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How to Cut Mirror

Learning how to cut mirror yourself has many benefits. You can create any design or shape you desire without settling for what’s available on the market. You can also save money on expensive mirror pieces since you can style them yourself. Cutting mirror is actually a misleading term, as you will not be cutting so much as performing what is called a controlled break. In this process, you will score, or scratch, the surface of the mirror where you want to cut it. This creates a weak point in the…

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How to Cut Bamboo

Three Methods:Preparing the Bamboo for CuttingCutting the BambooTransplating the BambooCommunity Q&A Bamboo has many advantages over several other kinds of wood. It grows phenomenally quickly, making it less expensive than many other varieties. The grain is attractive, and it’s set in such a way as to make the wood highly versatile. The qualities that make bamboo so great for so many projects do have a disadvantage: they make the wood more difficult to cut than other types. It’s possible to cut bamboo, though, with a sharp instrument. Method 1 Preparing…

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How to Cut Gladiolus

Two Methods:Cutting and Arranging GladiolusCaring for Cut GladiolusCommunity Q&A Gladiolus makes a striking garden plant and a relatively long-lived cut flower for the vase. The cut flowers are very simple to arrange in a tall, heavy vase. Cutting, arranging, and caring for your gladiolus can be quite easy, and ensure that they look good throughout their life. Method 1 Cutting and Arranging Gladiolus 1 Cut your gladiolus when they are already partially open. It is best to cut gladiolus at the point when one or two flowers are already open…

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How to Cut a Limb from a Tree

Improperly cutting a large limb from a tree can tear away a long strip of bark and wound the tree. You can avoid pruning damage by making the cut properly as described below. 1 Plan your cut. Decide which branch(es) you will cut and where. You may wish to cut a branch for aesthetic reasons (because it overhangs something or grows in a direction it shouldn’t) or because branches are rubbing or damaged. If you have any doubts about which branches to cut or how to cut them safely, hire…

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How to Cut and Layer Plants

Layering is a special method for propagating plants. In this process, new root growth is encouraged from a deliberate injury to the plant’s stem. The root grows while it is still a part of the parent plant, and can be detached later and planted elsewhere to form a new plant. Because this process is asexual, it is very useful if you want to exactly reproduce a plant of yours that is particularly healthy and vigorous. Learning how to cut and layer plants to form new growths is a matter of…

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How to Cure Daffodil Bulbs for Replanting

Daffodils are a sure sign of Spring, but sadly, their bloom time is so brief. The good news is that a resurrection in the next season is quite possible. Many home gardeners leave their bulbs in the ground year around, but others prefer to bring them up and store them until the fall planting season, when they can be planted in another part of the yard. Here are a few tips on what you can do to salvage daffodil bulbs for another season by curing them. 1 Allow the blossom…

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How to Cure Azaleas of Leaf Gall

Leaf gall is an unsightly condition in azalea shrubs, caused by the fungus Exobasidium  vaccinii. This fungus infects young spring growth and causes the leaves, flowers, buds, or stems to become distorted and misshapen with fleshy, bladder-like growths. The growths can be light green, white, pink, or brown, but almost always turn brown and hard with age. Luckily, the appearance of the infection is the most alarming thing about it- it’s simple to remove and unlikely to damage the plant. 1 Identify your shrub as an azalea. 2 Rule out…

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How to Cross Pollinate Different Vegetables to Create Hybrids

While you generally can’t cross-pollinate vegetables from different species, you can create a hybrid of vegetables from the same botanical species. The process is fairly simple. Many vegetables have male and female flowers. Male flowers can be cut off to pollinate female flowers. Here’s how. 1 Find out if the two plants are in the same botanical species. For example, zucchini, Howden Field pumpkin, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, small decorative gourds, and Jack-Be-Little miniature pumpkins are all members of the same botanical species, C. Pepo. But Butternut squash, Small Sugar…

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How to Cultivate Bamboo

Bamboo, typically thought of as an Asian plant, can grow almost anywhere in the world. It does not necessarily need soaked soil or a body of water to grow in; how and where bamboo will grow depends on what variety of bamboo one wants to grow. Some bamboo will grow an inch a day, while other types of bamboo don’t come close to that rate of growth. There are more than 1200 varieties of bamboo, but each of these varieties falls into one of two groups: clumping or running bamboo….

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How to Cross Breed Nepenthes

Two Parts:Cross-pollinatingNext springCommunity Q&A Nepenthes are tropical pitcher plants, sometimes known as “monkey cups”.[1] They grow best in hot, humid daytime temperatures and cool to cold, humid nighttime temperatures.[1] Cross breeding Nepenthes can be a fun hobby, allowing you to create your own species of plant. If you like the shape of one species but the colours of another, the two can be combined to obtain your new desired species. Part 1 Cross-pollinating 1 Obtain the Nepenthes plants. Obtain the species when they’re in bloom. That way, you’ll know up…