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thedudeman
Feb 28, 2017 2:01 PM CST
Hi
Got a question what branches do i remove from my 2 year old dwarf citrus tree?
In the picture you will see number 1 and number 2 witch branch would i remove
If you need more pictures let me no.
Thanks
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plantcollector
Feb 28, 2017 6:14 PM CST
It is really hard to tell. But to me it looks like you want to keep # 1. Cut #2 and the one that's not numbered. It looks like #1has a graft right below your arrow but I'm just using my phone so maybe I'm not seeing it right.

Maybe#1 has been cut once already and has regrew... Sorry not much help
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 28, 2017 6:37 PM CST
I can't see a graft even zoomed in. You want to cut the trunks that are not grafted onto the rootstock. Unfortunately, the grafted trunk is usually the least healthy trunk.

The one Heath is looking at seems to have a branch off the backside that was cut off so making it look as though that might be the graft. A couple more photos of the bottom of the tree from a couple different angles with better light would help.
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porkpal
Feb 28, 2017 7:07 PM CST
I would examine the leaves of the various branches to see whether they are all identical. If there is an odd one, it could be the rootstock.
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DaisyI
Feb 28, 2017 8:06 PM CST
I was looking for odd leaves and thorns but if the dwarf rootstock is C35 Citrus or simular, there won't be a difference.

thedudeman, What kind of dwarf citrus is this?
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RickM
Feb 28, 2017 8:27 PM CST

Welcome Dudeman !

If this is a grafted tree, it looks like it is planted too deep. The graft union should be above ground level by 2-3 inches. If the tree is planted too deeply and the graft union is below the soil surface, the scion above the union may sprout and grow roots. This can negate any effects of the grafted rootstock.

Grafting aside, #1 looks to be in the worst shape of the three. It looks like it lost its' original top and has 3 weak laterals coming off of it. None of them really look healthy except at the ends. This could end up causing it too split as those laterals get heavier.

I'd be inclined to cut out both 1 and 2. The unlabelled one looks to be the oldest and healthiest.

Regardless of which you choose, you probably also want to start shaping the tree by eliminating crossing branches and removing any that are growing in the 'wrong' direction, such as downward-facing.

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thedudeman
Mar 1, 2017 10:12 AM CST
Thanks for all the replies its a orange or tangerine tree can't remember. I have owned it for 2 years produced fruit last season never cut any branches yet just trimmed the lower leaves when i took the picture to get a better view.
(There are thorns)
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2017 10:39 AM CST
Great photos! Thank You!

It does look like the grafted trunk is the middle trunk (#1). Do you remember which one had fruit? At this point, it looks like #2 and #3 have to go.
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thedudeman
Mar 1, 2017 11:31 AM CST
To DaisyI
3 and 2 had fruit
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porkpal
Mar 1, 2017 11:35 AM CST
Well, I would say that means #1 ought to go.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2017 4:09 PM CST
What was the fruit like? Was it what you expected? Don't do any cutting yet. I am thinking that the rootstock is fruiting and the grafted branch (I think #1) is not old enough.
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thedudeman
Mar 1, 2017 4:40 PM CST
Fruit was really good and really juicy
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porkpal
Mar 1, 2017 4:41 PM CST
In that case, who cares whether it is root stock or graft?
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thedudeman
Mar 1, 2017 6:54 PM CST
thanks
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2017 9:06 PM CST
I agree. If you liked the fruit, who cares which it is (rootstock or graft)? You now have my permission to cut away. Smiling
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thedudeman
Mar 2, 2017 3:34 PM CST
thanks for the help

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