What's your question? Ask

Lemon Trees

Q.should I “cull” fruit from my trees?

Zone 94014 | Anonymous added on July 27, 2019 | Answered

My lemon tree has clusters of up to 6 lemons on each stem, but they are all tiny (less than 1/2 inch in diameter); now they are all almost ripe – mostly yellow. Should I have trimmed them out so as to have only say 2 on each stem? or maybe even only one. If I had done that I would still have 20 – 30 lemons.
Same issue with my fig tree. Also, should I trim off some leaves from the fig tree so as to let the growing fruit get some light?

A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Answered on July 28, 2019

If these are small and yellow, then it is likely that they are being killed off by the tree, and not ripening. This is due to a lack of phosphorus and potassium, and sometimes lack of light.

A citrus fruit takes about 9 months to ripen after pollination. If it has been not even close to this time then it is likely that the lemons are killing themselves off.

The same will be true for the fig. You will not need to thin the herd, as the tree will do this on its own. I would recommend testing the soil and finding which deficiencies that you have. Once you correct these, the trees will produce as they should.

Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.

Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Lemon Trees
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert