How often should you prune your citrus tree? | Citrus | Gardening Australia

How often should you prune your citrus tree? | Citrus | Gardening Australia

Tino looks at pruning citrus trees – how often and when.


In winter, Tino will trim off low growth from around the trunk of the tree – thin suckers and wispy stems. – to create a good airflow.

In summer he prunes out the centre of the tree and prunes to shape.
Six months ago he took out the tops of the main branches of a citrus in the patch and the regrowth is now thick and healthy.

Now it’s autumn he will thin that back to keep a good airflow. He removes a lot of the whippy new growth and leaves the thicker bits and branches that provide the best shape.

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  1. LouLou5111 on November 19, 2021 at 11:51 am

    What does whippy growth mean?

  2. Mary Playford - An Eclectic Gardener on November 19, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for the tip. I was just looking at my orange tree earlier while watering the garden. I missed my usual summer pruning this time but there’s a bit that was sticking out and needs reshaping before the cold weather arrives. I will do it in the morning….ta! 🙂

  3. Got a Green Gardening on November 19, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for the video guys. I am in Melbourne and am building a backyard food forest!

  4. catey62 on November 19, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for this, I have some citrus growing in pots and was wondering the best way to prune them.

  5. Celestial Joy on November 19, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you. Short & simple info.

  6. Kandee Dawood on November 19, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Hi is it okay to prune my citrus trees in winter but i live in a subtropical region. The winters are very mild

  7. Manuel on November 19, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Cheers Roberto! Lol

  8. mmalacria on November 19, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you. Do you have a video of how and when to graft another variety to an existing tree please

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