Orange tree - Knowledgebase Question

Clermont, Fl
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Question by mkmalys
September 29, 2010
Our orange tree branches are reaching the ground. Is the best time to remove those branches the 1 st part of Jan. after the fruit is picked? And will the tree grow taller if we do this. We use one fertlizer stick spring and fall - is that sufficient? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
September 29, 2010
After harvesting your oranges is the best time to remove the low branches. Pruning them won't necessarily make the tree taller but pruning does encourage new growth so you'll want to watch carefully and prune away any new growth that is out of place. Citrus trees can sometimes develop new growth on a single branch instead of all over the tree. I think your fertilizer program is fine. As long as your tree flowers and produces fruit it sounds like it is happy and healty. Enjoy!

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