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How aggressively can you prune chilli plants?

I recently pruned my chilli plants after watching some videos on topping. I was more aggressive on plants where there were signs of new growth further down the stem. In other places, I left some side ...
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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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Does an Amaryllis plant *need* to go into dormancy?

I have an amaryllis plant that has nearly run its course and I want to replant it again. I'm growing it inside, so I have a year-round growing season. Once I cut the leaves and roots off for the bulb ...
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Should I cull June-bearing strawberries for fall bearing?

This year some of my Gurney's Whopper strawberries, a June-bearing variety, produced a few berries in the fall. That might weaken the plants for next years crop. Will culling them for this be ...
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How should I prune a weeping willow without shortening the life of the tree?

I prune a lot of neighborhood trees, but I've come to a small problem. Some people like their weeping willows high enough that they can walk underneath without brushing it. I have been doing this by ...
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How do I prune an apple tree so it will grow short?

I was just wondering, is it possible to prune an apple tree so that it will grow short? I just would appreciate not to have to get a ladder or anything to be able to get fruit. Is it possible and a ...
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Should I trim off flower buds on basil?

I have several herbs in a hydrocultural system. I have recently noticed several budding flowers on some of my basil plants. Since my goal is to maximize leaf yield, should I trim them off to conserve ...
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Can I prune a grape vine in near-freezing weather?

Most of the advice I have seen on when to prune grape vines in the British Isles is "early winter (late November/December)". I had planned to prune a three-year old vine, which is in an unheated ...
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How and when should I prune my 5 in one dwarf apple tree, including the suckers?

We have one of those 5 in one apple trees and actually got a couple of apples off of it last year. It seems like we have more trees growing off of it. There are some branch like things sprouting ...
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Should I seal the wounds where limbs were removed on a crape myrtle?

I have a crape myrtle that I attempted to transplant last spring. Unfortunately, it didn't do so well (I damaged more of the roots than I intended), and while it did leaf out last year, after a long ...
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When is it ok to prune an overgrown apple tree?

I recently bought a new house and I'm trying to get the garden in order. It has an apple tree which has lots of low branches and appears generally neglected. Some of the leaves are silvery and look ...
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Is my tree too close to my house?

I have an ornamental cherry tree approximately 30 ft tall, which is now close enough to my house that I could touch it from my window. I would like to keep it , but am concerned it will damage my ...
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Should I remove tomato plant leaves to Increase yield?

Many garden websites recommended that you remove 50% of the tomato plant (Cordon Variety) leaves in order to increase the yield. It's my first time growing tomatoes, and I am growing Sweet Million, ...
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Does pruning a plum tree to maintain its size and shape prevent it from fruiting?

I have a plum tree that is around six years old (possibly a year or two older - I forget exactly when I got it). I'm very keen that the tree not get so big that I have to use a ladder to pick the ...
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Have a grafted fruit tree. Want to have less of one of the fruits

I have a fruit tree whose primary trunk is pomelo fruit and the grafted trunk is Lemon. It's a reasonably large tree (35ft as a guess). I don't much like the pomelo fruit and don't really eat them. I ...
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Should I prune off a branch connected to a large weak crotch on my apricot tree?

I have an apricot tree that is 4 or 5 years old. It is doing well, but one of the main branches has a weak crotch and included bark. My peach tree had the same problem, and got split in a wind storm ...
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What should I do with a top heavy Croton?

My Croton is top heavy and I'm not sure what to do to fix it. I'm afraid that the stem will break. Should I prune it, and if so, how would I go about doing that?
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After picking strawberries, how should I prune the fruiting stems?

I have Seascape Strawberry plants. They are day-neutral. Some squirrels and I have eaten the strawberries. What should I do with the stems that have been eaten from? Should they be cut away or will ...
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Should I prune my Autumn-fruiting raspberries?

I have autumn fruiting raspberries (Autumn Bliss) which I planted in late spring. The original fruit canes have just made a very small crop, but the old canes are yellowing and beginning to wither, ...
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Can I trim this shrub into a spiral shape?

I have these 2 shrubs (circled in red) that I need to trim. I'm wondering if I can turn them into/trim it into a spiral shape (like in the 2nd photo). I'm finding it very difficult to find what kind ...
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How do I prepare a chili plant for a second year's growth?

I have finally managed to make one of my chili plants (variety unknown) live into its second year! I've kept it indoors so far this winter. As it will be spring in a couple of months (I'm in the UK), ...
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Should I cut back my yucca after flowering?

My Adam's needle yucca flowered for the first time this year. It does not look like it is going to grow in that area anymore, but the leaves are still green. Should I cut it back at all?
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Dracaena Fragrans Grafting?

