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 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 grafter 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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How to encourage a Dracaena marginata to grow for its trunk?

We have a Draceana marginata for 3-4 years now that is generally growing well and happy. We have cut it back last summer, propagated the cuttings and planted them back to the mother plant's pot to get ...
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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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Why some types of banana trees seem to grow better when I leave the dried leaves on them?

I always thought that leaving the dried leaves was good, according to my experience, but then I saw on google that cutting the dried leaves stimulates growth, so I'm confused. I noticed that the dried ...
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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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Proper pruning for Globe Catalpa to encourage upward growth and health

I bought a house that came with Globe Catalpa trees. The prior owner insisted I should cut of all the branches every year after it had gone dormant. That seemed like an absurd and stressing thing to ...
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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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Indoor tree wasn't properly watered and now it seems the top is dead, what should I do?

Indoor tree wasn't properly watered and now it seems the top is dead, what should I do? Couldn't attach photos so I created a google photo album. Any help would be great thanks. I was advised to cut ...
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When and how should a wisteria be pruned?

I just moved into a house which has two well established wisteria plants growing on the front of it. To our knowledge, it's been here for about 30+ years and we'd like to get it under a little control ...
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Should I prune a group 1 Clematis in autumn?

I have a climbing Clematis Montana (Gothenburg) which I planted in May (I'm in East England). As this is a group 1 variety, it is supposed to flower early — I haven't seen any flowering this year. It ...
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Making branches of Sophora pendula beautifully curvy?

Is there a special pruning technique needed to achieve curly/spiraled branches of Sophora pendula like in this picture (image too large to upload, click the link to see it) or this: My weeping ...
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Is there any concern to prune back lilly pilly and Murraya rather aggressive?

I have two plants that have grown over the years without serious trimming/pruning. As you can see in the pictures, they have grown a lot taller than the fence. I want to trim them back to about 0.5m ...
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Entire apple seedling was eaten, but miraculously came back as two. Now what?

At the beginning of the pandemic, house bound, I decided I wanted to try germinating apple seeds from fruits I had consumed. After a dormancy, one of the seeds actually sprouted and I was obsessed ...
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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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Will Cedar Hedge pruned in dead zone grow back?

I decided to prune hedge. Will it grow new leaves.
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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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Best way to trim this cherry tree?

We have an older cherry tree in the garden, it feels like the previous owner never cared about trimming it? which branches should be cut ideally? when? what shape should the tree have? my gut feeling: ...
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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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Should I trim yellowing leaves/branches on my tomato plant?

Should I trim my determinate heirloom tomato plant of yellowing leaves and branches? I did a lot of research on how to trim, but all I could find was the general advice of “determinate plants don’t ...
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How can I trim my hedges evenly?

Once a year I'm trimming the hedges around my yard - a European hornbeam - to make sure they grow dense, evenly and are in a good shape. I'm using an electric hedge trimmer to do the majority of the ...
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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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Ficus bonsai regrowth

I recently got a ficus bonsai and I've been following instructions to keep it pruned, however, I have a few questions that I can't find information on. I've allowed a few branches to get a bit longer ...

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