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Questions about how to best cut plant branches.

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Avocado pruning and repotting advice

Firsty I'm new to the site so hope I'm posting in the correct place! I grew my avocado tree/bush from scratch as an experiment with my nephew and a few months ago I cut it in half (see last picture ...
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Is my red oak tree dead? Only suckers growing:(

I need help! I got this tree approximately two years ago May 2017 to be exact and it was fluffy lots of leaves!! However, this year it did not grow any new leaves only suckers, can anyone please give ...
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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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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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How to bring my Olive's branches back to life?

I have an Olive tree that I keep indoors and potted (lots of sunlight in room and let it breath outdoors occasionally), I went away for a few weeks and the leaves on the bottom few branches have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...