Lemon Trees
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What causes lemons to split before they get ripe

Zone Lower MS on coast | shipbuilder46 added on July 7, 2012 | Answered

I planted my first lemon tree this spring early and as the fruit came on it started to split the lemons before they turned yellow and became ripe. Are they getting enough water or too much?

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Nikki
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Answered on July 9, 2012

Fluctuations in the weather, temperature and watering cause fruit split in citrus fruits, like lemons. A period of high humidity followed by a dry period can trigger the splitting effect. Usually only a few fruit on any given tree are affected. Keep the soil evenly and consistently moist, not soggy, to alleviate the problem as much as possible. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/tip-on-water-requirements-for-citrus-trees.htm

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