Tips for pruning your lemon trees | Gardening Australia

Tips for pruning your lemon trees | Gardening Australia

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If your lemon tree is looking ungainly, it might be time to grab your pruning tools!

Where to start.

Always take out the dead, diseased or crossing branches. Worn away bark can be a good indication that branches are crossing and rubbing.

Pruning for harvesting.

Leggy shoots at the top will make fruit too hard to harvest, so remove any high branches that will bear fruit that will be difficult to pick.

Pruning to prevent disease.

Clear out the centre of the tree for air circulation, leading to less fungal diseases.

Janeโ€™s advice: Never be afraid of pruning. Pruning helps to keep trees in good condition, disease free and can help to make harvesting a lot easier.

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  1. TheYoghurt42 on August 17, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    My citrus trees have suffered terribly from lead miner damage. I’ve ended up cutting off almost all of the growth they made in the past year because it was so ugly

  2. Melanie Allen on August 17, 2021 at 10:01 pm


  3. Mary Playford - An Eclectic Gardener on August 17, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    You go, Jane, a nice and simple prune. Ta.

  4. Celestial Joy on August 17, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    I remember my mother-in-law, when asked…. ‘how do you get your garden to look so good?’ She answered in her heavy Euro accent, "I just chip, chip, chip" ( wielding a small hatchet and mimicking the actions) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Nothing was spared, from dahlias to fruit trees, but it made a world of difference. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

  5. martysgarden on August 17, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Nice quick tips there, getting those centre branches out makes a big difference. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. David Tse on August 17, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Is June or July a good time to prune in Melbourne?

  7. Das Krapital on August 17, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Im a pro citrus pruner. I would recommend taking whole branches altogether, rather than shortening branches as we saw hereโ€ฆ.there is a time and place for it but not in the cuts i saw here, also, familiarise yourself with where the graft is and be sure to never allow anything to grow beneath that point, especially on younger trees

  8. John James on August 17, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    See Jane prune. Jane prunes lemons sensibly. Be like Jane ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

  9. Planter Banter on August 17, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    A bit of pruning goes a long way!

  10. anand bagmar on August 17, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    My lemon plant gets eaten by tiny caterpillers๐Ÿ˜ญ

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