Depending on how old the tree is it is desirable after planting to prune to reduce the tree to two leaders at each branching. The tree should be manicured to allow for light, picking and air movement in the center as the tree matures. The tree can be thinned to a minimum of internal branches without effecting production. Height should be limited to picking height. After pruning new growth may also need to be trimmed. Lemon like all citrus trees require little pruning, usually consisting of the removal of dead or broken branches or the shaping of the tree to allow sunlight and good air circulation to the middle of the tree. Cutting back branches can result in extra growth of smaller branches which will only congest the tree and provide no benefit. Prune after its produced fruit or in middle of winter.
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