Harvesting Lemons

Oz313February 17, 2012

I still have many lemons on my tree. Is there a specific time they should all be picked? Can they stay on the tree even with new growth? We are in northern Florida.

Thanks for any info.

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I think it depends what kind of lemon you have. Different lemon trees have different harvesting seasons.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 5:06PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Well, lemons in general will stay fairly well on the tree. If Eureka lemons get too ripe, they will drop off the tree, naturally. Meyer lemons not so much. But, with all citrus, if you leave the fruit on too overly long, you can cause the tree to alternate bear. So, better to slowly remove the riper fruit as you can, especially if you get a significant bloom. Since lemons don't have a set one-time bloom time, and tend to bloom almost year round, you'll want to look for the bigger bloom times, which for me in S. California tend to be starting about now. I am trying to pick off my more ripe Meyer lemons and Palestine limes, as well as the rest of my Eurekas.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 5:30PM
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