Lemon Trees

Why Is My Lemon Tree Dropping Its Leaves

nick.s added on August 8, 2012 | Answered

I have a lemon tree about 5' high in a 12" pot indoors. It has started to drop its leaves. How often should I water it?

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Answered on August 9, 2012

Leaf drop is a common problem in both lemon and lime citrus trees. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lime/lime-tree-leaf-drop-why-a-lime-tree-is-losing-leaves.htm

It is likely stressed, either from heat or a watering issue. Normally it is 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 when water returns. You need to keep plant evenly watered at all times, especially those in containers, to avoid this. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/tip-on-water-requirements-for-citrus-trees.htm

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