How does a meyer lemon tree that is inside for the winter pollinate it’s flowers?
I have a meyer lemon plant inside for the winter. In the spring when it was outside, it blossomed a large amount of flowers and a bird came by and swooped them off. Now it is inside in a sunny window and it blossomed again(it is now the end of December). Am I supposed to pollinate the flowers or does this happen by itself? When it was outside the bees were busy at it. Please give me some instruction on how to go about this process. Thank you. By the way, when I received the plant 1 1/2 years ago it had 8 lemons on it. Tobi Applebaum [email protected]
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Typically, you can just shake the flowers some, and they will pollinate just fine... If you are still concerned that the deed is not done, then you can manually find the male pollen and apply it to the female pistil. This is usually not necessary though.
Here is an article that will give you more information on these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/growing-lemon-trees-containers.htm