Lemon Trees

Lemons Splitting Open Before Ripened

teede added on November 11, 2012 | Answered

I have a lemon tree and a lot of the lemons are splitting open and they are not ripe yet. What would be the cause of this?

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Answered on November 11, 2012

When citrus fruit split and inside flesh is exposed it can be due to lack of nutrients such as copper and calcium, moisture stress, frost and general health of the tree. This often happens when a tree receives a sudden soaking of water particularly after a long dry spell. Citrus trees require plenty of water while the fruit is developing, so ensure that the tree receives sufficient watering. Good nutrition, and application of lime around the tree every few years will help prevent fruit splitting. If soil is alkaline, add gypsum rather than lime.

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