Cara cara navel orange tree questions

wardog25October 4, 2013

I purchased a 1-year old cara cara navel earlier this year. I was a bit disappointed when I looked at it more closely after I got it home, that it was pruned around the top to make it look nice. Is that common? I thought pruning a citrus was considered a no-no.

Anyway, it has yet to grow anything from near the top, but has put out some new branches lower down. It isn't very large yet and the branches grow far out until they bend over, almost touching the ground at times.

Is this normal? Should I tie these new branches up at better angles until they harden?

I keep waiting for it to grow out of the top and grow taller, but so far it hasn't in the 6 months I've had it.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX


Citrus certainly have a mind of their own. They grow where they want not where you want. But it's certainly alright to train any branches where you like. I've done that and it works fine.

Like anything else water and nitrogen are the keys to more growth. My Cara Cara is growing too fast right now. It's going on a diet next year.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2013 at 9:54PM
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Thanks for the info.

Is it true that you should never cut off citrus branches?

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 9:27AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I just pruned out some overly vigorous growth on Washington navel and may do the same to Cara Cara. You can cut out some anytime you want.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 10:23AM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

az1455.pdf says: " ... citrus wood is naturally strong and is not as likely to break under the stress of a large fruit load. Furthermore, citrus trees can produce fruit in all but
the most shaded part of the tree, and need not be regularly pruned to allow more light into the interior of the canopy.
Even when the crop load is heavy, individual fruit size is
large, so pruning to reduce the crop load and improve fruit
size is not necessary except occasionally with tangerines. ... "Nevertheless, citrus trees should not be left completely
unpruned. Proper citrus care for the young tree should
include sprout removal, and cautious elimination of weak
limbs within the tree canopy.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 3:43PM
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With my orange and tangerine trees I trim them up whenever they start growing too wild. I have never seen where it hurts them at all. I have trimmed them at all different times of the year. I basically ignore mine and they grow wild. It seems the more you try to fuss over them the worse the do.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 11:28AM
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