Lemon Trees

Lemon Tree Suckers

shaylaevans9 added on March 29, 2017 | Answered

I am very new to gardening and have a lemon tree (not sure what kind) that is very special to me as it was a gift from someone that planted it as a seed. I recently repotted it because I saw that it was growing so tall. While I was looking online for more tips on caring for it I came across your website and learnt about sucker branches. I'm worried that the large branch on my lemon plant may in fact be a lemon plant. I have attached a picture. Can you tell me if this is a sucker branch and if so what I should do about it? Thanks!!

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Answered on March 30, 2017

It is fine to leave all the branches that your lemon has in place. Suckers typically grow right from the base of the tree at the soil- you should cut those off.

Also, I would recommend repotting your lemon tree in a smaller pot. The issue with a small plant in a large pot is that the soil holds onto water too long, which can damage your plant's roots. Once your tree is a few more years old, you can move up to a larger pot. This article shows a citrus tree that is in a more appropriate pot for its size:

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