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 often and how much to prune avoc seedlings [closed]

Plants are 18 inches tall I want them to develop stronger trunks
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What is the best way to trim old rhododendrons? How far back should I cut them?

What is the best way to cut old rhododendrons back and much should I cut?
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Is growing a plant from seeds, slow to bear fruits?

I have some juvenile plants: a longan, an avocado, a tomato, a beans, a chili, oranges, but none of them bear any fruits. Especially the longan is quite big, 120 cm tall and some branches, for avocado ...
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Would a cherry laurel shrub die if I cut off the top half?

I have a cherry laurel in my garden that has grown way too big. Would it die if I cut off the top half?
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I want Arborvitae tree grow horizontally just over the fence, not starting from the ground, how to prune it?

I have a few Arborvitae trees to create more privacy behind of my fence. Since my land is being seen from the nearby two stories townhouses, I want my Arborvitae trees grow horizontally over my fences....
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Cherry tree has low shoots off of trunk

My sweet cherry has been in for two seasons now so is probably 3 years old. It is sending low shoots off the trunk. Should I prune those off?
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How should I prune my butterfly pea?

I have a butterfly pea Clitoria ternatea. How should I prune it? I am growing it in zone 8a, so it may not survive it's first winter. It is currently dormant. How much can I cut it back in the ...
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Japanese maple Mikawa Yatsubusa - Coping with bad tip pruning?

Location is Portland, OR This was tip-pruned a year ago (not by me) and all the pruned tips sprouted these long shoots with leaf clusters only at the ends. This is supposed to be a dwarf, but if it ...
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Help please my rubber tree

I am new here and I am reading lots of good advice. I have had this plant for 7 years now and it’s been repotted 3 times, I’ve cut back many times where the arms are and the top but it never grows in ...
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Mowing Fall Bearing Raspberries

I live on zone 6a and have some fall bearing raspberries which were recently mowed (November 3rd). This was about two weeks after first frost. Unfortunately, I've learned after the fact that the time ...
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Pruning rooted fig cutting

I rooted a fig cutting back in the spring and now have a 2 foot baby tree with a single leader and no branches. Do I prune the leader during the winter or will the tree branch out on its own next ...
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Should I remove this branch?

Novice gardener, here. I have a small grove of trees next to my driveway that has been growing wild for years (new home). I want to help this grove flourish in the long term. One tree in particular is ...
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How to prune a new cherry plant

I planted two sweet cherry bare roots on 15 April. It’s now almost 5 months and the plants seem to have grown well. One plant has 3 stems while the other has 5. I was keen to know when and how I ...
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Did I cut too much off my kale?

I am wondering if I cut off too much from this plant. Please advise.
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Should I cut off the brown/white branches of my asparagus fern?

My fern sits in the office and has many of these light brown or white branches. Should I remove these by cutting them off, and how can I prevent them from happening again? Thanks for the help!
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Taxus yew pruning

We planted these Taxus Yew hedges ("hicksii") along our fence line and they seem to be doing well in the shade. Since they were planted earlier in the year they have grown considerably but ...
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How can I grow my Chinese elm bonsai bigger?

I Bought this bonsai a few weeks ago and everything is going good (I've pruned the roots and branches, it's in a small pot, and it's even growing new leaves very fast). There are no actual problems ...
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Should I prune these branches on my young grapevine?

I am a total beginner at gardening, and am having a go at trying to grow a grapevine for fun :) I am looking for some advice before I prune it, because I don't want to do something damaging. The ...
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Do I cut top of new mimosa tree?

We planted a mimosa tree in February- March 2023. It was fairly small. started off really good. Then leaves started to turn yellow then brownish. It seemed to not be growing much. Then recently the ...
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Does deadheading roses work?

I understand that it's accepted horticultural practice but is there any scientific evidence that deadheading roses actually encourages further flowering?
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Should I cut my raspberry cane that bloomed but they dried up before fruiting?

My 3 yr old red raspberry bloomed and the flowers dried up due to weather/watering. I don't know what kind of raspberry plant it is. It's a bare root from Walmart. Should I cut the cane or will it ...
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How to address a broken peach branch

Yesterday I discovered a broken limb on a peach tree. My plan is to remove it properly in another week or so hopefully after the fruit ripens. My question is how should this be addressed for the ...
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Pruning chili plant

I have grown a chili plant from seeds. It grows fine but I think it getting too tall compared to the width (now at 22 cm/8.5 in). How should I prune it to get a nice dense plant?
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Young weeping silver birch heavy on one side

My young weeping silver birch arrived with most of its branches on the left side. Maybe a silly question but will branches grow on right as it grows in height or is there something I could do to help ...
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How should I handle needle buildup under my Lawson cypress hedge?

