On 1 Mar 2004 19:41:01 -0800, email@example.com (sactown)
Any time, except that if you prune it very much it can't handle as
much water and may get root rot.
In So Cal they don't prune the lemons until after freezing season is
over, the tall branches give some frost protection.
Prune in the spring and early summer, when frost is not expected.
Pruning encourages new growth, which is easily damaged by frost.
Also, prune only as needed. Citrus does not need pruning to
produce fruit. Thus, the purpose should be to remove deadwood,
branches that rub each other, etc. In a home garden, you may also
prune to enhance the aesthetics of the tree. Finally, for dwarf
citrus in containers, prune to keep the foliage from exceeding the
ability of restricted roots to supply water.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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