Meyer Lemon Trees

Problem Growing Meyer Lemons


Anonymous added on May 31, 2016 | Answered

I purchased a Meyer Lemon tree this spring. It started flowering a few weeks ago and was loaded with tiny green lemons. As soon as they got to be about the size of a very small grape, they started falling off. You could just touch the tree and they fell off. There are no lemons on it now. It is in full sun on my deck and I keep it watered. It is in a pot that drains well. We are in the Atlanta, GA area. Can you help, please?


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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 1, 2016

Meyer lemons do go through a process of natural thinning, known as "June drop", but it seems like it's thinning all of them. Here is an article that outlines many reasons for this phenomenon you are experiencing. The article will ask you to evaluate your watering, fertilizing, and to conduct a pest inspection.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/lemon-tree-fruit-drop.htm

Here are some other thoughts:

Are your trees in a warm location of full sun? Is the soil well-draining?

I would check the pH of your soil. Meyers prefer a pH between 5.5 and 6.5.

Maybe your trees are too young yet. Grafted lemon trees, which you usually get from garden centers, take 2-3 years to flower and set fruit. Meyer lemon trees grown from seed take 4-7 years to bear viable fruit.

For more information on growing Meyer lemon trees, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/growing-meyer-lemons.htm

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