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How should I lift the umbrella on a white Crepe Myrtle tree? [closed]

What is the best pruning technique to lift the umbrella on a white Crepe Myrtle tree?
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When, and how far, to prune down a massive overgrown rhododendron?

Our new home has several rhododendrons that look to have gone unmanaged for many many years. The largest, in the pictures below, has grown well over the roof. When should this get pruned? How far ...
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How to get more shoots after pruning Yucca?

I have cut off the top of my Yucca elephantipes, and after a few months a new shoot comes from the stem. My question is, is it possible to get more than one shoot? And if yes, how to do that? How can ...
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How to prune regrowth from a previously cut down tree?

I have an Albizia tree with a very established root base that was recently cut down due to renovations. The existing stump (which was originally a regrowth as well I think) is only around 8cm across ...
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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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Prune baby kumquat (citrus) tree

Just for the fun of it I threw a kumquat seed in a pot, and it has actually grow quite a bit. I know you should ideally graft cuttings onto rootstock and not start from seed. But I just did it for the ...
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My fuschia is dying after pruning

We have a home garden and recently fuschia was added to our collection. it was all great looking and healthy but after a few days there were no blooms and it was all leaves on the plant. I did read ...
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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 ok to cut tree branches with a jigsaw?

I know it probably sounds silly. The idea is to cut the branch off the trees with proper tools (tree pruner, pole saw or whatever), that's easy, takes a minute. What is not so time-friendly, is ...
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Should I prune old dead sections of my rose bush while new growth is appearing at the base?

My daughter gave me this rose bush last Mother's Day, which was exactly a year ago. It was planted in a large pot and purchased from a nursery. It's called Fragrant Plum, from this company. It grew ...
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Sealing Crape Myrtles to stop new growth

I've removed a lot of limbs from the bottom of my crape myrtles, to limit it to a few odd numbered limbs. However, where the cuts were made continue to put forth new growth, that I don't want. Is ...
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Fruit trees root growth

I have several fruit trees all in good condition, all around 2 years old. One of them is a morello cherry. He was bought as a one year Old. On its second year, I missed pruning and ultimately he ...
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Do you prune the brown on a shrub?

So I'm not sure of the species of this shrub but as you can see in the images a good portion of it has become brown and appears dead. Do I prune off the brown parts or do I leave it and hope they come ...
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Small tree pruning recommendations

I have a small tree on my property that looks likes its a bit overgrown to me. Does this need pruning? Any recommendations on how I should tackle it? Does it need a light pruning or a heavy pruning?
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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 can I stop removed branch stumps from spouting 'beards'?

I've a lot of substantial trees, mostly sycamores (related to maples I think, they might have a different name in the US?) I can see over the past the last owners pruned branches on the main trunk ...
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How/if to transplant a 15' Catalpa?

About 25 years ago three catalpa (Indian bean tree) seeds were planted in the Northern Hemisphere in a temperate climate. They came from the Southern Hemisphere and seem may have been from a Catalpa ...
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Vine trimming tips

I have planted a vine from a local vineyard this year. It is strong and has woken up showing strong buds and looks promising. I do not want to grow it the traditional way, like a vineyard, but ...
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pruning new grape vines

I bought 3 grape vines last spring/summer (table grapes, canadice, concord, can't remember). The grew but no grapes or flowers. After reading it sounds like I should have pruned them before the ...
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How to prune a cherry tree that was left alone since being planted

I recently moved into a house with lots of horticultural learning opportunities :) This semi-dwarf cherry was planted at least two years ago and (as far as I can tell) has never been pruned. The ...
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Is April too late to prune my fig tree?

I have a purple and gold variety fig tree that's been established for about three or four seasons. I had been cutting it all the way back every winter, but this season, I missed my opportunity (for no ...
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What to do with a slender, tall Basil plant? (how to make it “bushy”?)

Am a complete gardening novice, any level of information welcomed! Have been trying to grow Basil - it is now very tall and skinny and woody - I think from initial neglect. See picture: Question: ...
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What's the best way to treat boxwood winter burn?

I have a boxwood that appears to have suffered some significant winter burn. About half of the branches have yellow leaves. What's the best treatment? Should I prune the affected branches, or leave ...
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How should I prune a large indoor avocado plant?

I have an avocado plant indoors that is seven feet tall, and that has never been pruned. The top two feet which have most of the growth are now bending over. The ceiling is at nine feet, and the plant ...
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Correct position of Bypass Pruner/Lopper Blade

I have recently bought a bypass lopper and apparently there is a correct way to position the blade when cutting; that is, reversing the position would damage the branch. gardenmyths.com claims: fuf....
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Do Orange and Lemon Trees need annual pruning?

I have a lemon and orange tree in my backyard. I have apple and pear trees as well which I prune on an annual basis. I was wondering if the lemon and orange trees need pruning as well and if so, how ...
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Can I start fuchsias from root cuttings?

