Questions tagged [pruning]

Questions about how to best cut plant branches, vines or stems. For questions about root pruning please use the [root-pruning] tag.

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How & when should I prune this potted olive tree?

I've had this olive tree for over 3 years on my (south-east-facing) balcony in Munich, Germany. It's getting a bit 'wide' for my tastes, and I'd like to prune it to thicken the growth and encourage ...
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How far can I cut back this hedge?

I have this hedge (lavender star flower -- Grewia occidentalis): [] It is growing in a very dark corridor between my house and the fence. It does pretty well there, but I need to paint the fence. ...
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Why shouldn't Curry Leaves be hard-pruned in summer?

There is an embarrassingly tall (~2-3 feet) curry leaves plant at my home which has few leaves on top. If I prune it at half (or around 60%), it should start growing branches from there and be more ...
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Young cherry tree pruning

I bought this young cherry tree last year and it was about half the size. It was pruned when I bought it (imagine1) you can see where the cut was made. It did not start growing from the sides but ...
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How to prune a viburnum tree back into a shrub?

Next to my house is a viburnum that has grown unchecked and now it’s a tree - maybe 12 to 15 feet tall. It is healthy. Is it possible to turn it back into a bush - more like 6 to 8 feet tall? There ...
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Do I dare drastically cut fruit bushes back?

I'm seeing a cherry bush that has all the flowers up high (out of reach), and a current bush that doesn't seem to really be producing new growth. Should I cut them or any other bushes to the ground?
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How to prune a young MASTIC TREE?

This little tree is about 5 feet tall and has 4-5 stems - I want it to have multi trunk. It's growing in AZ so should I worry about sun damage after I pruned it to make it look less like a bush. The ...
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Geranium petals are drying out

My geranium petals are drying out. They are sitting in a jute lined crate, plenty of drainage (which I need because it rains on and off in this city a lot). However, I test the soul every few days and ...
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Mango tree post efflorescence… what now?

Healthy young mango grew a large efflorescence, but didn’t ultimately produce fruit. That’s ok! But now there’s a big “leftover” growth atop the primary trunk, and some smaller new growth coming up ...
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When to remove unwanted buds

I have planted a 15 feet long mulberry plant about a week ago. I don't want it to have any branch in its bottom 7 feet. But I see it is growing new buds everywhere. When to remove these wanted bottom ...
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What will happen if I *don't* prune a Group 2 Clematis

I've read a bunch of recommendations about pruning clematis, by group. But I haven't really found anything that gives an indication of what will happen if I fail to do that pruning. I assume that &...
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Pruning "unmaintained" roses

I am not a gardener, but I have however found myself in stewardship of 3 rose plants planted in beds, each in memory of folks who've crossed over. They have never been pruned. The only clue I can give ...
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How to prune an already tall avocado

I have an Avocado plant that is a bit more than a year old. It resisted trough winter, even if I feel like it need more moisture in the air (it's been pretty dry here recently). Anyway, most of the ...
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How should I prune this kafir lime to produce a bushier plant

I live in Sydney, AU. I have a kafir lime with 3 lanky branches. That I bought last year. Now that summer is almost upon us, I want to prune it a bit to produce a more bushy plant. At the start of ...
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Does vegetable produce need direct sunlight?

My granddad insisted grape plants need to have any leaves covering the fruits removed so that sunlight hits the fruits and they become sweet (and perhaps other benefits). Is that advice true for ...
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Bare branches on schefflera plant

My schefflera has leaf stems but not on the bottom 2.5 feet. If I cut it back will it grow leaf stems where it is bare?
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Ficus decora leaf spots and dead tips

apologies if this question has been already asked elsewhere. I have some black spots underneath the leaves of my ficus decora, which I presume are a fungal infection (cercospora?) Could someone please ...
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pruning a compact and tightly-packed Euphorbia succulent

I just bought a Euphorbia succulent. The plant is less than 12" high, but is heavily branched. I concluded that pruning two inner branches would give room to the remaining branches and will give ...
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My sunflowers are too tall (over 5') and butting into the top of my enclosed garden

I planted seeds for 3 varieties of sunflowers: autumn beauty, mexican, sunspot. I'm not sure which but one of the varieties just grew and kept growing and did not flower. At this point, it is over 5' ...
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How do I trim my Japanese Maple to determine its shape?

The tree was put in the ground about 6 years ago. For the most part, I have let it grow with no interference; only trimming extra long branches. I lost a middle branch growing upwards in year 2 due ...
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How to branch indoors grown mango?

I have this mango tree, which is about 7-8 years old and 150cm - 200cm high. But its still not branching, still only growing new straight trunk. How do I make it to branch abit? Should I prune it? If ...
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Should I prune this avocado tree?

I was given this Avocado tree by a friend at the beginning of May. The attached photo is from today, June 18th. How much of it, and where, should I prune it so it stays healthy? Keep in mind that I ...
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What should i do with this tree?

Some branches are not producing leaves. And it it branching out. What should I do with the tree. Prune or..?
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How to prune hydrangeas that are too heavy

I recently purchased a half dozen hydrangeas from a local garden store and they've started blooming. However they are quite droopy, with the droopiest pictured here. They seem healthy otherwise: ...
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Protecting the pruned stem of a yucca with wax?

