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Questions about how to best cut plant branches.

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Pruning October Glory Maple

How to prune a October Glory Maple to have shorter hight and wider width.
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Various Questions About Fairy Castle Cactus

I have a few questions about my Fairy Castle Cactus. It’s barely grown since I bought it, in contrast to my other plants. I’ve read conflicting info about the amount of light it likes. I’m using the ...
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Prune bleeding heart bush?

Should I prune our bleeding heart bush when it turns yellow? We planted it in a sunny area. It did amazing during spring but now looking very yellow and scorched.
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One node of Dracaena Marginata not growing

Image of Dracaena marginata (dragon tree) below. Indoor houseplant. I recently (about 2 months ago) cut the head off this Dracaena marginata so that I might get two nodes instead of the previously ...
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dying chilli plants

I have a few chilli plants. initially 4 or 5 of them were in a same pot. Quickly they grew quite big and really strong and I thought it's time to move them to different pots and so I did. I repotted ...
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Should I cut off this weak branch on my crepe myrtle or try and support it?

I have this great "pink velour" crepe myrtle tree that I planted last summer. I'm really happy with how fast it grows and how much it flowers. Recently, the weakest branch from the ground has started ...
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Moving/trimming 35 year old avocado tree grown from seed

I am moving cross-country (Minnesota to northern New York) and want to bring my double-stem, 35-year-old avocado tree with me but it's too big to fit in the car (9 feet tall and 6 feet wide). If I ...
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Air pruning versus oxygenating

I read about how air pruning can help your roots, because it stops the roots from growing when they reach the edge of the pot. I also read that roots need oxygen in their soil, in order to breath. ...
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Is it ok to cut off the older leaves of an avocado plant?

I have an avocado plant which I grew from seed, and it already has a lot of leaves. The thing is, my pot isn't that big, so I was wondering whether it will be alright to cut off the older leaves in ...
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How to revitalize my potted Rosemary

I have a potted Rosemary bush, purchased in the current pot a little over a year ago. It did well over last summer & this past winter, producing new growth after being pruned for kitchen use. As ...
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Should I prune this 3 year-old Tamarind tree fork?

I have a 2.5 year old Tamarind in a container. It has what looks like a tree fork. I'm considering cutting the least straight one (it's the outer/right-leaning one on the picture). Even though the ...
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Can I safely prune/limit height of tomato plant?

My cherry tomato plants are growing beyond any expectations - plants are almost 2 m tall and they will soon reach shading net above them. Plants are healthy with a lot of new flowers on top. Is it ...
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Should I prune all the rootstock's suckers from the Cherry plant (Brooks)

Should I prune all the rootstock's suckers from the Cherry plant (Brooks)
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Train two branches together?

I have an olea europa that I bought at 3-4ft and allowed to grow as it wished. I've now pruned it quite heavily, and would like to train its 'leader' branch back to being more central: as it is, it ...
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Should you prune your sage if you don't need it?

I have a sage that is starting to bush out with multiple branches, but I don't need any yet. Should I prune it back to just a couple inches tall? I plan to transplant it into the home garden this fall ...
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Will a four ft tall American Beauty Bush continue growing if cut off at one ft,?

Pine forest , East TX, The National Forest Service clear cut everything smaller than 8 " diameter to make a fire break 100 yards wide adjacent to homes. NFS did this 4 years ago and 75 % of the new ...
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How to care for bent avocado tree

I have an avocado tree I started from a pit. It has lived in upstate New York indoors and has grown tall and skinny. I recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia and so can have it outdoors more. The tree is ...
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Growing patio/dwarf fruit trees to half standard

Is it possible to grow trees larger than their intended (nursery) size? My mom accidentally bought a 'patio' cherry tree supposedly it will grow to 1.4meter/4,6ft I was wondering if I could try and ...
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How to pinch off small harvests from thyme plants?

I am planning on harvesting my thyme. The thyme plants, 7 week-old since planting (seed pod going in a hydroponic system), are short and tiny compared to other herbs. I'd like to harvest some sprigs ...
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I cut the top of my schefflera plant and it's been droopy since then

I had 3 stems of schefflera plant but 2 of them died and I was left with one. It was doing well but the roots were minimal and I found some worm in the soil that may have damaged the stem right above ...
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Should I trim off flower buds on basil?

I have several herbs in a hydrocultural system. I have recently noticed several budding flowers on some of my basil plants. Since my goal is to maximize leaf yield, should I trim them off to conserve ...
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Fire Damaged Bay Tree (Laurus nobilis) - What to do?

We have a fairly large (and old) bay tree in our garden by our garage, which I pruned back quite a ways last year (about ~1foot off all sides) as it had grown too large. The hope being that it would ...
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Stalk on healthy aloe plant getting too long

I have a healthy aloe plant whose stalk is getting so long that it’s beginning to bend over. What’s the best solution here? To repot in a larger pot so I can plant it lower? Or should I just stake it? ...
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Taking care of thuja emerald green

I was planning to prune the emerald green hedges on my driveway. I don’t know what they are exactly but looking on the internet, I think these are Emerald green (thuja). Although on the outside they ...
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How to shape a wild Holly

We have a lot of self seeded holly bushes from established trees. Many are very straggly, almost like brambles with a ticket of very long, sparse branches. I didn't even know hollies grew in this ...
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Will this propagated mulberry straighten out?

