The Q&A Archives: Dwarf Lisbon Lemon Tree

Question: I live in Riverton Wyoming. I bought a dwarf lisbon lemon tree from sweet water gardens here in Riverton. I know we can't plant or grow lemons here, but she said I could keep it inside during the winter and put it outside during the summer. My question how do you cut back for better shape. Kim told me the tree needed to be cut back so it would grow a better shape. I don't know how to cut it back as I am scared I will cut to much. Do you have pictures on how far and where to cut.



Answer: Citrus trees can be pruned into a pleasing shape without harm; the general rule of thumb is to refrain from removing more than one-third of the live material in any one pruning session. I've seen trees trimmed into roundish shapes with electric hedge trimmers. Since the tree is new, start by shortening any overly long branches so that it has a symmetrical shape. As the tree grows you can continue to shorten the main branches which will force new growth towards the center of the tree. Hope this information helps!

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