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How early should I start pruning Western Red Cedar planted as a hedge?

I planted a row of Thuja plicata somewhat over a year ago as a boundary hedge. It's quite shady so they have not grown much but they are surviving and growing. They're about 3' (1m) tall but quite ...
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Should I prune my Crassula rogersii?

I have what I think is a little Crassula rogersii that's been growing out in three branches from a little trunk. The branch in the middle seems to be getting somewhat top-heavy (you can see how this ...
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Dry plant is back to life

My plant went dry when the covid started, I couldn’t give it too much attention (but it has a drip irrigation) on how it went, but then I noticed it was all dry (not a single leaf). Some weeks ago, ...
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Pruning / restarting a birds of paradise tree

Hello I have several large birds of paradise trees (strelitzia nicolai), seen in the picture below. Since I live in a a seasonal climate they need to be taken indoors over the winter. Unfortunately ...
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Is it safe to prune redbud in summer?

I have a young (2-3 year old) redbud tree that has some low branches that are sagging and need to be pruned. I know the preferred time of year to do so has already passed (early summer, just after ...
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Will the plant below be able to flourish without trimming the one on top?

After cutting off the root of the plant on top (I had to - long story), I'm wondering whether the one at the bottom will be able to eventually "take its place" without me having to intervene....
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Pruning Coleus (and silly 15 character requirement)

I have some coleus that about 20-24 inches tall and "leggy", as they say. So I want to prune them down and have looked at several YT videos. But their plants are all perfect for pruning ...
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Should I prune these low branches on my tomato plant?

My tomato is probably 3 weeks old and now it's end of July. Should I trim the low branches in red circle? What else should I do now to accelerate tomato production? Fertilizer? I am Pacific Northwest....
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what to do to make all the leaves of my Nerium variegata turn yellow?

I live in Portugal. I have a neriun oleander variegata whose leaves are on certain branches completely yellow. How can I get the whole bush to give leaves whid this color?
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Why are these tree branches growing downward?

The trees on my property tend to grow their branches downward, like this: It looks to me like they're just crowded and reaching for some sunlight, but I'm starting to worry about their health and ...
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Schefflera leaflet count dropped after pruning

I got a Schefflera plant recently in a 4" pot. I pruned it to encourage branching (cut off the top a little.) Before pruning, new leaflets were always set of 8. The rest of the plant has leaflets ...
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How do I maximize flowers from Sweet Peas?

My sweet peas are growing quite well up the netting. As shown in the attached photo, they’ve grown up past the netting and are reaching skyward into emptiness. (I put that black plastic square behind ...
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Limiting cryptomeria height

Recently bought a new house, and we have a cryptomeria planted about 10' away from it. It's currently about 20' tall and healthy. I know cryptomerias can grow very tall and we do not want to allow for ...
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Avocado leaves drooping

Why are my avocado’s leaves pointing down? I water it once a week and everytime i water it, the leaves raise up a little. Should I water it more often? I am afraid of rotting roots. Should I transfer ...
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How hard can one prune a Hebe hedge?

I have a Hebe hedge like the shrub pictured and due to inadequate pruning over the years it has badly outgrown it's area. Hebe's have green foliage only for a couple inches over the outside of the ...
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How to prune cherry tree to grow evenly?

I have a cherry tree that until September was overshadowed by much larger trees. As a result the tree has no growth on one side. I took the larger trees down and had hoped that this season would bring ...
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How to encourage growth from seed in an avocado tree?

I have an avocado seedling. I've recently pruned the tree and there is new growth visible. However, when I inspect the seed, I see multiple sprouts just waiting there. How do I encourage those to grow ...
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Should chestnut seedlings be pruned?

I have planted Castanea chestnut seeds which have grown to seedlings. However, some of the seedlings have more than one stem, like this one: This one even has 3, all growing from the same seed: ...
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Is Yucca plant dead?

I bought my Yucca plant in February and it was fine. I believe I might have over watered it. Recently I saw the leaves turning yellow, I decided to re-pot it with cactus soil and one spray of plant ...
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Can i prune an habanero in may?

Soo i bought this plant already developed, assuming it was planted in mid February, can i snip off the top of the plant or it already invested too much energy in growing the stem? it's about 20 cm ...
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How do I prevent my forsythia from getting leggy/wiry at the bottom?

How do I prune my forsythia to encourage bushy growth at the bottom? It is extremely healthy-looking at the top and ends, but I want to stop it from becoming leggy/wiry at the bottom. I don't want ...
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Fiddle Leaf Tree: does radical pruning make sense?

Last year our Fiddle Leaf Tree lost many of its leaves due to overwatering. You can see that the three top branches only have leaves on their ends: To give the tree a nicer shape, we want to cut all ...
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Have I ruined my Japanese maple by over-pruning?

I pruned the dead bits off my Bihou Acer two weeks ago. Now there are no leaves and the stems are going black. Have I wrecked it?
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Turning a jade plant into a tree

I started a jade plant from a cutting. It is growing nicely but has three different branches. How do I trim my plant to make it a tree? Do I split the three branches and repot each to turn into a ...
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New to me Plant, Not sure what steps to take

I recently inherited this plant (was in an office and neglected for a long time other than sporadic watering over the last 10 years). First of all - anyone know what plant this is? Dracaena was ...
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How to prune this prunus okame

We planted this prunus okame last year, and according to this website it should be pruned after flowering for the first couple of years. I am thinking to prune off the lower branches as it is close ...
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How do I get a nice dense folliage back on my Chinese Elm?

