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Q.I Have A Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree, (in A Pot) It Went Into Shock This Summer, Lost All It’s Leaves And Looks Dead.

Zone Camp Verde Az | Anonymous added on July 21, 2022 | Answered

I scratched the lower part of the bark, and it was green, recently the tree, It’s at least 3 years old, lost all it’s leaves, and it was doing great…Now the tree has a shoot, growing from the middle of the trunk..Do I cut the other branches, or do I cut the new growth and try to get it graft it in water?? not sure I thought the tree was dead??? What do you advise?

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on August 1, 2022

It looks like a sucker grew from the roots at one time and was not removed. Now it looks like the new growth is coming from that stem. If that is the case, they are from the rootstalk and not something to pursue. (Provided this was a grafted lemon tree.) If it is one you grew from seed, you can cut off the dead stems and keep the suckers. But lemon trees grown from seed can take years to fruit, if ever, and the quality is usually subpar.

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