Why Won’t My Lemon Tree/bush Grow Up?
I have a Meyer lemon plant near my home that gets full sun everyday from about 10:00 am to sunset. The plant is spread out like a bush (about 2 feet high) and has not bloomed for the past three years (at least). What can I do for this plant? Some people have told me I need to add another sex of lemon tree, but I'm not much of a gardener and I definitely wouldn't be able to tell the difference if that were true.
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It seems that you are right on the line of where they can survive. Temperatures, on average, have been a little cooler these past few years, which would explain the lack of fruiting and growth.
You can try adding a little phosphorus and potassium to the soil, and mulching heavily in winter. Unfortunately, though, cooler years will keep growth at a minimum for your tree.
Tangerines, and sour oranges can be grown in your area with no problems, as can some sweet oranges. This article will offer more information on cold hardy citrus: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/gardening-by-zone/zone-8/zone-8-citrus-trees.htm
This article will help with the care of Meyer lemon trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/growing-meyer-lemons.htm