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How do encourage my Ficus Lyrata to branch?

I live in Sintra, Portugal and I have two Ficus Lyatra in a greenhouse with enough heat, water and fertilizer. The problem is that they grow vertically and do not branch. They have already almost 3 ...
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Are holly roots aggressive (invasive)?

Are holly roots notably aggressive? Some sources (mostly blogspam-ish) make claims like: The expansion of the out-of-control holly tree roots puts all of your pipes, overall foundation, plumbing, etc....
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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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Cottonwood Tree advice

Location is Fountain, Colorado on the property is 2 Cottonwood trees approx 200 feet tall and they located in a trench that is about 5 feet deep. The trench has been filled now with dirt rocks and the ...
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Mounting a board/sign to a tree without harming it

I'm looking for suggestions on mounting a board vertically to a tree but without drilling into the tree or harming it. I was looking for some type of bracket or strap that would withstand multiple ...
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Help me not kill my tree

Or is it too late? My thumbs are decidedly not green. I went to the local nursery and bought a tree and potting soil for a pot on my deck. Local means central utah. I didn’t have a pot to transfer to ...
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Bark on plum tree concern

I noticed earlier on our plum tree that the bark on one of the limbs is a very slight reddish colour and what look like cracks. You can see the another tree limb on the left that looks fine Any ideas ...
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Advice for taking care of trees in garden

The house we have bought has a number of trees in the garden and I'm looking for advice for basically how to take care of them. How often and how much to water them and any other particular tips and ...
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What should I do with two potted Silver Maples that are about a year and a half old?

We sold our home last July and we had two beautiful Silver Maples in the yard and early in the spring of 2022 I took two seeds and planted them in separate buckets. They sprouted through the summer ...
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Gingko Tree leaves yellowing/greying falling in June

This beautiful Gingko tree leaves are starting to yellow and fall and it’s barely July! The leaves seem to have a uniform yellowing, almost grey tint and are starting to fall off. The tree is about ...
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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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How can I save my tree which has an exposed rotten root?

I have a large 6m pear tree in my garden, which I have inherited from the previous owner. One side of the tree roots are exposed as the tree has grown at the boundary between the lawn and a lower ...
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Norfolk Island Pine w/new growth at base but has dropped 75% of its branches-what’s wrong with it?

Approximately 8 yo Norfolk Island Pine. Has been in the sunroom with good sunlight all of its life and done well and put out new growth every year. Humidity is about 44-55%. Water weekly. Late March ...
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Recommendations for Cedar tree bark damage

The bark on this cedar tree got nicked by a falling branch. We don’t want to lose this tree, so I’m researching the best course of action. One horticulturalist friend told me to just strip off the ...
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Will a 3- to 4-foot sweetgum I planted in April that's had about 90% of its leaves eaten off by a deer survive?

I just planted this spring at the beginning of April a row of 6 slender silhouette sweetgums. They were bare-root and they took a long time to come to life. It's only been about a month that they ...
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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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Why won’t my potted cherry tree grow leaves anymore?

I received a dwarf Montmorrency cherry tree last spring (March 2022). It had leaves and appeared healthy. I believe it was a few years old already. It only grew one cherry, though. I figured maybe I ...
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What to do with this bending mulberry tree

I live in northern Mississippi. My mulberry tree is tipping a lot. Should I just get a pole and tie it to it or do something else?
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Does our apple tree have crown gall?

We are trying to rehabilitate this apple tree. It is very much alive but had several dead branches, which we have since cut off. It was also invaded by ants, which I hope we have scared away. We ...
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Trim Jane Magnolia to be a single trunk or leave as a group?

I have a small jane magnolia tree (~3 ft tall). Can (or should?) I trim it to be a single trunk, or is it intended to be a multi-trunk / bush like this?
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Will the tree roots of a wrapped root ball above ground be harmed by freezing temperatures?

I am transplanting an 8 year old Royal Frost Birch in Ohio; about 20 feet tall, 4" diameter clumped trunks. I pruned the roots back in June and the root ball was just dug up today, mid-March. ...
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I Have been Growing an Avocado from a Pit. It is 2 yrs old! How and When to Prune, again?

I have been growing an Avocado, from a Pit, for 2 years! I live in Upstate NYS, so it HAS to be INDOORS at least half of the year. It has been healthy, but, I NEED PRUNING instructions!! I have pruned ...
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What is this grey-white mold/fungus below my tree?

I’m trying to grow a tree and I keep finding this fungus in the soil (photo attached). My plant isn’t doing well (it is a potted evergreen and is growing inside). I give my plant a good watering once-...
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What's the best way to rescue this beech?

My super bright son did this to the beautiful 100-year-old beech in our backyard. Is there anything that can be done to save the tree?
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Why is my Colorado Blue Spruce Dying?

Everything seemed to be green and fine until a couple weeks ago. As you can see in these pictures, the branches seem to be losing their needles in patterns and turning gray, leaving the lower branches ...
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Ficus bonsai dropping leaves and white powder

So I bought a ficus microcarpa bonsai from the store 2 month ago and I noticed a problem since then, some leaves turn partially brown and fall while it's still wet not dry, some new growth also falls ...
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why does my Eucalyptus gunni lost the scent?

