The Q&A Archives: Pruning Citrus

Question: When and how should a dwarf Meyer Lemon tree be pruned?

Answer: Actually, citrus trees don't need to be pruned. Citrus growers leave their orchards alone for the most part, allowing branches to drape to the ground. Citrus bark is very sensitive to sun burn. The bark tissue cracks, creating easy entry for pests and diseases. The style of pruning up lower branches and making round lollipop shapes of the foliage is not recommended anymore. Should you need to remove limbs the preferred time is late winter/early spring, after the last frost. Another possibility is late summer/early fall, but don't prune too near winter. Pruning stimulates tender growth, which is susceptible to frost damage. Good luck!

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