Lemon Tree Pruning Guide
Lemons are citrus fruits that are popular worldwide for their zesty flavors that flavor many food recipes as well as beverages, lemons are one of my favorite fruit. There are said to be more than 25 species of these plants that are cultivated on farmlands and even in home gardens. My wife and I are growing a lemon tree in our backyard that is growing pretty nicely, it’s still too young however to produce fruits but we are waiting. Keeping your lemon tree healthy while producing an abundance of fruits requires not only the right planting location, water, and fertilizing methods but also giving your lemon tree good pruning which should be carried out in later winter or early spring before bud break.
It’s suggested however that in frost-free regions pruning procedures can be carried out at any time of the year including winter, below we will be discussing how to properly prune your lemon tree to encourage a healthy plant that will produce a healthy harvest.
When is the Best Time to Prune a Lemon Tree?
Receiving a good harvest of lemons requires pruning at the right time, prune your lemon tree after your tree produces the fall harvest. This move will encourage the rejuvenation of your lemon tree ( a rest period) so that when the next season comes your lemon tree will be able to produce another healthy harvest. In warmer climates, however, you have a bit more time to carry out pruning procedures February through April is the ideal time however
How to Prune a Lemon Tree?
When carrying out your pruning procedures avoid cutting the branch flush with the trunk or large branch, what you want to ensure is that you preserve the branch collar. Once you start pruning begin with an angled cut 10-12 inches, out from the branch union. Next cut a third of the way through the branch from the other side, an undercut. Now move a few inches up the branch about 8 cm. up the branches length of the branch and cut from above removing the branch. Ensure when carrying out pruning procedures to look for and remove diseased and dead wood along with wood that’s overgrown or growing out of control.
The Benefits of Pruning a Lemon Tree
- Removing old wood that can encourage insect pests
- Removing disease wood that can spread to healthy growth
- Greater (more lemons) yield
- To increase fruit size
- To remove water shoots that will prevent them from becoming dominant
- Proper air circulation
- To allow light to get into and down to the lower branches
- To keep the tree at a size that’s easy to manage
- To prevent fruit damage due to limb rubbing
- To discourage branch crowing and crossing
- To encourage healthy growth
1. Avoid carrying out pruning procedures when it’s too hot.
2. When working outdoors wear a nice hat to cover your head, a long sleeve shirt should also be worn to protect your arms and skin from the heat and from being injured by the thorns as you prune.
3. Wearing a pair of strong gloves will also protect your hands from thorns on the lemon tree.
4. Ensure that your pruning shears and pruning saw is sharp and clean for those nice clean cuts, a dull blade will not only make it harder to prune your lemon tree but a dull blade will ripe the branch or the limb which can encourage insect pests.
The final word on how to prune a Lemon tree
Keep your lemon tree healthy by following this guide, the benefits of lemon tree pruning have advantages as was discussed if your desire is for your lemon tree to produce a good harvest then you have come to the right place. These steps that are so simple will yield great results, or you may have never given pruning your lemon tree a thought I hope after reading this guide you now see the importance or the benefits of pruning a lemon tree. Give it a try and see for yourself, you will be so happy with the results.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.