Control of lemon trunk sprouts
AuthorsS. B. Boswell
R. M. Burns
C. D. McCarty
Authors AffiliationsS. B. Boswell is Specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside; R. M. Burns is Farm Advisor, Ventura County; C. D, McCarty is Horticulture Technologist, University of California, Riverside; Isao Iwagaki was on leave from the research staff of the Shikoku Agricultural Experiment Station, Zentsuji, Japan.
Hilgardia 29(2):4-5. DOI:10.3733/ca.v029n02p4. February 1975.
Mechanical pruning of lemon trees leaves stubs around which buds sprout, producing vegetative growth which is usually unwanted. Hand pruning, which selectively removes unwanted limbs, does not cause as many buds to sprout, since pruning cuts are usually made at laterals. However, pruning of any kind causes a vegetative growth flush, and an immediate reduction in yield. On mature trees it would be of economic benefit on some occasions to stop, or at least reduce, this growth flush. Removal of trunk sprouts is important especially during the formative years, or if high scaffold limbs are desired.
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