How to prune indoor citrus trees

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How to prune indoor citrus trees
Indoor citrus trees require less pruning than normal sized trees. (Lemon tree image by Timo de Looij from

Indoor citrus trees require less pruning than their full-sized counterparts. These indoor trees, also known as dwarf citrus trees, can also be pruned anytime during the year. The process of pruning is useful for maintaining a nice shape, but more importantly, pruning promotes the growth of strong branches that will be capable of bearing fruit. If performed correctly, pruning can even help to increase the yield of an indoor citrus tree.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pruning shears

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  1. 1

    Allow the tree to reach the maximum desired height. In most cases, this is around 3 to 4 feet tall.

  2. 2

    Cut any "suckers" away as flush with the trunk as possible using the pruning shears. "Suckers" are shoots that sprout from just below the soil line or off of the main trunk below the graft section. These rob nutrients from the main system and will reduce the fruit yield.

  3. 3

    Prune the top of the tree straight across. This will leave the tree with a flat, hedge-like appearance. Some gardeners prefer a different shape. The idea here is to stop the upward growth and any shape, rounded or squared, will suffice.

  4. 4

    Cut any stems off of the branches that are thinner than the diameter of a pencil. These will not be able to bear fruit and rob nutrients from the tree.

  5. 5

    Remove any dead or dying twigs and branches, as well as any small to medium stems that are growing across the branches in a crossing pattern. The idea is to open the inner area of the crown to air and sunlight.

Tips and warnings

  • Pruning throughout the year will keep the tree looking good and help keep it healthy. If pruning is only done once a year, wait until just after the tree has produced its fruit and prune after the fruit has been picked.

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