Lemon Trees

Lemon Tree

uzmeed added on June 15, 2011 | Answered

My lemon tree flowers a lot but does not fruit. One problem is that the water stays in the pot, as the soil never dries out completely, even if I don't water it for days. What can be the reason? Sould I change the pot? Regards. uzmeed

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Answered on June 20, 2011

If it is flowering but not fruiting, this is a pollination problem. If your tree is somewhere that pollinators, like bees, can't get to it - such as indoors, an enclosed porch or places like that - you will need to hand pollinate. You can do this with a small paintbrush and swirl it gently inside the flowers.

The water not draining is a separate issue that needs to be dealt with. While the standing water will not directly affect the flowers and fruiting, it can cause the roots to rot, which will harm the overall plant. You may want to consider repotting the tree into a container that has sufficient drainage holes.

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