As mentioned in another question I have a large yucca houseplant which I need to prune back. I live in central New York State (USA) which has a temperate & wettish climate. I noticed in a couple ...
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Cutting back 2/3rds of a very tall indoor yucca

This plant was given to us about 10 years ago, and over the years it has gradually reached about 9' in height. Unfortunately I don't know what it is, maybe identifying it is the first step. (I looked ...
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Will my young avocado tree grow up tall if the top burned off during it's first summer in the ground? Or is it's vertical growth stunted now...?

About 2.5 years ago I planted a 4-5 foot avocado tree and didn't realize how truly delicate these things were. I planted it in January and it had a harsh summer with many branches burning off ...
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Are these Dracaena Spikes? Should I prune them more?

Moved into a new place and not sure what these are. I'm in Michigan. I cut off the clearly dead leaves, but then there's a handful that are kind of spotty brown or half yellow which I left. Also, ...
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How to prune lantana plant back to life

I have a slow dieing lantana plant which even with re-potting dropped all leaves and I basically put it under sun with no water to die...few days back as I was doing regular checkup on my balcony ...
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Suggested pot size for fruit trees?

In different orangeries the pots for fruit trees (in particular citrus fruit) seem rather small compared to what some gardeners suggest, and also compared to the following root ball table. What ...
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Pruning miniature olive trees

I have a small Cailletier olive tree that I hoping to keep indoors. I live in New England so it cannot be outdoors in the winter. It is currently getting somewhat long and sprawling in its branches ...
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Can you help me prune my chilis?

I'm new to gardening, this is the second time for me trying to make a vegetable garden. Last year I bought a plant of chili and it grew very big. Some branches became very long at the bottom and with ...
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How to trim an Aloe that grew too tall

I have an Aloe that has thrived, and has grown to be too tall for its own body weight. How should I trim this lovely plant. Propped up
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How to fix lead branch being damage on Catalpa tree?

I woke to find the two contending lead branches snapped off. Not entirely sure why as the winds have been mild. I hope not foul play. This is a Southern Catalpa tree. I live in south Texas. None of ...
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Can new branches be grafted to cedar hedge stump?

I have a large cedar hedge that in most parts is very full and dense, but due to excessive outward growth and lack of consistent pruning, there are sections that are very open and "woody", ...
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Missed apple pruning window

I have a 5 year old spur bearing apple tree, Christmas Pippin variety. I’ve missed the winter pruning window, and it’s just starting to bud, so definitely no longer dormant. I’ve pruned the last 2 ...
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Have I killed my avocado plant?

I have just planted my avocado seed in soil, and it had grown about 30 cm tall. I read online that you were supposed to cut it back when it was still around 20 cm so two weeks ago I did what everyone ...
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Growing a trimmed holly as a tree

I bought a holly (Oakland) that I wanted online because I could not find it locally. The nursery trimmed and shaped it nicely before shipping including cutting the central leader. I want this to grow ...
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Is it correct to space cuts when pruning?

I have been reading about how to prune grape vines and olive trees, and in multiple occasions it is recommended, when performing a cut, to leave a short collar from its base, (possibly in proportion ...
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Planting bare root perennials

I bought some bare root perennial flowers which have some fairly long roots attached. Should I trim up these roots before planting? As is, the hole will need to be very wide lest the roots be twisted ...
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Perfect trees that doesn't require pruning

Recently I've finished pruning fruit trees and two 'weird' question crossed my mind: Is it possible to produce a tree (or fruit or vegetable) that doesn't need pruning at all? Is possible to achieve ...
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Should I prune this Java Plum (Syzygium cumini) or not?

I have this plant grown from seed of the fruit that was planted last year after summer (probably around August). They were lush green and the leaves are really big. However, this plant is not even an ...
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Can I notch a fig tree to promote branching?

I have a small garden. One area that gets a lot of sun is along a fence, so I decided to try an espaliered fig tree. My problem is that the tree doesn’t have many branches low down. Is there anything ...
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How do I preserve a rose bush over the winter?

Having moved into a new house over the Summer (UK), I am keen to preserve the very good state in which the previous residents left the garden. In particular, there is a lovely rose bush growing along ...
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Is it safe to hard prune my basil plant?

My basil plant has lost all the leaves 12-14 inches from the the bottom. The plant is looking leggy. I want to make it look bushier and short. Would it be safe to prune it by cutting it into half or 2/...
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When (in the lifetime of the plant) should the first hard pruning of budleja be performed?

I already have one budleja (butterfly bush) (it was already on the site where I started working on it), and I prune it every early spring. It grows really well every year. However, I bought another ...
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Are My Plants Getting too much Sun?

I have two plants who have been in the sun for less thann 24hrs and their leaves look brown and wilted. The leaves are soft and leathery. I just moved and heard that plants don't like to be moved much,...
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Reducing Leyland cypress to several lateral upward branches

I do have 12 years old, 9 meters (30 ft) tall, 4.5 meters (15 ft) wide, not-ever-pruned Leyland cypress. As you can guess, it threatens touching utility lines, and I think I have to remove it because ...
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Rose shrub suddenly dying 1 month after transplantion

I live in South India .We bought this yellow rose 4 years ago, which blooms and slowly turns white in color after few days.[Since I don't know which variety it is] Earlier,we planted the shrub beside ...
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7 years old Rose shrub giving shriveled up leaves and flowers

I live in South India ,we shifted into our new house 7 years ago and planted this dark pink rose soon after from a nursery .There were 2 of them, but one of them died soon after planting, from shock I ...
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