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New shoots on spruce trees with photo

Most coniferous evergreens have new shoots from the branches and top every year. That's how they grow. New growth from the trunk where it's heavily shaded by the top branches is unusual, but not ...
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Plants near bonsai

My bonsais always accumulate weed seedlings (like yours is). I pinch off any which visually jar with the tree. This selects for moss and other little weeds which make a nice "forest floor". ...
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Are my trees dead?

To quote from the RHS here: Scratch the bark (the “scratch test”) on the shoots of your trees or shrub with your thumb nail or a penknife. A stem with green under the bark is alive; a stem with brown ...
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How can I shape a Rocky Mountain Glow Maple to be more round?

Do not attempt - the tree is genetically programmed, if you will, to always grow in an upright pyramidal form. Topping it, which you're suggesting, will result in a large number of possible leaders, ...
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New shoots on spruce trees with photo

I don't think it means anything. Its not a bad sign. If you have pruned a lot, then it may be a survival mode thing.
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Is it a good idea to trim branches that are not developing leaves?

Trimming dead branches when you are sure they are dead is good. Don't cut the branch collar, and don't leave too long of a stub - both so the tree can heal the wound as fast as possible. And don't put ...
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spiral tree trunk growth

Natural twist is a complete mystery. I have long been puzzled by it and spoken to several foresters and biologists. There is significant interest in twist in silviculture since it has a large effect ...
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Oak sapling in pot is not branching

Good advice from @benn. The #1 killer of bonsais is having them indoors. The danger of outdoor bonsais is letting them go dry. This can happen in the summer (duh!) but also in the winter if there is a ...
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How do I keep my olive tree from sending up shoots?

Trim the suckers or shoots as close to ground and tree trunk as you can. This is a regular job. Especially in spring and summer.
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Plants for under blue spruce tree

I am in MN and have had good luck under spruce trees with pulmonaria/lungwort in shadier spots and catmint (walker's low) and salvia in the sunnier areas. I water the lungwort especially, and drip ...
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oak tree in pot

My late Uncle pushed an acorn into a terracotta plant pot 8 inches wide and 10 high 17 years ago. It is doing incredibly well. It's 13 inches high and stays outside all year round in Manchester U.K. ...
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