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New Growth...Shoots or Suckers?

Posted by timrod98 8 (My Page) on
Mon, May 23, 11 at 23:07

Hey I have some new "shoots" popping out on both my Tango (Lowes last year) and my new Persian Lime (Lowes 4 wks ago).
Here is the Tango
Tango New Shoot 2
and the Persian Lime
Persian Lime shoot 2
So since I pruned the Tango a few wks ago of what I thought were "suckers" from root stock ... I thought I would ask before making the same mistake again. This new growth is close to the "graft line".
What do you think???

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RE: New Growth...Shoots or Suckers?

On the lime, cut em off. they may be scion growth but since it is so close the graft union I would take the chance of letting the rootstock rob energy from the top. Plus being that low it wouldnt look to good even if it was scion growth.

I think I remember your tango. on this one I would leave them for now and see what the leaves look like. If they are identical to the top I would let them go because if I remember correctly this one is a bit tall and leggy, isnt it?

RE: New Growth...Shoots or Suckers?

htp: They all look like they are either on or right above the graft line, thus water shoots. You probably don't want them either way. They'll end up creating multiple trunks for your tree and "sap" the majority of energy from your main trunk, thus severely slowing down all other growth for a long while. You already have one good low branch from that point anyway -- which I always put a "spacer" there to make the angle wider.

Unless you have a special plan, I'd strip them ALL off right when you see them. Let the tree spend the energy making a true branch framework up above.

If your tree has one long trunk without any other branches, prune it back at the spot you'd like more branches to grow. This is usually done at approx. 24" or so, but depends on the tree and your desired shape for it.

RE: whoops

mksmith: I wasn't trying to contradict your advice, I composed that reply at 2am and realized this am I never clicked Submit. I hate when I do that....

RE: New Growth...Shoots or Suckers?

Thank you for your advice and ideas. Always helpful.
the Tango is about 28" tall. The Lime is about 4ft tall.


RE: New Growth...Shoots or Suckers?

no worries cebury

youre right about removing them all and just "pugging"it. that would be best.


"pugging" aka trunk chop, is a technique that earned its name from a member here. you basically cut the main trunk back to a desired height and then let the tree re-sprout from there. it make very nice compact trees.

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