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Question: when is the best time to prune lemon?

hi I have a lemon that bears fruit February March is it normal? I would like to know in which month I should be able to thank you


Answer: pruning the lemon

Dear Roberto,

lemons generally produce fruit a few times a year, more or less depending on the climate in which they are grown; normally a healthy lemon blooms in winter and late spring, so as to have fruits to ripen in January-February, and in August-September. Your lemon therefore bears fruit in the right season of the year, probably in June and July the climate is excessively humid or hot to allow the plant to bloom even in late summer. Flowering generally occurs after a period (even short) of vegetative rest, so to stimulate it, in addition to providing the right crop care, such as fertilizing and watering, it is important to let the plant undergo a little of the summer drought, in order to begin to to flourish.

There pruning the lemon it is practiced in summer, in the period of pause between the two blooms, therefore when the plant is in a period of semi vegetative rest, in July; the lemon branches that will produce flowers and fruits are those produced the previous year, which therefore should not be touched during pruning; instead, the small branches, the dry parts or those developing towards the center of the crown, are removed, and the branches that have already fruited are shortened. If there are still fruits on the plant, we can safely detach them, since lemons ripen even when they have already been detached from the branch that carried them.

To rejuvenate the plant every three or four years, the larger and older branches are shortened, so as to encourage the development of new branch shoots, which will produce the branches that will bear fruit the following year.

To favor the development of flowers and fruits it is also important to water the plant in case of very long drought, and to provide the correct fertilizations; traditionally lemons are fertilized with a fertilizer consisting of broken lupins, this fertilizer releases mineral salts and amino acids into the soil, also useful for other plants, not only for citrus fruits; in addition to this, the ground lupins also bring a good dose of soil amending substance, that is, they help to improve the dough and keep it soft. In general, about a hecto of lupins are used broken up per square meter, to be lightly buried with the help of a hoe. The supply of lupins, once or twice a year, does not preclude further fertilization, using fertilizers to be dissolved in the irrigating water, or even slow release fertilizers, to be spread around the plant every 4-5 months.

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