I love fuchsias and am wintering one over indoors for the first time. It's doing great (3 months in), but when I trimmed it I had to prune the roots as well as the leaves and so I was wondering if it ...
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Cherry tree pruning problems

I have a cherry fruit tree that I left alone for 5 years. It's growing "weird" now that I need to seriously pay attention and prune. The first photo shows that the top two branches reaching up to ...
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Japanese Maple Care after years of neglect

Location is Portland, OR area. My new (to me; built 1972) house came with a 10 ft tall Japanese Maple in the front yard. I don't know when the tree was planted but it has suffered through the years ...
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Can I trim a blue spruce tree to keep it from getting larger?

We have a blue spruce next to our house. It's probably as tall as I want it (I would guess 12 feet, basically reaching our roof line) and certainly as wide as I want it. Can I trim this tree to keep ...
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Is it time to prune this Chrysanthemum?

For some reason, the bottom of the body of my Chrysanthemum is dying (probably root rot?): Using the arrows, I have tried to show that for the middle part, it is dead on one side. Of course I can ...
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Need guidance on pruning multi-varietal apple tree

I am in zone 9b and have an apple tree (multi-varietal) that has been growing in all directions because of lack of proper pruning. I am interested in knowing when I can prune this tree in my zone and ...
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Multi-Trunk Muscadine Grapes

I have a multi-trunk muscadine vine where instead of maintaining/pruning root shooters, the previous owner let them grow out of the ground from the root system. Now I have 20 trunks at the single ...
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How do I prune Verbena bonariensis?

In my region, Verbena bonariensis is a perennial rather than an annual. It's getting quite tall, with some close to 8 feet even though it's not supposed to top 6 feet, and in the wind has taken a ...
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Should I cut off some banana leaves before flowering?

I am growing a banana plant in my house. Some of my neighbors say that trimming or cutting fresh banana leaves from the tree before it has borne a fruit, would result in the banana tree not producing ...
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Is this rule of thumb for timing dormant pruning correct?

In the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service's Training and Pruning Fruit Trees publication it says this (bolding mine): The timing of dormant pruning is critical. Pruning should begin as ...
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Should I cut off cactus pads to help the main branch to grow?

I have some small cactus (one year old) and they are have been producing a lot of new pads. If I remove the branching pads, the main stem will have more energy to develop itself (my main focus is to ...
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How far back should you prune rambling roses with lots of old/diseased wood?

I have a rambling rose (or maybe climbing, I'm not too sure) that has a lot of old or possibly diseased wood. I've read that it's good to remove old wood, but since both main stems have old wood at ...
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How should I prune this grafted lemon tree?

My dad has this terrible tree setup, I think it's 2 different trees, a lemon tree covered by a taller bushy tree. I don't have full control here, I can't cut these down/tear them out, but I am charged ...
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Topping (ungrafting?) an ornamental weeping cherry

We have an ornamental weeping cherry tree that we'd like to remove -- we wanted a bigger tree. But first, we were wondering if we were to just top it (cut the tree below the graft), if we could end ...
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How and when should hydrangea be trimmed?

The picture above shows the current condition of Hydrangea plants in need of pruning. How and when should they be trimmed?
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Which of these trees are good for growing as a Christmas tree in a pot?

I'm going to buy a potted Christmas tree we can keep in a pot, and would like to buy a Nordmann fir (Picea nordmanniana) for its colourful male cones. I have read this species is fast growing and isn'...
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Basil stem turning brown after pruning

I'm a gardening beginner and recently pruned my first basil plant (about two weeks ago). I bought special pruning shears because pinching the stems took a bit of a pull, and I didn't want to harm them ...
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Pruning tips for Vietnamese Coriander/Mint

Recently picked up gardening again and started with a small but diverse range of flowers,herbs and vegetables. The last time I did gardening was back in the 80's I have been educating myself as I go ...
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Is it better to cut off drying branches sooner or later?

Is it beneficial to leave the drying branches so that the plant can salvage the good juices inside them (I'm not entirely sure that this actually happens, it just seems that's how plants work because ...
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Pruning a Lilac in November (South East, UK)

The leaves are falling off the 6'x6'x10' beast of a lilac I inherited from the previous homeowners, and I'm wondering whether now is an appropriate time to start reducing the height. The plan was to ...
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Pruning a weeping mulberry

We have a wonderful weeping mulberry (Morus alba pendula) (male, so no fruit) in our front yard. It's massive - probably 15' tall and at least that diameter. The problem is that it's growing larger ...
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How can I limit the height (depth) of our English (Common) Ivy?

We have ivy growing in the front yard, and I like it. It requires no attention other than trimming to keep it off the house, tree, sidewalk. My wife doesn't like that it keeps getting higher. Instead ...
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How should I deal with tree root pushing on brick retaining wall?

We have a Mt Fuji, Prunus 'Shirotae', tree with a total diameter of about 8 meters (26 feet). We only have a small garden but love this tree. It's planted next to a brick retaining wall (goes down to ...