How to Groom Orange Trees


Orange trees are very easy to care for and groom. In most cases, young orange trees grow in a well-balanced form that requires little care, pruning, or grooming. As your orange tree grows, however, you may need to prune aggressive or unbalanced growth. Pruning your orange tree is very easy.

Step 1

Prune and groom your orange trees in the late winter before spring growth has started. Pruning then will direct more of the tree's energy toward fruit production over the season.

Step 2

Remove any deadwood by trimming it to within 1 inch of the nearest live wood.

Step 3

Trim branches that are getting unmanageably long. Cut them close to a bud or branch union. Prune smaller branches with a pair of sharp pruning shears.

Step 4

Remove larger problem branches by sawing through them from the bottom up. Stop when about 20 percent of the branch remains and finish the cut by sawing from the top down. If the branch is very large, remove the bulk of the branch about 1 foot from the trunk to remove the weight and prevent damage to the trunk. Once the main branch is removed, remove the foot-long stub. Leave about 1 inch to prevent damage to the trunk.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning saw


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Christopher Earle is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colo. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for National Public Radio, the Associated Press, the Boeing Company, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, Active Voice, RAHCO International and Umax Data Systems. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota.