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Orange trees are a perfect addition to your garden! They are beautiful and produce tasty fruit. Orange trees are best cultivated in warm climates but can also grow in cooler climates when put in big pots and placed in a greenhouse. If you want to have a healthy orange tree and quality fruit, though, it is essential to prune it right.
There are numerous benefits to this agricultural technique. It can control the tree’s growth and maintain its shape. Branch-wise, pruning can prevent crossing and crowding of main branches, branch rubbing, and fruit damage, as well as control water shoots. Trimming back the crown also improves air circulation and light access, and the reduced growth makes access and harvesting far easier.
There are several criteria to determine the trimming season, but we will look at the two most important factors in detail:
Having the right equipment for this procedure is essential for trimming any tree, especially orange. Listed below are some must-haves that will ease your job of pruning and maintaining your orange citrus:
Trimming equipment must be sterilised after every use to make sure no diseases are spread from one tree to another!
Normally, the mature orange tree needs to be pruned to be kept from overgrowing and to ease the harvesting process. Heavy trimming is not recommended unless the tree has been neglected and has become overgrown. If that’s the case, it is important to prune it properly.
The main goal is not to go overboard and make only thinning cuts. Remove dead, damaged or diseased branches that grow into the crown of the tree and rub against each other. This method will allow sunlight to easily go through, which in turn will stimulate the tree to produce new shoots. It is a great way to revitalise your orange tree, without heavy pruning and the risk of sunburn.
Nursery trees must be trimmed immediately after they’ve been planted, otherwise, the tree may not establish. For the initial pruning, you must cut about 10 cm of the tree’s branches in order to create a balance between the root system and crown development. This will help stabilise the plant by giving it a strong core and it will stimulate steady and healthy growth.
You’ll need to do additional pruning during the plant’s first year is to eliminate sprouts or suckers. It is best to do this by hand as there will be minimum scarring on the trunk. Also, if there are single-point branches that grow unevenly or rub against each other, cut them off and leave only the best-positioned ones. This way you’ll “train” your tree sapling and control its shape and size. Another thing to do in the first year of your young tree is to remove any fruit so all the energy can go into growing instead of fruiting.
Apart from their size, dwarf orange trees are not all that different. These miniature trees can bring a nice touch to your patio or your office. Like with regular orange trees, annual pruning is necessary to keep their shape, increase fruit quality, and maintain general health.
It’s recommended to prune dwarf orange trees after fruiting or during harvest to prevent accidentally cutting healthy, fruit-producing limbs. Follow this helpful guide and learn how to trim your plant properly:
When trimming a dwarf orange tree, it is vital not to damage the bark, as cuts and wounds increase the chance of disease spreading. To prevent that, make sure you cut the branches at their base, where they connect to a bigger branch or the trunk of the tree.
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