Prune cit­rus trees now

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies WILL WATER­FORD

OVER the next few months, you should be think­ing about prun­ing your cit­rus trees, and the reason we do this is not only to keep the tree the size and shape that you want, but also to in­crease fruit yield and to re­move any branches that are un­healthy, dis­eased or dead.

We also re­move branches to in­crease light and air­flow through the tree.

You don’t have to get the tree ex­actly how you want it straight away, and the prun­ing you do on a young tree, as it is grow­ing, is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent to an es­tab­lished 20-year-old tree.

A young tree you just want to get the ba­sic shape, and an old tree you may be tak­ing out dead wood and trim­ming so you can still reach the top.

You can also give cit­rus a light prune all year round, for ex­am­ple you don’t want a rot­ten, dis­eased branch sit­ting on your tree and you have you wait for the right time of year to prune it.

Wa­ter shoots are also some­thing that you want to be prun­ing off all year round.

Wa­ter shoots are branches that come from the bot­tom of the tree and are the tree re­vert­ing back to its root stock.

Prune these off right back to the base as you see them.

They have very large spikes on them and the fruit they have is gen­er­ally not worth eat­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TIME TO PRUNE: Wa­ter shoots gen­er­ally have very large spikes.

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