Lemon Trees
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Why Do Buds Fall Off Lemon Tree Before Flowering

Anonymous added on March 10, 2011 | Answered

I have a eucalyptus lemon tree and it's five months old. It's budding but the buds fall off before flowering. Is this normal, and if not, why does it happen? It's kept indoors at present.

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Nikki
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Answered on March 11, 2011

If it is only 5 months old, the tree is probably purging the buds because it is still too small to support the fruit the buds would produce. This is normal. In fact, I would recommend that until the tree is 2 years old, that you remove any blossoms it produces so that it can focus on becoming well established rather than on growing fruit. It will be better for the long term health of the tree.

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