Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Citrus Fruits in the Home Garden
I live in Northern California - The Antelope Valley - Lancaster, California to be more specific. I purchased a dwarf blood orange tree maybe about 7-8 years ago. I planted the tree the first year in the spring. The tree has grown maybe 4 feet and produces very small flowers that eventually turn to small fruit. The problem that I'm having is that the fruit drops off every year. They say that an orange tree will not survive in the area, but mine has been living in the ground for a while. How can I stop the fruit from dropping? I also cover it from the winds when they occur.
SQUEEZE THE LEMON, AND USE THE JUICE TO MAKE ICE CUBES, STORE IN A BAG IN FREEZER, AND ENJOY LEMON CHILLED DRINK.
I live in the southern portion of Alabama (Mobile County) and planted a Myer Lemon tree earlier this spring (added citrus spikes). At one point the tree had blooms and showed evidence of producing lemons (flowers/small green lemons). It's outside in plenty of sun, I have not watered the tree because I think it receives a generous amount due to rain. At some point all of the blooms fell off as well as the small green lemons that were trying to grow. What am I doing wrong? I love meyer lemons and would love for my tree to produce. It's planted next to a peach tree that produced wonderful sweet peaches.
An old adage says “nothing good comes easy.” This may be an example. Lemon trees thrive in sandy loam soil that is moist but not soggy, and fertilized with a 6-6-6-2 (6% nitrogen-6% phosphate-6% potash-2% magnesium) mixture after planting. (Sources vary on the fertilizer recommendations.)
Leaf drop can be a sign of too little water, too cool nights, or too much temperature variation. However, over watering can leach nutrients from the soil and cause root rot. If the roots are damaged they can’t take up the nutrients the plant needs. But even if the roots are fine, the plant needs to be able to access certain nutrients. Do a soil test, find your cooperative extension here https://www.almanac.com/content/cooperative-extension-services , and try to save it.
I got a lemon seed to sprout many years ago and it grew very very slowly.
It would often dump most of its few leaves. I was worried about watering it too much. Finally I thought I just didn’t care any more if it died and actually tried to ‘ over water ‘ it. Next thing I knew it started sending out new leaves all over and started really growing.
Now after about 8 or 9 years and living mostly in not very sunny windows it is still thriving and about 3 feet tall. In Michigan.
I have a four year old pink lemonade tree that blossomed beautifully and then the tiny budding lemon fruits are turning black and falling off. The leaves no longer look healthy. Help!!
Lemon trees generally drop their fruit prematurely when the tree has either been watered too much or too little. I’m not sure which is the case with your tree, but if it is planted in a pot and the soil is wet, don’t water it more. If it’s planted in the ground, the tree won’t need hardly any watering at all and should thrive on just rainfall. We hope this helps!
My Lemon tree has baffled me on what's wrong with it. It's on a regular water schedule and gets plenty of sun. It is dropping leaves every couple days, after said leaf yellows a good bit. Meanwhile, it's blooming like crazy. Absolutely perplexed as to what could cause it. We live in western NC and so I'm worried if it'll survive winter without many leaves on it.