Prune citrus trees now
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.
TIME TO PRUNE: Water shoots generally have very large spikes.