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Tropical Fruits: Hubby's hobby, my responsibility?

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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

November 17, 2009
10:57 PM

Post #7283923

Hello all!

Hubby's hobby took a turn for the obsessive. We now
have a greenhouse full of out-of-control citrus. They
are not gigantic, but very productive. I tried not to
nose into hubby's project, so I did nothing in terms
of pruning, potting, etc.

Now that winter approaches and they are all in the
greenhouse, it is obvious they are just mangled plants
with many branches going in every direction. He meant
well.

Could anyone steer me in the direction of assistance?
I hate to just start whacking off branches, and am in
need of direction. They are healthy and blooming and
all is well otherwise, but out of control.

Many thanks!
Karen Marie

Image is of Owari Satsuma grown in our greenhouse

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jujubetexas
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 18, 2009
12:22 AM

Post #7284206

Citrus tend to be bushy. If they are going in that direction, it is normal. If you you want them to look like single trunk trees, start pruning off lower branches. You can take a few branches off and then wait a few months and do more.

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 25, 2009
3:21 AM

Post #7307641

I agree with Jujube.
You can also prune back the branches and thin out, just like you would another evergreen.
Just make sure not to rmove more than 1/3 in one season.

They make wonderful small trees that still produce that way.

Bless your heart for tending to your hubbies trees!

Christie
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

November 27, 2009
8:14 PM

Post #7314287

The poor things had never been pruned at all. Misshapen branches,
large fruit on tiny limbs breaking, etc.

They are really looking good, and hubby is happy with the pruning thus far.
I'm not pruning anything that is flowering or with good growth.

Thanks, all! Grapefruit should be ready to eat soon.

:-)

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