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Lynchburg, Virginia
snattsas
Sep 17, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Sometime back I took the advice of a contributor and cut my leggy clementine to get it to start branching. Being overly cautious I didn't cut it short enough. It is thriving and branching like crazy but the long spindly trunk is not going to be able to give sufficient support. I have used a tether to help the plant stand up but I'm concerned that it will become too dependent on the string and fail to develop it's trunk. I would hate to cut it again but any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 17, 2017 10:25 AM CST
Tether it very loosely - waving in the breeze is what strengthens tree trunks.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 17, 2017 11:19 AM CST
I'm wondering if there is another reason why your little Clementine is growing so leggy and skinny.

It is right up against a wall there, but does that wall face south? If not, your tree isn't getting sun all day, and it needs that. I'd suggest you think about moving it to a sunnier location, and also preferably not so close to the wall of the house. Even dwarf citrus get to be a fair size, and that little guy doesn't look like it has much room to grow. Let alone enough sunlight.
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DaisyI
Sep 17, 2017 6:41 PM CST
Good point! Thumbs up
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