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When to prune a Tahitian Lime tree in Melbourne

I have a few limes on the tree, it's nearly 3 meters tall, can I take some branches off where there are no limes? Is it likely I will get more limes on the tree? or should I wait to prune next year?

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Prune shortly after harvesting fruit - Tahitian Lime Trees fruit in early Autumn to Winter, so anytime after that is fine. If you want to, you can gradually prune the tree back over the next few months (autumn to winter), but it is not necessary. If there are no flowers yet, it's unlikely there will be more fruit to come. If the plant really needs a prune, it is best to do it now, to prepare for a better season next year. 


Prune off anything that is dead, diseased or damaged. Remove and crossing or rubbing branches. The general rule is to remove no more than a third of the total foliage to reduce plant stress, however, in circumstances where the plant needs rejuvenation, the plant can be pruned back to a few main branches. Ideally prune stems and branches so they are facing outwards from the main trunk.

After pruning, give the plant a feed with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.



Answered: 14 May, 2021

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