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Prune the lemon

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Pruning the lemon

The pruning of citrus fruits, and in particular that of the lemon tree, does not present excessive difficulties of realization. This is because very often young plants, as well as those that have years of fruiting behind them, are allowed to grow naturally, making the branches develop with the natural growth of the plant, taking care only, in late winter-early spring, to eliminate suckers and suckers. For several years now it has been recommended to prune the plant moderately because recent studies have argued that excessive pruning causes premature aging of the plant and consequently reduces its resistance to diseases. The lemon plant, as a living being, has its own natural rhythm of development and whenever you decide to carry out a pruning intervention on it, it is essential to limit yourself to the truly indispensable interventions, to those, that is, which allow the plant to develop in a harmonious way and to produce fruits in branches heated and illuminated by the sun. Thanks to a good and careful pruning, the plant will grow stronger and more harmonious and will yield more fruit, producing larger fruits. All this will be possible because through the elimination of suckers and suckers the lifeblood will reach a smaller number of branches which in turn will produce a greater quantity of fruits qualitatively superior to the previous fruitings. In addition to an excellent yield and a better aesthetic appearance, the lemon plant through pruning can also be treated and preserved from disease. In fact, when the plant is large, the only way to eradicate diseases is given by pruning. It should be remembered that if you do not intervene through the appropriate pruning technique, the affection can spread through the lymph circulation pathways, thus killing the branches to growth and, since usually the lemon does not always fruit in the same branch but on new ones branches, if it is not possible to eliminate the affection through pruning and using the mastic to heal the wounds, this will indicate a lack of production of the plant and its proximate aging which could lead to the death of the tree itself.


Prune the lemon

There pruning the lemon mainly consists in the thinning of the branches and it is proposed to give the plant, as a final result, a very enlarged physical structure, with branches that are perfectly spaced from each other, so that the sun can enter to illuminate each single part and so that, at each fruiting, the lemon harvest is facilitated. Pruning therefore avoids a disproportionate growth of branches which, if not promptly intervened, would suffocate among them, taking away from each other nourishment and sunlight. The lemon trees must therefore be left to develop in the shape of a globe, avoiding to force the plant to other unnatural forms. In fact, too radical a pruning would make the plant suffer and compromise its future fruiting. Generally, lemon trees produce fruit twice a year, usually in the months of January and February and over the period from August to September. Sometimes, however, it happens that the production months are different because they can be influenced by the climate in which the plant is found.

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