We moved into our home in Chandler, AZ 2 yrs ago with an existing lemon tree planted in the backyard. We have watered and fertilized according to package instructions. Plant looks very healthy and has a few tiny lemons but the process seems very slow. Would estimate the tree to be 3-4 yrs. old and is about 5 ft. tall. How long should we expect before it begins producing edible lemons? Thank you.
Lemon Tree Production
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It may depend on whether or not the tree was seed grown or obtainer from nursery stock. Oftentimes, lemons grown from seed may or may not produce fruit, but if it does produce fruit this may take many years, and when it does produce lemons, the lemons MOST LIKELY, will not be edible or extremely slow growing. Since there's really no way of knowing for certain, you could try adding more phosphorus (bone meal) to the soil to help encourage the flowering and fruit growth.