I recently purchased a home with a large Lawson cypress hedge along the neighboring property line. It's about a dozen trees, each 20-30 feet tall and maybe 5-6 foot diameter on average. My neighbor ...
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Liquidambar/sweet gum - competing leaders and potential rot in crotches

We have a large, established liquidambar tree with many competing leaders (the trunk is ~1m (3') diameter but 2 m (6') from the ground it divides into 10 or so ~300 mm (12") diameter branches). I'...
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Should I top a dawn redwood (metasequoia glyptostroboides) growing between buildings?

I have a dawn redwood in my city garden. It's starting to grow higher than the surrounding buildings (about 20 to 25 metres), leading to higher winds near the top than the tree was used to for the ...
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Concord Grape Vine Pruning

I am in year two of establishing a Concord grape vine according to the Four-Arm Kniffen system at my home in New Jersey, and I have a couple of questions related to pruning. I planted the vine in ...
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Maple suddenly has some variegated leaves. What should I do?

I have a maple in my front yard that suddenly has some variegated leaves on two branches. It is this maple that I asked about in 2019. The pruning effort seems to be going well, but two branches that ...
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Birch Tree; Section of branches have no Leaves

I have a group of 3 birch tree's in my backyard, Jacksonville, FL. Last year I noticed that there was a center section, on the entire group, that did not have leaves on the branches. I have River ...
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How to correct odd Japanese Maple growth pattern?

I performed my first pruning of this tree last year, removing some lower branches and shortening the longest branch (growing towards the house) as I lost the middle leader naturally. I pruned about 1/...
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Olive tree not flowering after pruning (2 years)

I have an olive tree that was beautiful, full of leaves and producing fruit. Well, my gardener thought it was a good idea to prune the tree 2 years ago. The leaves never came back, only at the bottom ...
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Can I top a money tree plant below its leaves?

I have a money tree plant that has grown very leggy and tall, and it has lost all of its lower leaves. I want to make it shorty and fuller, but I don't want to kill it by pruning it. If I cut off the ...
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Is my avocado dead after pruning?

I pruned my 1 year old avocado plant a few months ago and now when it shoots new leaves they die before being able to branch out or become big. Have I killed my avocado? Is there anything I can do to ...
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How to refresh an old hedge with thick trunks and few branches/leaves (Eugenia)

I have a Eugenia hedge that has bordered our house for what our neighbors say has been >60 years (Southern California). Many of the individual trunks are thick, with few branches. After years of ...
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Saving my cherry tree

I moved into a house with a large mature cherry tree. The tree seems to have been severely neglected. The bark is peeling off from most of the large branches, I can see boring insects have made holes ...
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How to prune this peach tree?

I have this peach tree of unknown age, pictured below. It produces a lot of fruit, but all the branches need to be supported by tripods and thinned heavily. Is there any reasonable strategy for ...
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Saving the fig tree after a pruning session

I've pruned my fig tree and I think I might have made some mistakes. I'd like to bring it down in size so that the fruit is reachable. Any advice (ideally with instructions) on what I can do to ...
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How to prune down an almost leafless 8’ indoor avocado tree without killing it?

I have an 8’ tall indoor avocado pear tree which has only got a handful of leaves on the very top. The plant is under a skylight. The whole stem of the tree is very dry and has no branches or leaves....
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How can I reshape a Japanese maple with dead branches in the centre

I have a minuature Japanese Maple 'Deshojo' bought 2 years ago and it has done well since. I live in Northern France, it is in full sun in the afternoon but there are only a few weeks it is really hot ...
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Mulberry bleeding for a month

When I got my mulberry plant 8 months ago, it has two main branches. I wanted only 1 main branch. So removed one branch before planting. But the way I have removed the branch was, I left 1.5 inch from ...
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How does sap flow relate to angle of stem/branch?

Being spring in my part of the world, I have recently been pruning my young trees and roses. Having read and watched a bunch of educational content to remind myself of the do's and don'ts of pruning. ...
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Unexplained shoots sprouting

I have a weeping mulberry non-fruit bearing that has a few new shoots sprouting out of the top that have diff leaves that appear lobbed. These new shoots do not weep down like the rest of the tree, ...
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How can I get my indoor Lemon tree with no leaves or branches to grow a new branch or leaf?

I have this lemon tree (Meyer I think) and since April it has not had any leaves. It did go through a period without water (and it was indoors, but I put it in front of the window). I have pruned all ...
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Does cucumber fruit re-grow on older vines?

I noticed that my cucumber fruit grows on younger vines. I did not cut off the suckers, and the plant is growing all over. I wanted to know - do cucumber fruit re-grow on the older vines again later ...
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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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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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