Lemon tree leaves falling
Our lemon tree is beautiful and has around 15 yellow lemons on it at the moment. We removed around 50 lemons last week and now all the beautiful dark green leaves on the tree are all falling off. It is close to having no leaves on it at all. What has happened? Is it dying? We fertilized it around a month ago.
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Leaf drop is a common problem in both lemon and lime citrus trees. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/trees-shrubs/lime-tree-leaf-drop-why-a-lime-tree-is-losing-leaves.htm
It is likely stressed, either from heat or a watering issue. Normally it is caused by letting the soil get too dry. Citrus trees are funny, because they hold onto their leaves when they are under watered and then drop the leaves when water returns. You need to keep plant evenly watered at all times, especially those in containers, to avoid this. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/tip-on-water-requirements-for-citrus-trees.htm