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Taraxacum officinale
Also known as: Lion's-Tooth, Yellow-Gowan, Priest's Crown, Pee-A-Bed, Swine's Snout, Wild Endive, Irish daisy, Cankerwort
Taraxacum officinale, widely known as common dandelion is a herbaceous perennial that can be found in temperate regions all over the world, in habitats with moisty soils. The most popular feature of this plant are its fruits - furry spheres that are easily carried by the wind. Although it is generally considered a weed, common dandelion is actually edible and very nutritious.
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Common dandelion
It is believed that everyone will feel like blowing away the dandelion's fluffy ball as if it blows away their sorrow. Weirdly, its name has nothing to do with its most distinctive ball feature. It actually comes from the French dent de lion, or "lion's tooth", in reference to the plant's jagged-edged leaves. It's also the most common species of the genus, so it's called common dandelion.

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Common dandelion is thought to originate from Greece or even the Himalayas. The efficient spread via seeds and transportation, plus human uses and cultivation, means that it has become globally distributed – from the subtropics to the tundra. Common dandelion has a flowerhead with numerous small florets and each floret produces a seed. The seeds can fly or get carried far and wide because of their parachute-like fluff called pappus. Also, common dandelion quickly regenerates from any part of its long root left in the ground. Because it prefers compact and disturbed soils, common dandelion is most commonly a weed of cultivated fields and lawns.
How to Control it
Common dandelion is a rampant grower that’s difficult to eradicate. The best time to control it is in spring and autumn. Plants can be uprooted manually, making sure to remove the whole root. Pre-emergent weed killers can prevent seeds from sprouting, while selective broadleaf herbicides can control the spread without damaging the lawn. For large areas, tillage, rotary hoeing, and regular cultivation can be effective. Mowing can remove the flowers before they seed, but the plant will continue to spread vegetatively. If you opt for herbicide use, consult an agricultural expert to find the best active substance and application method for your geographic region. Spray on a windless day to avoid drift.
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Do I Need to Prune Common dandelion?
Pruning your Common dandelion is a fairly simple process that helps encourage the growth of a naturally healthy plant. To keep your Common dandelion in good health year after year, you can choose to either strategically prune it or cut it back each season.

Whether to prune or cut back depends on the way you want your plant to grow and the look you’re trying to achieve in your garden or home. Some gardeners favor the cutting back method, as it leaves more room for entirely new growth. However, it is possible to selectively and strategically prune Common dandelion while still encouraging full healthy growth in spring.
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How to Prune My Common dandelion?
Pruning your Common dandelion is a fairly simple process. First, you will need a reliable set of hand pruners or hedge trimmers. You may use a clean pair of sharp scissors if you don’t have pruners or garden shears on hand. It’s important to always clean your gardening tools before and after using them to prevent the possibility of spreading disease or infection to other plants.

To prune your Common dandelion simply allow your plant to go dormant over the Winter. Some time between late winter and early spring – or when new growth starts to appear – take your clean pruners or trimmers and cut away any dying, damaged, yellow or declining foliage. Repeat this process until you reach the base of the plant or until there are no dead pieces left to cut. When pruning, be careful not to damage the new growth that may be emerging near the base of your plant. These parts cannot be restored and pruning can increase the ventilation of the plants and facilitate their growth. Any pruning that is done to this plant should be cut straight across the blades or stems. No angled cuts are required.

Diseased leaf blade foliage can be removed as it appears. This could be done anytime when your Common dandelion is growing.
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How to Prune Common dandelion During Different Seasons?
Early spring and late winter are the best times to prune your Common dandelion on a large scale. If you want to control the size of your Common dandelion, you can prune them as you wish, but be careful not to prune more than a third of the size of the plant.

Yellow and diseased leaves may appear during the summer months when the Common dandelion is growing vigorously and these types of leaves need to be pruned back immediately. These parts of the Common dandelion cannot be restored and pruning increases the ventilation of the plant and facilitates its growth.
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What Should I Do after Pruning My Common dandelion?
Once you’ve pruned your plant, you should dispose of the stems and leaves either by composting the healthy ones or throwing out the diseased parts. You can also fertilize just before or after pruning, which gives Common dandelion a little vitamin boost that can provide it the nutrients needed to better protect itself from any nearby pathogens or diseases.

Do not water the Common dandelion immediately after pruning as this can lead to fungal infestation of the plants through the wounds.

You don’t need much after care when you’re done pruning. It might benefit from light watering and some liquid plant food to encourage new growth.
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When to Prune Common dandelion Through Different Stages of Growth?
Strategic pruning is usually done at different times of the year or during certain stages of growth depending on the plant. However, knowing when to prune your Common dandelion depends on where you live and how established your plant is. For example, if your Common dandelion is a new resident, it’s a good idea to wait until the plant starts to grow back before you start pruning. On the other hand, if your plant is already established, you will want to prune the dry or dead parts in plant before new leafy growth appears in early spring or late winter. This is the time of year when plants are dormant and pruning causes the least damage to them. This is also the best time of year to do more extensive pruning.

It’s important to note that if Common dandelion is pruned too late in the season, it can leave new growth at risk for damage or disease. However, if your Common dandelion is indoors this is not a problem and you can prune at any time. Since this can affect the long-term health and appearance of your plant, it’s important to keep this in mind when deciding when and how to prune. As your Common dandelion grows larger over time, you can trim it as needed after annual pruning.

Dead, damaged, or diseased leaf blade foliage can be removed as it appears. This could be done anytime when your Common dandelion is growing.
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Common dandelion
It is believed that everyone will feel like blowing away the dandelion's fluffy ball as if it blows away their sorrow. Weirdly, its name has nothing to do with its most distinctive ball feature. It actually comes from the French dent de lion, or "lion's tooth", in reference to the plant's jagged-edged leaves. It's also the most common species of the genus, so it's called common dandelion.

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Common dandelion is thought to originate from Greece or even the Himalayas. The efficient spread via seeds and transportation, plus human uses and cultivation, means that it has become globally distributed – from the subtropics to the tundra. Common dandelion has a flowerhead with numerous small florets and each floret produces a seed. The seeds can fly or get carried far and wide because of their parachute-like fluff called pappus. Also, common dandelion quickly regenerates from any part of its long root left in the ground. Because it prefers compact and disturbed soils, common dandelion is most commonly a weed of cultivated fields and lawns.
How to Control it
Common dandelion is a rampant grower that’s difficult to eradicate. The best time to control it is in spring and autumn. Plants can be uprooted manually, making sure to remove the whole root. Pre-emergent weed killers can prevent seeds from sprouting, while selective broadleaf herbicides can control the spread without damaging the lawn. For large areas, tillage, rotary hoeing, and regular cultivation can be effective. Mowing can remove the flowers before they seed, but the plant will continue to spread vegetatively. If you opt for herbicide use, consult an agricultural expert to find the best active substance and application method for your geographic region. Spray on a windless day to avoid drift.
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