Tip cuttings

Conversation and Q&A goes on every day at our Forum. Often, a topic there becomes an article here: A cutting took root!

Conversation and Q&A goes on every day at our Forum. Often, a topic there becomes an article here: A cutting took root!

Gardeners question, answer, receive answers and discuss at our Forum. Often, we recognize from discussion there what topics we should expand upon here in What's Coming Up articles. Afterward, from each Tip Cutting article readers can jump easily to the Forum topic that was the seed, and continue with even more Q&A.

Choose from the list below to harvest the best, the funniest, the most beautiful of what's going on in our Forum. The most recent article is at the top of the list. From the tips found here, much takes root!

Dieffenbachia with ugly ankles with ugly ankles: What's up with my dieffenbachia? It's losing lower leaves.

When a new tree dies: Plant a hemlock, lose a hemlock... What are we doing wrong?

Prune a butterfly bush: What's the best time to clip back a butterfly bush that doesn't know enough to stop growing in the cold?

For clean lines in summer, be ruthless when cutting back butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii). Leave no stubs!

For clean lines in summer, be ruthless when cutting back butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii). Leave no stubs!

Arbs' spring check: Why well-shaped arbs start with a spring check up.

Arbs cut in time: The best approach to pruning an arborvitae is to begin cutting it as soon as it reaches whatever height and width you can allow.

Arbs cut hard: Sometimes there's no choice but to chop an arborvitae back a few years all at once.

Arbs long recovery: Reality check: An arborvitae's recovery can be a long road.

Raspberry Crumble is No Treat: What's Coming Up #217, March 3, 2016: Raspberry bushes are persistent but here's one reason to think about replacing them every few years... and in that natural progression of Tip Cutting items, a segue to Japanese beetle control.

Career in Gardening, Growing Concerns #647: For young people and those considering a career change, there's steady, rewarding work out in the garden. 

Pruning Panicle Hydrangea: What's Coming Up 216, February 17, 2016. It's a beautiful summer blooming, low care shrub with one problem, that it is too big for most gardens. Fortunately it's easy to control with one cut per year. Here's the when and how.