Can this lemon tree be saved?

44David2May 16, 2013

This lemon tree has suffered, and I think the cause is that it has a pot (and maybe soil) that doesn't drain well. The soil stays wet for a while. The leaves yellowed then dropped. The spot also gets a lot of sun. If I get a new pot for this could the plant come back?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It looks like it is trying very hard. Stress causes masses of flowers; the plant thinks it is dying and tries to make seeds (fruits). Water it carefully and give it a shot of foliar food and a little Nitrogen in the soil (urea, ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, etc. If you give a Meyer... which this clearly is... too much N when it is blooming, it tends to drop the flowers and produce leaves. Only after all the flowers have fallen, give it some balanced citrus food and then take off any tiny lemons that have formed; they will only steal the energy the plant needs to recover. Re-pot to a bigger pot only after new leaves and branches begin to sprout. BTW, if you post this on the citrus forum, you will get lots more help.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 2:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It sure has a lot of flowers!

It can't be entirely moribund.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 2:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Look up 'Al's Gritty Mix' recipe and plant it in that mixture in a larger,fiberglass pot (or plastic).

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 2:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks everyone, this is great advice! I've posted in Citrus now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Citrus Post

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 3:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bradybb WA-Zone8

On the Cloud Forest website,they are either recommending Foliage Pro or Azalea fertilizer for Citrus.They said there isn't a decent Citrus fertilizer out there. Brady

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 3:46PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
what kind of fruit tree is this?
My guess is some type of peach, but the fruit is throwing...
Questions on American Plum, Chickasaw Plum, & Beach Plum
Hi, I have limited space and will definitely be planting...
Should i go ahead and put my newly grafted pear trees in the sun?
I did 4 cleft grafts last weekend and they have been...
Suburban backyard "orchard" (Z6 SE NY)
Hello all. I have a new to me house and yard (Zone...
Plum tree
My plum tree has new growth. I remember a couple of...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™