Meyer Lemon Trees
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will a small potted meyer lemon regrow when rabbits removed all new sprouts and most leaves?

Zone Seattle, WA 98115 | sunnysam added on July 23, 2019 | Answered

The rabbit left few leaves at the tips of branches, but ate all the rest and all the other new growth. If I continue to keep it watered and fertilized will it regrow or should I just replace it?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on July 23, 2019

It will re-grow. Here is the thing, though.

You don't want anything below the graft point to grow. This is usually almost a foot above ground and noticeable on most citrus.

Everything below the graft point is a wild citrus (probably 'Flying Dragon' rootstock.) and not edible. Everything above the graft point will be a Meyer Lemon.

Keeping anything that comes from below the graft point will lead to a dead Meyer Lemon at some point. It will quickly over take the top graft and leave you with a wild citrus over time. So, keeping anything that grows below that point will be a MUST. Eventually, once the top grows back, it will stop trying to send up "suckers" from the roots.

This article will help you to grow your Meyer Lemon: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/growing-meyer-lemons.htm

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