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Q.I Have Multiple Shoots Should I Trim?

Zone San Antonio, TX | Anonymous added on July 9, 2022 | Answered

Hi, I live in San Antonio (TX) and several months ago we had an AWESOME snow storm (prob saw on news) that killed my lemon bush (lol, it never got tall). Anyhow, the weather killed the top part and I thought the roots as well (I checked a few of them and they were dead) so we pulled it up to be able to plant a new one. A little over a month ago I noticed 2 new sprouts breaking through! Evidently there WERE some roots that survived! So, I fertilized and mulched around them to help them grow. Now they are prob 4 feet tall! So happy! 3 or 4 days ago I was watering them and I found MORE coming up. One cluster with 10 sprouts and 3 others. So VERY happy, I started wondering if I should cut one of the big 2 and also most of the cluster? What do you think?

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on July 15, 2022

Was this a lemon tree you purchased from a nursery or garden center? If so, it was probably grafted and what you are seeing are suckers sprouting from the rootstalk. If that is the case, you won't want to keep any of them. If they do fruit, it will likely be inferior to what you had purchased.

If it wasn't a grafted tree, go ahead and keep the tallest sprouts and remove the others.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/can-grafted-trees-revert-to-their-root-stock.htm

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