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Lemon tree pruning

S110S110 Posts: 11
Our healthy lemon tree is starting to look a bit wonky but I’m nervous about pruning it as it seems to really want to grow that way. It’s 1 year old and about 1m high so Ive never pruned it before. What do you think?


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    It makes sense to prune them back. It is also good to keep them stable in your pot. Just prune them to how you want them to grow. Start by shortening some of those longer branches back by 1/3. This will encourage more branching, and that means more chances of flowers and fruits.
  • S110S110 Posts: 11
    Thank you Borderline. My mum’s telling me to just turn it round so it grows more in the direction of the sun so could it be this simple?
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    I understand that way of thinking but it doesn't work so well with slower growing plants like Lemon trees.

    As I mentioned earlier, it is totally up to you with how you want to shape a tree. But generally, not cutting back long branches will only mean fewer branching and more weaker branches in the long-run. 

  • S110S110 Posts: 11
    Thanks Borderline! I’ve taken 1/3rd off it. Feels a bit painful but looks a better shape.
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