ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Orange Tree Pruning

Updated on March 13, 2011

3 Reasons to Pruning an Orange Tree

Orange tree pruning does not have to go against its natural growth tendencies, but to harness its full natural potential, correcting its growth, guiding it to your specified necessities. Orange tree pruning falls basically in to three categories to your liking; orange tree pruning can be done for transplantation, formation and fructification.

1. Orange Tree Pruning for Transplantation

Orange tree pruning for transplantation consists in removing a tree from one place to another of your liking. During this process it is necessary to be extremely careful in digging out the roots, no matter how careful you are, you will always break some roots, so make sure you administer clean cuts to promote rapid new root growth and to avoid bacterial development.

Another factor you have to consider in orange tree pruning for transplantation is since you will be reducing the amount of roots for absorption, to establish a balance between absorption and leaf evaporation itself, you will have to remove at least half or all of the leaves.

Orange Tree Pruning

Again, be sure you leave clean cuts with a disinfected pruning scissors and/or saw.

After the orange tree pruning for transplantation, if you live in a very sunny and hot climate and since you have removed half or all of the leaves, to protect the thin bark from the sun you should either paint the trunk with a white water based paint or get some rags, tear them in to long 15cm wide strips and wrap them around the trunk.

The bark of an orange tree is very sensitive and if too much is exposed to the sun, the bark may crack, thus reducing sap circulation!

Orange Tree Pruning Video

2. Orange Tree Pruning for Tree Formation

Orange tree pruning for tree formation basically consists in cutting excess wood to form your desired shape. This of course depends if the tree is for ornamental purposes or fruit production.

When the tree is about three years old you select three vigorous branches 70cm to 90cm from the ground that are evenly spaced between them when you look at the tree from the above. Cut off the other branches.

Provoking this formation will guarantee in the future that these three branches will grow strong as a necessary support when laden with fruit.

The more branches you leave not only will you have smaller fruit but as well thinner and weaker branches that can break and ruin your tree and fruit.

Do not over cut branches because you will want the tree to have its own shade to protect its branches and trunk from the sun. Every year after, remove any longer chutes and unproductive wood.

3. Orange Tree Pruning for Fructification

Orange tree pruning for fructification in general is to provoke high productivity. When a orange tree is in its highest production age you basically remove any branches that look weak, that are deformed, branches that have too many chutes grown in the same place, the ones that are badly positioned and branches that are overlapping or touching another branch.

Orange tree pruning for fruit production reaches its best balance when the tree is tall enough only that a person can pick the highest oranges from a tree without the use of a ladder, this to reduce labor costs and when the base of the leaves are cut about 50cm from the ground.

Don’t forget that the bottom branches when laden with fruit will slowly bend towards the ground.

You don’t want oranges resting on the dirt and have the wind shake, scratch and ruin the skin.

Pruned and protected with tar base paint
Pruned and protected with tar base paint
Pruned tree ready for transplantation
Pruned tree ready for transplantation
Too tall this orange tree
Too tall this orange tree
Pruned orange tree
Pruned orange tree
Good pruning Good harvest
Good pruning Good harvest

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)