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Citrus - Shaping

Prepared by Louise Ferguson, Mark Bell, UC Davis International Programs Office (2007) "About shaping Shaping citrus can involve pruning, thinning or training. Training, pruning, and thinning Pruning and training: Pruning is generally not required to keep citrus productive or attractive. However, you should remove deadwood, very weak shoots or suckers and prune any crossing branches to keep the center of the tree open. You should train trees to have a large fruiting area by allowing the foliage canopy to extend almost to the soil line. Young citrus do not require extensive pruning. If there are too many vigorous young shoots, then prune these shoots to give a more balanced tree. Prune all suckers that grow from below the graft or bud union. "

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