dwarf meyer lemon tree - moved inside and things went wrong!

poppymdFebruary 2, 2013

I am a relatively novice gardener... last summer I bought a dwarf meyer lemon tree and planted it in a container. It was sitting out on a stone patio, growing well, and over the last few months had grown about 6 lovely lemons that were ripening and looking great. When the weather started to get quite cold I moved the tree inside and within a week the lemons have started to rot and the tree has lost several leaves. Any thoughts? Should I move it back outside (it is in the 30s-40s at night currently, zone 7)? Should I pinch off the lemons and start over?

Any advice would be much appreciated!

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johnmerr(11)

Well, you have made the classic potted Meyer error. Meyers are quite sensitive to significant light change and will drop its leaves to replace them with new leaves better suited to the new light. In the future move the plant from full sun to partial sun; after 2 weeks move it to full shade; and 2 more weeks to inside. Reverse that in the Spring when you put it out, and you should avoid the leaf drop. Yes, I would cut the fruit, as the tree needs to put all its energy into making new leaves. Continue to treat your plant well, and it will make a full recovery.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 10:46AM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

How's the tree coming along Poppy?

Thank you John for your advice.

Mike

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 12:24PM
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