Meyer Lemon -How to Help this Poor Tree?
Last summer I posted how my Meyer Lemon was absolutely ravaged by grasshoppers (thread is : Grasshopper Wars.)
As mentioned in that post I re-potted the tree in a gritty mix and brought it inside. It is inside for the winter in a cool room (max 67) with large east facing windows. I water it when the soil dries out and use fish emulsion as fertilizer. I haven't used the fertilizer the last couple of times I've watered it as I thought I read that the tree should have a "dormant" period but I'm not sure if that is correct or not?
Here are the photos of what it looks like today. In the first pic all the growth is since the grasshopper attack but as you can see there really isn't much growth
I took this picture to show the one odd branch that is about 2' longer than the rest of the tree. The leaves on this branch are the few that survived the grasshopper attack.
I took this picture because these new leaves still show evidence of something amiss. All the growth was since the attack but what would have caused the hole in the leaf and the curls?
Ok once you've stopped laughing (or crying, whichever it may be), what should I be doing for this poor tree?
I plan to cut all the dead parts off but want to verify how-do I leave just a bit of dead branch on the tree, or do I cut back to the live parts. If the latter do I put anything on the wound to heal it?
Pruning the large branch: Can I cut this back to reshape the tree? Can I try to grow this branch into a new tree? Where should I cut it off?
And fertilizing regime? Is fish emulsion enough? Should I be fertilizing every watering (In the winter I'm watering about every 2 weeks)?
I appreciate any help you can give me and this tree.