do you manage dying leaves on young plants?

If a leaf on a plant is shriveling or yellowing, should you cut it off or leave it there? If you do the former, should you only snip off the damaged parts or should you cut off the entire leaf? My ...
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How soon can I start training or pruning a seedling?

Is there a minimum age, height, or trunk girth before I can start training or pruning a seedling / young tree? I am concerned that starting too early would be detrimental to its early growth. ...
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How to prune an overgrown (and now flowering) Dracaena?

My cut Dracaena (houseplant) has become very tall, and now one of the "branches" has flowered. What is the typical way a Dracaena is maintained as a household specimen plant as it outgrows the ...
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What is this bush/tree and can it be heavily pruned?

I have this growing in our back yard here in the Pacific North West US: (Photo taken in late March) It's full of these drooping white flowers and (what I think are) new red leaves. Feels kind of ...
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Should I remove tomato “side shoots” growing from cotyledons?

I'm growing tomatoes and in accordance with all the advice I am pinching out side shoots, which I take to be the shoots which sprout out roughly bisecting the angle between the main stem and a ...
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Pruning this grape vine during summer

I've just moved a neglected grape vine plant to a place where I want to espalier it properly. It's summer at the moment (Australia) so I know I can't do any heavy pruning at the moment. However, I ...
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Pruning of apple tree

Three years ago i moved into a new house. In the garden was a lovely apple tree. The first year we harvested 10 buckets of fruit. I'm not talking small buckets, there was lots of fruit. I could ...
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How fast does a Thuja hedge grow after being burnt?

A fire destroyed about 40cm of the upper part of my Thuja hedge. I have 2 questions: Should I cut off the burnt branches to help regrowth or can I leave it as it is? How long will it take to grow ...
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How to prune my sad rhododendron?

We've got PJM rhododendrons at our new house in Michigan... a couple of them are absolutely flourishing, but two of the smaller bushes right next to them are not having a good time. Some of the ...
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Is there a way to curb wisteria growth or to trim it quick and easy?

It is possible to contain growth of Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus) with low votage electric wire. A friend has asked me if something equivalent existed for wisteria. The low voltage wire does NOT work ...
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Which plant is this? “Dead ends,” pruning, watering tips

This plant has been in my possession since last summer (I moved into a new, and otherwise empty, apartment one year ago). I wanted to keep it, but because there are no labels, I decided to water it ...
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How do I prune cucumbers?

I am growing cucumbers in Central Florida. I have cucumbers that are rapidly growing and just starting to bear fruit. I read you should remove suckers or the growth branch off the main branch. How ...
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When should I prune my Fig Tree?

I've been told I should prune my fig tree before the end of the Summer (Northern Hemisphere) so that it can recover before winter. I'm in Ireland. Is it late enough in the summer by July?
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Where and when to pinch back for bushy basil

I've read that "pinching back" or pruning basil plant (ocimum basilicum) will produce a bushier, less leggy, plant. Where on the plant do you cut? When do you cut? How often? Does age of plant ...
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Should I treat freshly cut tree branches before using them as trellises?

I have a bundle of branches from a North American Maple in my yard, just cut down while pruning the tree in the spring. I'm contemplating whittling down some 2-foot-long sticks to use as simple ...
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How should I prune my Cussonia Bonsai?

I have had this Cussonia for couple of years. As you can see on the picture, the branches grew somewhat unevenly (I marked the branches with a blue line). I am thinking how to trim it, so the bonsai ...
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Cutting Back Leggy French Lavender

Seattle I've got a whole string of french lavenders that I've sort of 'trained' to be sort of like short hedges. Unfortunately, they've fought back by getting woody and leggy. How hard can I/should ...
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Should I trim the flowers off a new blackcurrant bush?

I bought a starter cutting for a blackcurrant bush - it's doing very well, looking healthy. The problem is that there are also some flowers developing, and a pamphlet that came with the cutting said I ...
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Should I prune my Zucchini's flowers?

I have two very young zuchinnis that are starting to grow flowers, they barely have 4 or 5 little leaves so I think they're very small to allow them to have fruits. Should I prune the flowers?
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Should I prune apple/ pear/ nashi tree runners in early summer?

We have a 50 year old apple tree and two 5 year old espaliered pear/ nashi trees on our property. The beginning of summer has been alternating between sunny with rainy days so everything in our ...
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What is the effect of candling pine evergreens?

I recently purchased a dwarf evergreen (a Japanese White Hagoromo and a Japanese Black Pine) and was instructed by the salesman to twist off all of the "candles" at about the halfway point once they ...
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How to keep lollipop plants round

I've got a few potted lollipop style plants around the house. (Round spherical foliage on a single trunk.) Was wondering if anyone has any tricks on how to prune a lollipop plant to keep it round. ...
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How to grow new leaves on rubber plant after they fall off

I have a rubber plant that lost quite few leaves shortly after we got it. We've got it back on track and are seeing some new chutes, but I'm wondering if there's a way to grow new leaves on the stems ...
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Why are my hydrangea flowers dying, but the leaves look OK?

I bought some Hydrangeas in pots in full flower. They were then left un-watered. They are now suffering from dead flowers but the leaves look OK. It is now August in North Yorkshire. Any ideas what I ...
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Best gardening activities for Autumn in Bay Area [closed]

I don't know much about gardening, but I enjoy doing it. I had thought that Autumn was the time to do pruning, but I then read that it's actually better to do during the Spring. So now I'm left ...
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How can I rejuvenate a privet and hawthorn hedge?

I have a mixed hedge which is about 6 feet high. I think it is privet and hawthorn. Currently, it is very top heavy in terms of the growth, and it has a lot of bare stems lower down. Please see the ...
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How can I rejuvenate my overgrown Elaegnus & Deutzia?

My elaegnus and deutzia bushes are 3 or 4 meters tall. They are bare for the first 2.5 meters, and above that is the foliage & some shoots that appeared this year. If I cut all the stems back to ...
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How do I prune long neglected grape vines?

A previous answer doesn't answer my question. I have a similar situation with a new house and long neglected vines, except with my vines, there was no trellis, and the vines were growing high into the ...