The source for this article is: This document is HS1372, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date September 2020. Visit the EDIS website at https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu for the currently supported version of this publication.

HAND PRUNING AND TRAINING OF TROPICAL AND SUBTROPICAL FRUIT TREES1
Jeff Wasielewski, Jonathan H. Crane, and Carlos Balerdi 2
Tropical fruit trees should be pruned for the following reasons:

To control their size and shape;

To potentially promote earlier flower and fruit production;

To maintain fruit production in the lower tree canopy;

To remove unhealthy portions of the trees;

To reduce the likelihood they will fall or break apart during a tropical storm.

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