Pruning Oranges

Is it best to prune out orange trees by removing occasional branches so

as to permit free air passage through the trees? Some are advocating

doing so; but as I remember, the trees in southern California are

allowed to grow quite dense, so that we could see into the foliage but

very little.

It is a matter of judgment, with a present tendency toward a more open

tree than was formerly prescribed. Trees should be more thrifty and

should bear more fruit deeper in the foliage-wall if more air and light

are admitted. But this can be had without opening the tree so that free

sight of its interior is possible. We believe thinning of the growth to

admit more light and air is good, but we should not intentionally cut

enough to make holes in the tree.

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