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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 5, 2010

Q. Lemon Tree – Leaves Dropping Off

I have a lemon tree in a pot and all the leaves are dropping off. . . . . This is the 2nd lemon tree that the same thing is happening to. . . .The 1st one died, and now it looks likely to happen to this one if I don’t come up with a solution. . . . . can you help?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 5, 2010
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This is normally caused by letting the soil get too dry. Citrus trees are funny because they hold onto their leaves when they are under watered and then drop the leaves once water returns. You need to keep these plants evenly watered at all times to avoid this.

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Answered by
Kathrynkneff on
January 17, 2015
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Also, you can use Mulch, it helps keep it moist.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 10, 2010

Q. Bugs on Lemon Tree Leaves

I have a lemon tree and discovered today that under the new growth of leaves are black bugs. I wiped them off, but I don’t know what they are or how to keep my tree healthy. I have a lot of buds and am hoping to have healthy lemons. How do I organically keep this tree healthy?

Answered by
Heather on
November 11, 2010
Certified Expert
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It is hard to say exactly what insect it may be, but we would recommend spraying the tree down with water to knock the pests off and then treat the tree with neem oil. It has become very popular for organic pest treatment. Here is more information on it:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 24, 2010

Q. Lemon Tree Cultivation

I have a lemon tree that has produced loads of flowers & small lemons. However do I thin out fruits? Also leaves appear to be dropping off. Can you please advise cures?

Answered by
Heather on
November 27, 2010
Certified Expert
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Lemon trees typically thin their own fruit rather well, but if it seems a little heavy for the tree, you can snip off any excess fruit. Typically, you want to see 5-8 inches between each fruit.

 

If the lemon tree is losing leaves, this is normally a sign that it is under watered. While lemon trees are in fruit and in blossom, their water needs increase. Increase water to the tree until the fruit are firmly set, and then you can go back to your normal watering levels.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 27, 2010

Q. Replanting a Lemon Tree

I have a dwarf lemon tree that has been in a pot for about 15-20 years. I would like to plant it in the ground. When is the best time to replant it from the pot to the ground ?

Also, will the tree get any bigger than it is now ? it is about 1 foot high ?

Answered by
Heather on
November 30, 2010
Certified Expert
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Spring is the best time to transplant lemon trees.

 

It is likely that it will get larger. In the pot, it may have had to deal with nutrient and water restrictions. In the ground, this will be less of a problem. Even dwarf varieties reach at least 3-4 feet tall.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 28, 2010

Q. Lemon Tree’s Leaves Fall Off

We move our lemon trees in every year and all the leaves fall off. The tree is full of blooms, and the tree is in such shock. We never get the lemons.

Answered by
Heather on
November 30, 2010
Certified Expert
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Plants need to be acclimated when brought indoors for the winter. This prevents them from going into shock. This article will explain how to do that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/using-pesticides-and-other-chemicals-on-your-houseplants.htm

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Answered by
MikeV on
May 17, 2017
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Be aware of the humidity level in your house. I used to have the same problem when bringing trees indoors for winter when the heat turned on for the first time and the humidity level dropped sharply.

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Asked by
bellacat1 on
December 19, 2010

Q. Ponderosa Lemon Tree Pollination

Had this tree about 3 years, no blooms or fruit. Great tree, about 5′ tall.  Is it possible that it needs pollinating? Thanks.

Answered by
Heather on
December 19, 2010
Certified Expert
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If it is getting blossoms but no fruit, then it needs to be pollinated and can be hand pollinated with a small paintbrush. If it is not getting blossoms, it may not be mature enough to fruit yet or is lacking phosphorous. Bone meal will provide phosphorous.

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Asked by
emustari.emika on
December 30, 2010

Q. How to Grow Lemon Tree

I would like information on how to grow a lemon tree.

Answered by
Nikki on
December 30, 2010
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