Thread: When is the best season to branch trees?

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  1. #1

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    When is the best season to branch trees?

    Hi!
    Common sense tells me that if you branch trees from the bottom they grow tall faster...is it true?
    Also, is summer a good season to branch trees? I live in Houston, Texas...very warm and humid weather...
    Thanks

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    RE: When is the best season to branch trees?

    When you say "branch," do you mean "prune"?

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    RE: When is the best season to branch trees?

    yes

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    RE: When is the best season to branch trees?

    Depends on the tree. Some trees can be safely pruned throughout the year, while others are best pruned during the early Spring before bud break. The general rule of thumb is to prune to the branch collar and never remove more than 20% of the branches during a growing season. What type of tree are you looking to prune? Many parts of Texas are in the midst of a severe drought so pruning should be done with caution in those areas.

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    RE: When is the best season to branch trees?

    I want to prune olive trees, a lemon and lime tree and a nectarine tree...and a dogwood tree that is probably dying...

    very warm weather right now in Houston texas...about 95 degrees or more...
    What do you suggest about the types of trees above? I am talking about a few branches, not a lot....
    Thanks for your time

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    RE: When is the best season to branch trees?

    I'm not familiar with Citrus trees as there's no chance of growing them up here in WNY, but found an informative PDF that seems to explain it in detail...

    http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/crops/az1455.pdf

    Here's a link with info for pruning Olive trees...

    http://www.oliveoilsource.com/page/o...e-pruning#time

    The article does state that Olive trees can be pruned at any time after bud break when frosts aren't a concern.

    Of course, it's generally safe to prune off "suckers" growing near the base of the trunk at any time without doing any harm. As for the Dogwood, I'd leave it alone until it is dormant, hold off pruning that one until late in the Winter season. Keep the Dogwood watered if possible, they naturally grow under forest canopies so they're best adapted to grow on moist and fertile, well-draining soils. If your Dogwood is out in the open in Full Sun, it will struggle to thrive. Ideally Dogwoods should be grown in a shaded location.

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    RE: When is the best season to branch trees?

    Thank you so much for all the details...how nice of you!
    Yes, about the dogwood tree they told me the same thing...it will not make it because it is exposed to full sun...no shading at all...

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