I'm new here and quite new to growing bonsais! I'm in possession of a Chinese Elm, which I bought 3 months ago. It was held outside by the previous owner, so it had no leaves when it arrived here. I'm ...
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How do I encourage my potted Lilac Palibin to grow more leaves and flowers?

I live in Munich, Germany, and have had my Lilac Palibin bush for nearly a year. It has grown well in its pot on my south-east-facing balcony. However, now spring has arrived it has few leaves up ...
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Blackberry bushes with No Berries . Thornless berries puchased from Conservation Dept

I purchase 8 thornless blackberry bushes from the local Pa. (Wayne County) Conservation Dept. about 8 years ago. They look vigorous and in good, loamy soil and have good drainage with full sun. They ...
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Black cattleya pseudobulb

I would like to ask if I need to prune off the blackened pseudobulb on this cattleya orchid or could I just leave it as is. Thanks!
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What to do to pelargoniums after overwintering in cellar

I have a couple of pelargonia in pots. They live on a south facing balcony, and generally seem pretty happy there in the summer. (In my previous posts, they lived elsewhere and were much less happy. ...
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How do I prune the broken branches of my plum tree?

I have a plum tree that's about 8 years old. For the first time last year, it produced a bumper crop, having only given a few the previous years. Not realising it was a good idea, I never pruned it. ...
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Trim hydrangeas when some growth on old branches

Below is my hydrangeas that was way over due I didn’t trim it until Feb 15 The darker branches have some growth on top of it. I thought those are dead branches. Also the whiter color branches are ...
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Is it ever too late to prune hawthorn?

The previous owners of our property planted a hawthorn hedge as screening from the road but it's clearly not been managed for severally years; they're now established trees 10+ feet tall. Hawthorn is ...
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What should i do with this mulberry tree?

Last year i had planted 4 mulberry trees outside but slowly they all started to die. I figured it was the soil. It was badly compacted. Eventually, i was left with just one which i decided to pull out ...
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How long can I keep rosette-forming Peperomias without pruning, while in ideal growing conditions?

Unlike nurseries, flower shops do not provide all conditions for healthy growth. Sellers are often stuck with batches of rosette-forming Peperomias such as P. Caperata, P. griseoargentea and P. ...
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Will lemon tree ever grow new leaves on on bare branches?

I have an apparently healthy lemon tree that exhibits a few isolated leafless branches, 10-30cm long. Can I assume these are dead wood and prune them, or should I wait longer for them to emit new ...
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Is the pruner bad or my technique? Cuts are not clean and nice

I got this pruner and the build quality is certainly good, but my cut experience is not going good. The cuts are not clean. Check the pics attached: This is how I do it: I place the pruner in ...
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How long do I wait to wire my ficus bonsai after re-potting it?

I recently got a ficus bonsai 3 days ago. It's responding well, however, it needs some wiring, pruning and general reshaping before the spring/summer growth. I was wondering how long should I wait ...
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How to bring my Olive's branches back to life?

I have an Olive tree that I keep indoors and potted (lots of sunlight in room and let it breath outdoors occasionally), I went away for a few weeks and the leaves on the bottom few branches have ...
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Can I coppice a cedar hedge

I have a 12' high cedar hedge. Unfortunately it is 8' wide. I have a narrow back yard, so would like it to be only 3' wide. Do I need to start again from seedlings, or is it possible to coppice the ...
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Should I remove a secondary tree that sprouted from a dwarf apple tree?

Last year I planted a dwarf apple tree, and this year after returning from vacation it has a secondary tree that's sprouted up from around the base. Here's a photo showing what I mean: https://...
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When is the best time to prune a Magnolia tree, and how much?

I live in Derbyshire, UK and have a Magnolia tree which in recent years seems to have gone a bit out of control, i.e. much bigger than I think it ought to be for the space it occupies. I feel it ...
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How do I go about pruning a mature fig tree to a smaller size?

I've recently purchased a house that has a rather large fig tree next to a two-story garage. It's gotten a bit unruly as you can see from this photo: I've read that fig trees should be pruned in the ...
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Cutting bush down to manageable size

When I moved into my current house, there were two fairly large "spiky" bushes. They grow fairly quick and I have to prune it quite a few times a year. I ended up buying an electric hedge trimmer to ...
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Frost killed my lawn but my oleanders are still blooming

Last week, we had frost and saw alot of stuff die back but these oleanders are still flowering and producing blooms. I read online that the best time to prune oleanders is by the end of September when ...
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Avocado plant “gone wrong”; can I lop off the top and get it back on track?

I have an avocado plant (indoors) which I grew from seed just for fun. Alas, I've neglected it and now it is 'leggy' and the top quarter is twisted 45 degrees. Can I cut it back close to the root and ...
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Butternut squash lost growing tip, is it worth keeping it?

One of my butternut squash plants lost its growing tip. Probably cut while mowing the grass, since they are planted on the borders of the garden and not in the raised beds because of the space they ...
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Is it possible to get this badly-pruned magnolia back to a natural shape?

We bought a house a few months ago that has a magnolia tree in the front, as shown below: As you can see, it's sort a mess, with long thin branches shooting upwards and down. If you get inside of it, ...
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Can't bacteria enter the tree even after a proper prune cut?

I am now aware of the 3 cut method of pruning the tree to avoid damaging the bark. I am at the brink of loosing a tree because of bad pruning and not noticing that. Now this may sound a silly question ...

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