Ask a Question forum: Meyer Lemon Tree Pruning Question

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May 22, 2017 6:19 AM CST
I am an inexperienced gardener. Just recently bought a young Meyer Lemon plant from Home Depot. I posted about how to prune the plant in another gardening forum (reddit. I would link the reddit link to my original question but this forum prohibits new members from posting links, will post later when restriction is lifted). The person explains to me that these lemon trees are grafted and any branch that is growing below the graft line will not be a meyer lemon plant and should be cut off. I am not sure where the graft line is but the poster says it is that sharp cut near the bottom of the plant. Here are some pictures:

The entire branch that the person says I should remove is the dark green color branch to growing to the right. (The scratchy white old looking growth vs the smoother uniformly green colored branch to the right)
It's a bit disconcerting that I will have to remove that entire branch of growth b/c there is quite a substantial amount of leaves on it. I just need to double confirm whether this growth to the right is a non-meyer lemon plant and should be cut off.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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May 22, 2017 6:52 AM CST
I think he is right and that it's growing from below the graft line.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 22, 2017 8:04 AM CST
I agree cut it off. Branches below graph line are from wild root stalk. They will overtake entire tree. Allways keep a lookout for them and cut soon. They rob top of energy.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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