How to Care for Citrus Trees When the Fruit Is Too Heavy


There's nothing better then having a citrus tree growing in your lawn or garden. Whether it is a lemon, orange or any other citrus tree, they all produce baskets of sun-ripened fruit for you to enjoy. Occasionally, when citrus trees are flourishing, they produce large amounts of fruit that cause stress and even breakage of tree branches. If some of the fruit is not removed, the tree can be damaged.

Step 1

Remove fruit from the citrus tree when you notice that the fruit is causing the branches of the tree to bend. Usually, the tree will begin to part down the middle, and all of the branches will begin bending toward the ground.

Step 2

Spread a tarp on the ground underneath the citrus tree you will be working on. The tarp will catch the fruit and clippings from the tree, and will make for easy cleanup later.

Step 3

Use pruning shears to clip away fruit from the lower branches first. Focus on branches that are overloaded with fruit. Each branch should have no more than five to seven pieces of fruit on it at one time, depending on the size of the fruit. Clip the fruit away by snipping the small stem that joins each piece to the branch.

Step 4

Use a stepladder and garden loppers to reach higher areas of the tree. Clip away branches that have a large amount of fruit growing on the branch ends. These are more likely to break first.

Step 5

Work your way around the tree, removing fruit as you go, until the branches of the tree are standing erect.

Step 6

Discard any branches and fruit you removed from the citrus tree.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use caution when climbing a ladder and using tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarp
  • Stepladder
  • Pruning shears
  • Garden loppers


  • Texas A&M System: Home Fruit Production-Citrus
Keywords: citrus tree care, pruning citrus trees, fruit tree care

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.