Our office Dracaena Fragrans (called Wilson) is not healthy looking. The stalk of the plant is beige, woody and completely dried out. Once it was cut (before my time) a new stalk developed. This is ...
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Should blueberry suckers be removed?

I have a potted Sunshine Blueberry plant. I noticed suckers started appearing a few inches from the main trunk. Should I leave those suckers there or cut them off? I have read that suckers on big ...
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Should I Prune Determinate Tomato Plants?

If determinate tomato plants are leggy, should they be pruned or not? Is it ever too late to pulled and planted deeper?
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How do I prune my mop-head hydrangea?

I have a five year old Annabelle Hydrangea that is getting bushy. I have lightly pruned it in the past, but I don't know really know how I am supposed to do it. It is about 4' high and 6' wide. How do ...
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How can I safely prune a melon vine?

I have a volunteer melon vine (it looks like cantaloupe) growing at the end of my garden area. I chose to let it grow out of curiosity. It's now producing a number of healthy looking fruits. ...
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Care of red currant bushes

I've got two red currant bushes in my backyard, probably several years old, slightly neglected. Anyone have experience maintaining these? I'm about to string them up a bit as they have so much fruit ...
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Tips for first Serissa Bonsai

I just brought home my first bonsai. Looking at some of the guides online I think it needs some pruning after the flowering period. It still has wire on most of the growth. Any suggestions about ...
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Which side of a dead branch should you prune?

The last few inches of a young branch on a fruit tree (several branches, several trees) are dead so I plan on cutting it off. Should I make the cut in the living section or dead section?
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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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When and how should I prune lavender?

I'm currently growing some lavender from seed and I was wondering if I should go ahead a prune it. I know with basil it helps with improving yields and bushiness but I'm not sure if I should prune ...
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What is the right way to prune a mulberry tree?

I've planted a dormant bareroot 2' tall mulberry seedling, and I'm wondering what sort of pruning is required. It's a full size tree, not any sort of dwarf variety. It has several branches already. ...
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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 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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Why is my Ficus losing its leaves?

This spring I purchased an indoor tree and I think it is a ficus. It has recently, over the last month, lost many leaves, and does not look as good as before. It looks rather bald. Is there something ...
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How can I limit my Norway Spruce to one top (trunk)?

I have a Norway spruce that is about sixty feet tall and is beginning a second trunk. I like them to have only one top, but this particular tree is not climbable. How do I control this?
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Bay Leaf Tree (Laurus Nobilis) with severe scale

I'm new to gardening as I have just bought my first house. I inherited a very large (about 6m tall) Bay tree that is severely sick. I took a sample to my local garden center and I was told that 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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How can I make this succulent less splayed-out and lanky?

1) I think this is a Sansevieria suffruticosa, but I'm just guessing based on internet pictures. Does that seem right? It made these flowers once, and looks like this at the base. 2) It's grown ...
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How Far Back To Prune Frost-Damaged Gardenias?

I have 4 formerly great-looking gardenia bushes in my yard, but this past winter has been brutal on them (I live in the DC area, where it was still snowing as of yesterday). The plants are still alive,...
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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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Pruning Dogwood, Lavender and Spirea

I'm new to gardening as this is the first place we've moved to with a garden. I've managed to work out some of the plants that are present in the garden, however, they look like they have never been ...
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To prune or not to prune tomato's lower leaves?

I battled early blight last year, so this year I laid down a thick bed of grass clippings as mulch in my raised beds to prevent splashing of the dirt onto the plants. Last night, simply out of habit, ...
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Pruning a mimosa

I have a mimosa and I have to prune it. I'd like to be less invasive and do this "operation" in the best way. Which is the best weather to prune mimosa? Which is the best time to do it?
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I have a pole saw with a typical pruning saw blade and it works great on fresh green palm fronds (which I really shouldn't be cutting, but I don't want them touching my roof line) but the ones that I ...
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How should I prune a half-dead bush of rosemary?

I have inherited a garden in a hot and arid climate with a half-dead bush of rosemary. As you can see in the photo below, a part of the plant is dead, but another is doing okay. How should I deal ...
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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 ...
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Pruning leaves from bell pepper plants

I have a few bell pepper plants out in the garden and they are finally starting to bud. Is it a good idea to prune the older and larger leaves below the buds to encourage larger fruit? I am growing ...
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Should I redo this pruning cut?

It looks to me that this pruning cut left too much of the branch that was cut: Should I cut again closer to the trunk? Should I perhaps fill the hole in the center with something? Is there a sign ...

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