Lime tree pruning

The lime tree: conventional and “bush” pruning

If you want to grow a lime tree without affecting its growth, prefer the so-called conventional pruning, relying on the basic rules of pruning: a rule to follow is to eliminate rooted suckers during the entire growing season of the tree. The pruning of the bushy lime tree is carried out, cutting the trunk close to the ground every 4-5 years. The buds, present at the base of the trunk, will generate shoots and leaves that will be collected only in part, just to allow the plant to form the crown. Bush pruning is undoubtedly very simple and usually takes place in February. Generally, the pruning period of the lime tree changes according to the need for growth of the tree and takes place over a wide period of time that goes from October to March.

The linden tree: sapling pruning

If you want to limit the size of the lime tree, prefer a sapling pruning that must be done after planting the tree. In this case, the torso must be cut to 1-1.5 meters in height and let the 4 main branches grow, which will have to be cut every year. Pruning is carried out at about 2 meters from the ground, in order to allow the growth of the shoots in the area of ​​the cut. With sapling pruning, the lime tree will not exceed 3-3.5 meters in height and its crown will take on a spherical shape. If you want to get a tall linden tree, it is advisable to prune in June, eliminating the underlying lateral branches, without compromising the collar: a precise and scrupulous cut is essential for the maintenance of our plant in good health.

The lime tree and some of its best known species

There are many species of linden and numerous hybrids since they are interfertile plants therefore, they cross each other easily. For this reason, it is not easy to recognize individual species. In addition to the species Tilia Cordata or Tilia Parvifolia (wild linden), native to Europe and mainly used for its therapeutic properties, there are the Tilia Platyphyllos (European or local linden), widespread in central and southern Europe; Tilia Americana, originally from North America and introduced in Europe in the mid-1700s, whose wood is used for packaging and windows, and Tilia Intermedia, a species that has intermediate characteristics between Tilia cordata and Tilia platyphyllos. The longest-lived species is Tilia Platyphyllos, also known for its very soft, easy-to-work wood.

Linden pruning: The aromatic and phytotherapeutic properties of lime

Rich in flavonoids, coumarins, mucilage, tannins, vitamin C, caffeic acid, sugars and essential oils, it is a very popular plant in herbal medicine for the preparation of calming herbal teas to be taken in the evening before going to bed or as a hunger breaker. It is also able to calm nervous hunger. The flowers of the lime tree are used which are harvested at the beginning of flowering, in the months of June and July. The bark that is harvested in spring is also used. It is widely used in the kitchen, the main use of this wonderful plant, the bees do it, giving us a honey with antispasmodic properties, it acts as a calming device for the nervous system, it is an excellent remedy against insomnia and states of anxiety , and protects the liver. Crumbling the dried flowers, it is a great spice.

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