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How to Prune a Citrus Tree

By Richard Skinner ; Updated September 21, 2017

Dead wood needs to be pruned from a citrus tree so that the growth goes upwards and toward the sun. Find out how a citrus tree can be pruned 12 months out of the year with help from the owner of a plant nursery in this free video on citrus fruits and gardening.


Ok now then you are interested in keeping your citrus tree looking pretty. How to prune it. Well I'm Richard Skinner and you are at Hawkins Corner Nursery in Plant City, Florida and there are a lot of varieties of citrus. I'm standing in front of a very unique one that's become quite popular in the United States now called a Pomallo, or Pomelo. Depending on how you pronounce the word. But of course like any citrus tree it needs some help. One of the things you want to do is take out the dead wood. As the old timers say. Why? Well there's several different reasons but just trust me you are better off to get the dead wood out. Now if you got a limb on a citrus tree that's doing something that you don't like, there's no problem with pruning it. If this limb for instance, is hanging way down we would want to prune it to make the growth to go up to the sun. The Pomelo is a very, very, large piece of fruit so consequently it makes a large tree. Small fruit like calamondins and kumquats are smaller trees. Tangerine varieties for instance get a lots of die backs quite often so you have to clip it. But pruning a citrus tree is very important and you can do it twelve months out of the year. But the preferable time is in the spring or the fall. You don't want to do it in the dead of winter, when you might have a real cold come on it and you don't want to do it necessarily in the heavy summer just cause it's hot and you simulate the tree wrongly. So if you do it in the spring or in the fall it's best. I'm Richard Skinner this is how to prune a citrus tree. Thank you.


About the Author


Richard Skinner has been the owner and operator of Hawkins Corner Nursery in Plant City, Fla for the past three-plus decades. Skinner has a true love and passion for agriculture and horticulture. He has extensive knowledge regarding ornamental and fruit bearing trees, and he also owns and maintains a citrus grove, which has been in his family for more than 100 years.