Shoots at base of lemon tree - Knowledgebase Question

Elk Grove, CA (Zone 8A)
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Question by jenniferum
September 6, 2005
I have a Meyer lemon tree about 6 mos old. There are little shoots coming out near the base of the tree. Should I trim them off?

Answer from NGA
September 6, 2005
The shoots coming from the base (and sometimes the roots) of trees are called suckers. They are non-productive and use energy your tree might otherwise be using to develop foliage and fruit. Cut these suckers off as soon as you find them.

Best wishes with your lemon tree!

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