Citrus pruning advice

foofghtFebruary 26, 2013

While I hear citrus dont really need to be pruned, I'm curious about these particular branches that shot up last year. Not root stock suckers.

They grow out of primary branches and seem abnormally large relative to the branch it grew out of. Often vertical in nature. At first they were a smooth green (branch C), but appear to have developed some texture as of recently.

Branch A is one I left, stub B is one I cut off.

Do I keep these?

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Here is a wider shot of similar growth.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 2:08PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Citrus do that, send up odd shoots at strange angles. If it's from the scion and in a position you like then keep it. If you don't like it so much train it to another spot or cut it back. Mine look the same way.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:24PM
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I'll keep that in mind. These rapid shoots make my citrus tree look like it's having a bad hair day!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 5:49PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

From what I've read on citrus, mostly prune away lower branches that will hit the ground.

Those upright shoots will become less upright over time, especially when heavily laden with fruit, and will gradually droop outwards.

If the tree is getting too tall, go ahead and prune for size & ease of harvest, but I don't think there's anything wrong with those shoots.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 10:17PM
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Great, thanks all for the advice!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 11:51PM
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