How to Prune Lemon Trees

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Begin pruning lemon trees from a young plant, thinning out the top and middle branches, which will encourage more fruit production over the years. Trim back lemon trees once a year for more lemons each summer with instructions from a sustainable gardener... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about how to prune lemon trees. Lemon trees are such a wonderful delight. If you live in a warm climate you can grow them outside. If you live in a cold climate you can grow them in a greenhouse or just bring them into the garage and back out every Summer and in the garage every Winter but they're really an easy plant to grow. It is really important that you prune your lemon trees especially when it's a young plant because that way it will produce a lot more fruit than if you just left it growing wild and here are some rules. So when you're pruning any kind of fruit tree the goal is to cut out a lot of the random branches towards the top of the tree because those are usually the more fruity branches that is going to produce the more fruit and you want to thin it out about one third the size each year and that way it won't just get tall and lanky and it will fill up and you'll get a lot more fruit quicker and so just by cutting out the lighter colored branches you can get a lot more fruit and you just trim them out and even it out. So there is more sun that gets into the middle branches and the tree will do much better. If you have a fruit tree that has been established and it is really tall and not producing fruit and you have not pruned it very much then you can actually cut out some of the top branches and what you are making is called a vase cut. By doing that you are forcing most of the growth back down to the bottom part of the tree and you'll get a lot more fruit for the next year. So when you're pruning any type of a tree you want to be really careful to cut it at the right angle. For example if it is a large branch you want to cut first at one side and then the other side and then you are cutting that whole heavy branch off. Because if you just cut from one angle it might actually hurt some of the bark in getting into the main trunk and you never want to hurt the main trunk because you will lose a tree if it gets too damaged and you don't want to cut it too far out either where the CD cut is because what happens is then it gets too much moisture and it will rot and there is too much dead material. You want to cut it right at a little bit of an angle leaving one to two inches right at where the tree is reading with the main trunk. Same thing, you never want to cut right up to the trunk line and make a solid cut because what happens is the tree gets very damaged and sometimes it will eventually kill the tree because it doesn't have bark to protect the main trunk and that is what is needed. By following these simple rules of pruning you will find that you will get lots more lemons the next year and it is really easy to do, doesn't take a lot of time and whenever they are not producing lemons when they are dormant in the Winter is the best time to prune and you will find that next year you'll have so many wonderful lemons on your tree.