I planted it last year in my garden in Sintra, Portugal ( the summers are warm, dry and ,always cloudy in the morning; the winters are cool, wet and partly cloudy. Throughout the year, the temperature ...
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Irrigation for elderly family members persimmon tree

So my aunt recently underwent some surgery and it's not at her best to continue watering her backyard. Majority of it does have some irrigation in the front yard but in the back she has a 15 foot ...
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Planting Birch trees in the forest?

I would like to buy 1000 Birch trees, to plant them in the forest. Can they grow without water? because I read that they need a lot of water. In my country - occupied Palestine - it only rains in the ...
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What is this brown spot in my cherry leaf?

I have a cherry fruit tree that I don't know the species name, but in my country it's called Japanese Cherry. Some of my cherry's leaves have brown spots, it looks like a fungus but also looks like ...
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Will my trees recover from deer eating the leaves?

Deer have eaten the leaves of my trees. I think they are holly. I am trying to protect them with deer repellant spray and eventually a fence. If I can keep the deer away, will my trees recover and ...
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Onion(not peel) water for fertilizer?

I have heard several times that onion peel water is very good for fertilizer, but I never heard about onion itself. Is it good or bad for plants? I only heard if it can be used for insecticide, but I ...
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Is my cherry tree dying?

I recently moved and there is a big cherry tree in the front garden. Half of the branches are without leaves, with the bark peeling off. Most of the tree is covered with moss but there were definitely ...
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Is this apple canker?

I've inherited an apple tree growing in heavily polluted ground (tailings and spoil from copper/tin mining). The tree is fruiting with nice sweet cooking fruit, but is absolutely covered in lichen and ...
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Spraying Insecticides overhead - without getting covered with insecticide

Does anyone have a method/technique to spray insecticides that does not cover a person with overspray when you are spraying above your head? I am not talking about the spray that hits you when the ...
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What is the problem for this 6yo maple and does it need intervention?

Six years ago a 1"-DBH maple (believed to be a Norway maple cultivar) was planted at an institution to commemorate an event. This is in zone 5 in central NY, which has been experiencing moderate ...
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What's going on with leaves on my avocado? help

I have an avocado plant in my outdoors, but for some time light spots appear on the leaves, and the tips dry out
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The bark on my 50 year old Japanese Maple splitting

I have a fifty year old Japanese Maple at my old house. I went to visit the tree and notice the bark on one of the lower trunks had split was peeling away and now there were black circular marks, (...
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Pruning potato tree to shorten

I have a potato tree that is round shape on the top about 10 feet tall. I’d like this to be about 3 feet tall but I will be cutting off all the branches. If I do cut it to a 3’ stump will the tree ...
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What is causing these brown holes that go through my young cherry tree's leaves?

What is making these holes in my cherry tree's leaves? And if it's a threat to the health of the plant, how can I stop these holes from forming?
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How to determine root ball diameter when transplanting a clump of trees?

I have read in several sources to use the diameter of the tree's trunk to determine the size of the root ball to dig up when transplanting. I have a clump of birch trees I want to attempt to ...
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What is wrong with my Cordon Apple tree?

It has a white spider web like covering... What is it and how should I treat it? I live in the UK.
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How to prune a young MASTIC TREE?

This little tree is about 5 feet tall and has 4-5 stems - I want it to have multi trunk. It's growing in AZ so should I worry about sun damage after I pruned it to make it look less like a bush. The ...
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Is this a girdling root and should it be removed

See below images for what appears to be a girdling root that might eventually start choking off a main root. Before I remove it I wanted to get some thoughts. Any input is much appreciated!
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Why are the leaves on my Japanese cherry tree turning yellow?

I have a Japanese cherry tree in my front yard. (I live in a hot, high-altitude desert climate.) This is my first spring in this house, and last year the tree had significant die-off. I'm guessing it'...
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OK to fill a tree trunk with soil and plant in it?

We have an old apricot tree where the trunk sustained unknown damage (It was here when we bought the house, so we don't know what happened to it, specifically) and is mostly hollowed out: ...
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Mini solar-powered pump for poorly-drained soil

I have a tree which wants well-drained soil but which is planted in clay (other than the good soil that was added around / below it). Because of where it is, it can accumulate too much water, so I put ...
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Silver Tree (Leucadendron argenteum) leaves yellowing?

I planted a Silver Tree (Leucadendron argenteum) a few months ago in a spot where it gets several hours of sunlight. Recently, its lower leaves started turning yellow; see photo: Is this a cause for ...
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How to encourage banana trees to grow after insulating over winter

I have a few banana trees (How to insulate banana tree during winter) that I insulated with fiberglass over the winter in northern Mississippi. Two have started growing leaves. The others haven’t, but ...
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When to remove unwanted buds

I have planted a 15 feet long mulberry plant about a week ago. I don't want it to have any branch in its bottom 7 feet. But I see it is growing new buds everywhere. When to remove these wanted bottom ...
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