I have a 5-6-year-old Meyers lemon tree, which is planted outside. It is a couple of feet from the front door. It has been producing lemons on the side that faces the house for a while now. I have tied the branches up in the front, and the lemons no longer grow on that side. The lemons will only grow on the side that gets the least amount of sunlight during the day. Why is this happening, and what can I do to make the lemons grow around the tree?
If it started when you tied up the branches, I suggest untying those branches. If they are wieldy, you can prune them. Check the sunny side for pests or disease, which could be preventing fruiting. Lemons will fruit even in the shade, so you may have some dead or crossing branches in the sun that don't produce. Those can be pruned out.
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Curious about what is covering the skin on my Meyer lemons. Tree and leaves look healthy and the inside of each lemon is unaffected. Thank you.
It could be melanose, a fungal disease. The interior fruit is usually unaffected, as you say. Here is more information and tips to keep it from returning. Also, the leaves in the background look chlorotic so I included information about that, too.
ng soft on touch. Is this from a disease? I have been away for a while and the lemons were left on the tree well into the harsh of the winter. The average temperature for the past month has been around 32F, negligible precipitation but a good amount of frost in the mornings. Is is due to these cold conditions or a disease?
this does appear to be cold damage. It won't damage the tree in the long run. However, it may be likely that your tree does experience disease. If this happens, it will be good to know how to deal with the issue:
I have a 2.5 year old potted lemon. It's branches have 2 very different size and type of leaves on the same branch. Is this a problem?
Yes, the oddballs should be removed. If this is a grafted lemon tree, the strange branch is likely coming from the rootstalk, which is what the desirable upper part is grafted onto.
Cut it off at the base of the plant or where it is coming from. If all the branches are that way, the top part may have succumbed and the rootstalk took over.
You can cut off a branch and take it to the local extension office for confirmation that this is what is going on.
I purchased a lemon from a store, slice and put in my waters. Well I collect a few of the seeds and I ended up growing 3 lemon trees. I have one in my living that is roughly 4ft tall. It will be 9 years old this year. I haven’t seen a flower on it yet. It got very full this year with our wood stove giving out lots of dry heat. I’m getting very antsy as this tree takes up a lot of space and I yet haven’t had a lemon on it. Smells wonderful.
Unfortunately, lemon trees grown from seed may never produce fruit, and if they do, it likely will be inferior to the parent tree's fruit. I can see from the photo it is not getting enough light to produce flowers or fruit. They need 6 to 8 hours a day of sun. If that is not possible, you can add grow lights. Here is more:
Have they been getting regular irrigation? If it isn't that, it could be disease or insects. These articles should help pinpoint the problem: