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Q.Meyer lemon shrub/tree problem

Zone Portland OR. I brought the plant indoors a few weeks ago for the winter. | kmp added on November 5, 2013 | Answered

I have a two year old Meyer lemon shrub/tree. The bush has exploded with blossoms but now the blossoms are dying. It now has 27 little lemons growing but some are turning brownish-yellow w/o maturing while others seem ok. What is happening? Thank you!

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Answered on November 7, 2013

The tree is simply self thinning. Citrus trees produce far more blossoms than they can actually support the fruit of. It is an insurance policy of sorts to make sure enough blossoms are pollinated.

Once the fruit begins to grow, the tree will shed some until it gets to a point where it feels it can support the remaining. You can increase the amount of fruit that it holds onto by making sure it is getting plenty of water during blooming and fruiting as well as plenty of fertilizer.

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