Meyer Lemon Trees

Meyer Lemon Tree Sticky Fruit

Anonymous added on April 16, 2018 | Answered

I have fruit about 1/2" in diameter and it is sticky. The leaves are not sticky. All the articles I have read only mention sticky leaves, not fruit. Should I wash this off the fruit?

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Answered on April 18, 2018

You should probably just wash it off. One possibility is honeydew, which is a sticky substance secreted by sap-sucking insects like aphids and scale bugs. It can get on fruit, leaves, and everywhere else:

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