Asked on Dec 16, 2015

I have a lemon tree question

by Nri941985
My lemon tree is about 4ft tall. It drops leaves frequently. It develops flowers but drops very young fruit. I feed it regularly, water it often and keep it in the sun. This year it finally developed 2 ripe lemons. What am I doing wrong?
  10 answers
  • Lis2122883 Lis2122883 on Dec 17, 2015
    Try Happy Frog potting soil.

    • Nri941985 Nri941985 on Dec 20, 2015
      Not sure where to get that brand, but will go looking. Thank you

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 17, 2015
    my suggestion is to repot the tree with a garden soil for fruit trees. You may be overfeeding and watering the plant.Watering should be done when dry to the touch.Fertilization should be done on a monthly basis during the growing season only.

  • Tam Castro Tam Castro on Dec 17, 2015
    It mite need a bigger pot,,,, maybe some compost added to the soil,,, if it is in a pot sitting of concrete,,, the concrete gets so hot in the day time it cooks the roots in the pot... mite need to sit it on small piece of wood..

  • Kip Kip on Dec 17, 2015
    Probably watering to much. In Southern California I water my lemon trees about once a month and then I saturate it. Lemons all year long

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    • Nri941985 Nri941985 on Dec 18, 2015
      Thank you. I didnt think about calling them. It seems most people agree I'm watering too much. I was keeping it damp. I hear that's wrong so will change to less often. Thx

  • Jane Claypool Jane Claypool on Dec 17, 2015
    All these comments are valid but I would also question the quality of your water. Water the plant with room temperature water and also be sure it is not loaded with chemicals like chlorine and fluoride from the tap. I let mine sit out for a few days for that stuff to evaporate off and warm the water

  • Gwen Gwen on Dec 17, 2015
    Call your county extension office or state ag department. In CA there is a type of citrus possibility of infestation. Also by calling who grows lemons in your area you may get answers. I have the same problems. I'm tempted to simply start over with new plants in winter when the representatives are at the local nurseries. Local nurseries also are a great resource of information.

  • Leona G Leona G on Dec 18, 2015
    Citrus trees often drop young fruit, they are naturally self thinning, and are the blooms being pollinated. Also slow release fertilizer with micro nutrients for Citrus would be best 3 times a year should be enough. If you repot make sure to keep the roots at the same level in the new pot. Citrus trees are shallow rooted and do not like a lot of dirt or mulch on their roots. Good luck

  • Cool Gardner Cool Gardner on Dec 18, 2015
    You may need to pollinate using small paintbrush or Q tip. Gently rub each bloom and stamo.

    • Nri941985 Nri941985 on Dec 18, 2015
      Thank you. That's a great idea. I never would have thought of that.

  • Stephen Taylor Stephen Taylor on Dec 19, 2015
    Pee on it! Honest---- citrus need a certain amount of acidity in the soil and urea is ideal - gentle and easily absorbed! If you are shy about going outside and doing it then just collect some in ajar or bottle and pour on the roots.

    • Nri941985 Nri941985 on Dec 20, 2015
      Well, I must say that that's the last thing I would have thought of, but I'm willing to try. Thank you

  • Brenda Gamba Brenda Gamba on Dec 23, 2015
    Just my 2cents worth. I live in Cape town n that's in the western cape. And have seen lemon and lime trees bear loads of fruit. We are on the coast. I have seen, growing on the sidewalks in Kimberley which is in the Northern cape lemontrees. Ido know that it becomes very hot there during the summer months. They seem to thrive on minimum water.