Planting citrus varieties for fresh market production has increased in popularity. With these potentially high-value crops come concerns about management practices, including pruning.
Recently, Fernando Alferez informed growers in a virtual presentation about manual pruning principles. Alferez is a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences citrus horticulturist at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center.
According to Alferez, pruning is important to prevent trees from investing energy in misdirected growth. Managing the tree canopy is crucial to producing higher quality fruit and yields.
Although a balance of branches in the tree is desirable, emphasis …..
Read more about Pruning Principles for High-Quality Citrus on the Citrus Industry website.