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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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Young Indoor Lychee Trees: Do I prune?

I germinated some Lychee seeds when it was really hot and humid in NYC this summer (~13 weeks ago). They grew really quickly and healthily until mid October when a new layer of leaves sprouted. The ...
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Trim water damaged leaves?

I had a plant which was in too low of light and not sufficient drainage. After repotting with better soil and good drainage new leaves are coming out and soil is drying up nicely between watering. ...
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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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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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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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How to prune a Zelkova seedling turning into a multi-trunk tree?

In October '18, I started growing several Zelkova trees from seed. One of them, pictured below, is doing remarkably well. However I'm concerned about it's branching structure. Almost immediately ...
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Avocado leaf veins problem

I have 1-year old indoor avocado tree. Recetly, I noticed gray / brown spots around its veins. What is the problem and how to fix it? Avocado was firstly pruned 4 days ago. I am not sure if the ...
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Leaves on my Dracaena reflexa have died because of cold and I trimmed them

I am currently located in Srinagar (India) the winter has been a tad too harsh this year with night temperatures plummeting to -7 degrees C all the leaves on my Dracaena reflexa gehich I had forgotten ...
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Fiddle fig transplant cutting and rooting

So I have a 7ft fiddle fig plant that I purchased around six months ago. It grew around 5 feet since I got this and I would like to transplant it into the pot that you can see in the picture next to ...
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Guava tree pruning

I pruned my 10 year old Guava tree to half the size in June 2018. I am worried as it doesn't produce new shoots yet.This is Septemeber. My question is about how long I have to wait to see new leaves?...
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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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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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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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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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Lumpy oranges and pruning

Why are my oranges lumpy and they only grow in the top of the tree out of reach? Can I trim to a more manageable height?
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Should i prune tomato fruiting trusses?

We all know to leave about 4 fruit trusses on a tomato plant and to prune out suckers and side shoots. But the ends of the fruiting trusses on my plants have turned up and shot up in the air like new ...
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Nepenthes ventrata

Ours is about 5.5 ft tall growing in a tomato cage for support. We winter it in our small greenhouse. This spring we cut off the old pitchers and want to know if we should remove the old tall stems to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I properly cut and cultivate my lemon trees to keep them smaller?

I started growing these two lemon trees from (random storebought lemon) seeds a few years ago and they grew considerably over the last summer after putting them in larger pots. Because I live in ...
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Training Japanese vineberry

Context I have been growing this Japanese Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) for 2 years, and it was already 2 years old when I bought it. See annotated image below. I have usually pruned it by removing ...
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training branched-olive sapling

I need help finding the pruning and training techniques to have branched-olive (no central axis) produced from semi-hard cuttings instead of standard format. thanks
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How hard can one prune a Hebe hedge?

I have a Hebe hedge like the shrub pictured and due to inadequate pruning over the years it has badly outgrown it's area. Hebe's have green foliage only for a couple inches over the outside of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Spacing for Loquat trees

The previous owners of my property left me three young loquat trees. They are all in the same planter, and are much closer to structures (and to each other) than most advice I see online at 8' from ...