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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 ...
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How to graft a plum tree

these days I am going to prune my plum tree, I will perform the pruning following the guidelines of this article that talks about pruning a plum tree (it is in Spanish but nothing that Google ...
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Why does it matter so much in which season to prune?

When I read about pruning the proper season to do it is often specified, and differs between plants. Why should the season matter? Are there actual risks to pruning at the wrong time, or is it just a ...
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Can I remove water shoots at any time?

My established Bramley trees throw off an enormous amount of water shoots: This was taken earlier in the year; the ones I didn't cull have grown up to a metre in a single year (I think they must be ...
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How to prevent a crab apple tree getting any taller?

Last spring (18 months ago) I planted a 6/8 Malus John Downie crab apple tree. It has an unusually long trunk, the lowest branch is almost two metres up. As it is growing, the leader is going straight ...
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Some of my walnut trees have double trunks. Is it safe and wise to remove one?

I have bought an orchard which has some walnut that are about 10 years old. These walnuts have been never pruned. Some of them have two or three trunks. Is it safe or wise to remove one of them? Can ...
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Should I be removing the oldest limbs from my palm?

I’m trying to figure out how to care for this palm. It’s not growing fast, it’s just grown it’s first frond after 2 years in the same pot. We repotted it when we got it 2 years ago. A few questions: ...
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How can I prune a dead brown inside overgrown confider leylandii hedge

As you can see form the picture there are 4 leylandii trees that have grown into the hedge.it was getting difficult to maintain these so in my own head I thought it better to see if instead of getting ...
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Can a Maple tree be pruned to grow tall and narrow?

I have a maple tree that's poorly placed. Maples grow too wide and it's starting to crowd the house and other plants. A tree that grows tall and narrow would have been a better choice. But before I ...
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Should I top or prune these chilli peppers?

Picture illustrates my chilli pepper plants. They are of three varieties; a Kashmiri chilli (the tall ones at the back), a peri-peri (bushy; white flowers with pale green fruits) and a purple variety ...
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Avocado pruning, fertilizing and repotting advice

My very leggy avocado plant is about 1 meter tall and seems to be suffering from chlorosis. I think I need to prune it to make it more bushy, fertilize it and repot it. In what order should I do these ...
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Tips or thoughts on pruning old giant leggy jade?

I have an old leggy jade tree that has a lot of horizontal growing branches. The stems are thick and woody and are already spilling over the sides of the pot, so there's actually only one or two ...
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How should I deadhead my peace lily?

From my research I've found that I'm supposed to cut the dead flowers at the bottom of the stem, but as the stem of the flower goes down it becomes wrapped in a leaf stem. I'm looking at a couple ...
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Are these stunted fronds on my date palm?

When my date palm was installed it had a few of these things around the edge of the trunk. Are they stunted fronds? Should I remove them? The palm itself is healthy and appears to be growing well.
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Identify a shrub with pink new leaves and green older leaves

I just moved into a new house (in Washington state in the US Pacific North West) and we have this large shrub in the front yard: The old growth seems to have green leaves whereas the new growth is ...
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Spotting and dealing with water shoots

This well established Bramley tree had been left to grow wild for a few years until I pruned it strongly last year. It's now throwing new growth up like crazy and I'm not sure if these are all water ...

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