Citrus Tree Pruning Season
GardenLine Appearance Saturday at Buchanan's Native Plants
Before I get into the rules of citrus tree pruning, let me say that, by no means, is this everything there is to know on the subject. Nor do I claim that I have the best information on citrus pruning.
These are, however, some of the best basic rules. And it they're followed, they'll benefit 90 percent of home gardeners every time.
By the way, if you bought a citrus at any fruit tree sale during the past two months, please remove all the blooms and/or tiny fruit this year and next. You should only allow citrus trees to grow, baby, grow. Don't allow them to set fruit the first two years of life.
Since March 1 is the "jumping off" point for citrus pruning (most stone fruit should have been pruned by now), here are the top rules of engagement:
Buchanan's Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St. in The Heights
This Saturday's GardenLine appearance is at Buchanan's in The Heights at 611 East 11th St.
If you've never been to Buchanan's, let me entice with you with a few things. First, this is Houston's first and still best nursery/garden center dedicated to Texas natives. They also specialize in proven organic methods, and they are one of the top three herb nurseries in town. They have also been Houston Rose authorities since the day they opened in 1986, and they have a staff that not only loves what they do, but they understand what they are talking about. Simply put, Buchanan's is one of those nurseries that, instead of mass merchandisers, I would love to see replicated all over town. But the beauty is, they are so centrally located ... in The Heights ... that anyone can pay a visit.
Soil Menders is sponsoring my visit, so that means plenty of freebies from them. And roses will be the topic of the day. There will be rose seminars before, during and after my 11 a.m.-1 p.m. appearance. In fact, the two folks doing presentations are worth your visit, even if you couldn't care less about me and the freebies.
Donald Burger, past president of the Houston Rose Society will be doing classes on container roses at 10 a.m. and hybrid tea roses at 11:30. At 11, another of my favorite rose aficionados — and another past president of the Houston Rose Society — Gaye Hammond is doing a seminar on building rose beds. Both of these experts are fun and informative, so make an effort to catch at least one.
The new book "1001 GardenLine Questions" will also be available, and I'll see what else I can glean from the prize closet.
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