Prune
By: Joel Mcdonald

If you’ve been playing the gorgeous Prune by Joel McDonald, you may have noticed that the game doesn’t really give you many instructions. This walkthrough guide is meant to help those who need help understanding some key mechanics of the game. I also included video walkthroughs for each chapter. Additionally, I added some of the hidden secrets at the bottom of the page. Feel free to ask for any extra help in the comments section. This will spoil some parts of the game if you haven’t played yet.

You can read my Prune review here.

Starting Guide:

Follow the tutorial in level 1, which shows you how to sprout your tree by swiping your finger up from the soil. You can control the direction a bit by how you swipe.

Once the tree start growing, you can swipe at some of its branches to prune them. Doing so will make other branches grow longer. But take some care with your cutting, because if you’re too hasty, you may prevent it from growing.

The goal is to get the branches to reach sunlight so the flowers can bloom. You need to make enough flowers blossom to match the stars in the sky. If you can’t get it the first time, just sprout a new tree and start again.

When you’ve “beaten” a level, the game will allow you to continue to the next. But you also have the option to continue pruning your tree to make it taller. If you reach a certain height, you might even get a little bonus. If you’re trying to reach new heights, it helps to zoom in on parts of the tree for more accuracy.

Chapter 1:

The second level introduces black orbs which damage the tree if it touches. You want to prune the tree to direct it around these orbs.

Chapter 1 also introduces orbs of blue light which help the tree grow faster, as well as forming light blue flowers. These are useful especially in dark, cavernous areas.

You can see my chapter 1 walkthrough video here, for levels 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 1-7, 1-8, 1-9, 1-10, 1-11 and 1-12:

Chapter 2:

Chapter 2 introduces red orbs. These are much more dangerous than black orbs. They infect any branches that touch them. If you prune those branches before they spread to the rest of the tree, you can save it. But once the red infection spreads, the tree is dead and you’ll have to start over.

You can see my chapter 2 walkthrough video here, for levels 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6, 2-7, 2-8, 2-9, 2-10, 2-11 and 2-12:

Chapter 3:

Chapter 3 introduces little movable , almost magnetic, orbs that attract the tree to them. You can help direct the tree to go where you want it by using this orb. I did so to get this great effect.

You can see my chapter 3 walkthrough video here, for levels 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, 3-7, 3-8, 3-9 and 3-10:

Chapter 4:

Chapter 4 adds dripping red liquid that infects the trees the same way as the red orbs. It also introduces moving walls that are opened by touching a thin web with a tree branch.
Also new to this level is pollination, which involves growing a tree to another spot of soil, where it can drop seeds so you can grow another tree from that spot. The puzzles start to get more complex here.

You can see my chapter 4 walkthrough video here, for levels 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 4-7 and 4-8:

Chapter 5:

Chapter 5 introduces circular saws, which chop your trees if touched!

You can see my chapter 4 walkthrough video here, for levels 5-1, 4-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5 and 5-6:

Secrets:

**Note: The latest update added blue flowers near the shooting stars and after you complete the game, all the levels with blue stars are pointed out. But if you still need help with them, see below.**

There are some secrets to discover, as well. For some levels, if you manage to make your tree tall enough to reach the dark blue flower, it will bloom blue flowers and you’ll get a few blue stars added to the sky in that level. The level icon will also show a blue star. Some levels don’t show a blue flower, but you can get them anyway. The trick is too look for the shooting stars. It’s a nice little bonus to go back for after completing the game. I even found a little white sapling when I went back to one of my blue levels. Not every level can turn blue, though. You can track your progress based on the stars in the sky in the level select screens.

So far, I know that levels 1-3, 1-5, 1-6, , 1-9, 1-11, 2-2, 2-6, 2-7, 2-11, 2-12, 3-1, 3-5, 3-6, 3-7, 3-9, 4-1, 4-4, 4-7, 5-1, 5-2 and 5-4 have blue stars.

You can see my video of getting the flower in 3-7 here:

I reached the blue flower in 4-1, but it didn’t give me a blue star.

You actually have to reach the shooting stars to get the blue flowers/stars! You can see me doing so in 4-1 here:

You might also like Her Story and Monument Valley.

See my list of recommended games for other games you might like.

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Gardening How-to Articles

Bluestar: A Native Perennial with Spring Flowers and Fall Color

By Cayleb Long | July 1, 2011

Amsonia is a small genus with a few species offering outstanding ornamental value. One of the loveliest is Amsonia tabernaemontana, also known as eastern bluestar, or just bluestar. A native perennial with dense clusters of pale blue spring flowers and golden fall foliage, it deserves to be included in more northeastern gardens.

Amsonia tabernaemontana (eastern bluestar)

Eastern bluestar is a robust herbaceous native perennial native to the Midwest. Multiple single stems emerging from a basal crown often branch near the top to form a dense, shrubby plant that grows to 3½ feet tall and 2 feet wide. Lance-shaped leaves of a rich medium green are whorled up long stems that terminate in compact panicles of striking ¾-inch, bright blue star-shaped flowers that offer up a showy display from late spring through early summer. Narrow beanlike pods will often form after flowering and can offer additional late-season interest. Autumn’s cool weather brings a sunny yellow foliage display from eastern bluestar; the rich brown color of the primary veins contrasts nicely with the golden willowlike leaves.

How to Grow and Maintain Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana is hardy in Zones 3 to 9 and is tolerant of a variety of conditions. Though most at home in partial shade and rich organic soil with good moisture retention, it is also tolerant of drought once established and will thrive in full sun and lean soils. In the cultivated garden, eastern bluestar will benefit from a light spring mulch of well-composted manure or other organic matter. Be careful — the new shoots can be a little late to emerge, and the tender tips nestled in the crown are easily damaged by foot traffic and disturbance.

The plant can be cut back in the summer by a third or half to control shape. In shady conditions, eastern bluestar tends to flop, so pruning may be necessary to avoid staking. New shoots will emerge along the stems just below the cuts and will fill out in short order to create a dense, tidy mound. At the end of the season, the erect stems can be cut close to the ground or left standing for winter interest and to provide the crown with protection from extreme winter weather.

Eastern bluestar can provide excellent habitat for beneficial fauna. The flowers provide an important nectar source and the foliage is a larval food for various butterflies. Hummingbirds, carpenter bees, hummingbird moths, and several other pollinators are also drawn to the plant. The foliage contains a milky sap, characteristic of many plants in the Apocynaceae, which tends to deter predation by deer and other mammalian herbivores.

Other Cultivars and Species

Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ is a handsome cultivar, reportedly discovered growing among seedlings of A. tabernaemontana at White Flower Farm, in Connecticut. ‘Blue Ice’ attains only 15 to 18 inches height and doesn’t require cutting back or staking. The flowers are the same size as those of A. tabernaemontana but are a slightly darker blue.

Amsonia hubrichtii (thread-leaf bluestar) is another notable species, suitable for gardens in Zones 5 to 8. Similar in size and shape to A. tabernaemontana but with feathery, needlelike foliage and blossoms of a more steely blue, this native wildflower of the south-central United States offers an excellent floral display and even more beautiful fall color.

Cayleb Long is the former curator of the Annual and Perennial Borders, Lily Pools, and Magnolia Plaza at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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