I've successfully propagated a mulberry through a hardwood cutting. Now that my worries of it surviving winter have passed (I can see green buds slowly opening), my next challenge is to eventually ...
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Pinching vs Pruning

Does pinching (using fingernails) or pruning (using a scissors or shear) affect an indoor houseplant differently ? And which method should I use with herb plants like mint and basil ?
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Pruning grape vines and fixing pergola?

I need to fix this broken pergola and prune this grape vine and problem is I have no practical knowledge about pruning :) I would like to fix pergola by replacing wood stakes and welding thinner ...
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Which two leaders of my Dawn Redwood should I remove?

I need to remove two of the leaders of my Dawn Redwood tree. Which ones? I planted this in October of 2017.
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When trimming a tree, what does the term “branch angle to the trunk” mean and, what is the ideal angle?

In a document provided by the city of Montreal for home onwners, it states "Choose branches that form a wide angle (50° to 100°) to the trunk which encourage them to bear fruit." In the French ...
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Avocado pruning

I have about two year old avocado that doesn't seem to be doing that well. It grows new leaves from time to time but the older leaves tend to turn brown at the same rate. It's an indoor avocado that ...
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Can any tree be kept around 12ft high and 6ft wide indefinitely with appropriate pruning?

I've been searching for trees to plant on the side of a road in zone 10. Most of the trees I like have mature heights and widths way larger than what I'd like. So in general, can all large trees be ...
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How to bend a large avocado tree branch

I am needing to bend a branch of 100mm diameter (4 inches) permanently upwards on a avocado tree. Needs to be raised by about a meter at a distance of 1.5 meters away from the trunk. I've used ratchet ...
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Question about pruning and health of Orange tree

I am in south Louisiana, and we recently have had a much colder than average winter. I have an orange tree in my backyard and I was planning on pruning it in the spring, and I am wondering about the ...
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What should I do with broken leafs?

Some of the leafs on this plant (not sure the name!) are injured. I'm not sure if I should leave them be, cut off the damaged portion, or remove the stem from the base? Any suggestions? Thanks in ...
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Should this Magnolia grandiflora be pruned?

This is a 16 year old Magnolia grandiflora in zone 8a. Should it be pruned, or left alone?
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Can rhododendrons be cut back?

I have a situation where a row of rhododendrons in front of the house is overgrown and getting large. I was told by someone else that they need to be removed and replaced with smaller rhododendrons. ...
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Basics of Bonsai?

Could we grow bonsai with normal seeds and techniques to grow it? Which bonsai is best for indoor and acts as an air purifier? Instead of buying it, I want to grow my own bonsai. Please suggest some ...
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Do I need to prune my leaning Meyer

My Meyer lemon previously had a problem with some spotty yellowing of its leaves shortly after purchase as per this question but seems to have largely recovered. However, the stem is on a serious lean ...
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How does one create a sparse canopy?

I am looking to grow a fig tree indoors and was very inspired by these pictures. Assuming that isn't somehow unhealthy for the tree, how would one get a purchased tree that comes like this to obtain ...
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Can I prune an indoor avocado tree all the way back to stem?

I have a 1.5 year old, 3.5-foot tall indoor avocado tree that I grew from the seed. I have been pruning it back occasionally and typically get 2-3 new stems from each cut-back. It has been getting ...
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How to approach liquidambar with respect to pruning?

I've got two young liquidambars, both planted in last two months, both 70-90 cm high, but from different nurseries. One of them is basically just one erect branch with leaves, and another has a main ...
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Can I remove half the branches from this sycamore?

This self seeded sycamore is blocking the afternoon sun from where I am proposing to build a small house. View from the east: And view from the north east: It's really only the lower half of the ...
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Cutting banana tree without harming it

I have a banana tree that recently decided to retire its main central branch. What’s left is a big dried of stem visible in the center of the pot. Can I just cut it out without harming the plant?
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The correct way to prune a rosemary

My garden has been on the backburner for a couple of years and my rosemary is woody and lacking leaves. I'm theoretically growing it to eat, rather than look at, so how best do I encourage soft growth?...
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What to do with surplus thuja leaves after pruning?

We all know that there are tons of thuja leaves after pruning thuja hedges. Can thuja leaves be used as mulch (perhaps for acid-loving plants, let's say young pines, or vaccinum)? What if they are ...
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Best way of pruning Cardinal Creeper

I've got this 2/3 year old Cardinal Creeper in a 16" container that's become really bare at the base, making the stem look like coils of rope. The new growth seems to happen at the tips, leaving the ...
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Converting Allamanda Blanchetii from vine to shrub

I have an Allamanda Blanchetii in a 16" container that I'd planned to grow as a vine up one corner of the balcony. Only thing, it's not growing as I'd like it to, which I suspect could be due to ...
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Pruning weeping mulberry into wild-looking crown

How to prune a weeping mulberry so that it has main branches with lots of curves within its crown, as if they can't decide what direction to take, like this one: (look at wavy branches in the middle ...
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How to prune this Apple tree

I'm not sure how this tree got here. I don't think it was planted so may be it's a result of an Apple core being thrown in the bushes but it's here, and the fruit is edible. The trouble is that it's ...