Putting Meyer Lemon Outdoors

lime123March 11, 2014

I am aware of the need to gradually put the Meyer Lemon into the shade then sun after having been indoors for the winter. My question: Today we are having sun and clouds and 70 degree weather--the same tomorrow, then only 33 the next day. Is it ok to put out my tree for a couple of days in the warm shade and then bring it in during the cold days or must I wait until the weather warms fully to bring it out? It had a bout of too little water in the fall before I was aware of it's water needs, lost some leaves and now could use some good outdoor light.
Thanks so much.

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johnmerr(11)

Lime,

Full shade outdoors is roughly equal to a sunny window indoors. I think it is okay to put it outside in full shade and bring it in at night. The color is good; the "excess" of flowers might indicate the tree is feeling stressed; but wait until the flowers are gone before cutting or thinning any fruit; if you cut the flowers, the tree will only make more. I would give it a small shot of fertilizer; but not too much Nitrogen. My experience is if you give a Meyer too much N when it is blooming, it will drop the flowers in favor of making leaves.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 7:53PM
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lime123

Thanks for all the great advice. I am following it and am wondering if 1) Would it be a consideration to cut back this little lemon tree so it would get more leaves in the areas where it lost them in the fall? 2) If nitrogen fertilizer would help it to get leaves instead of lemons, would that not, perhaps, be helpful since it looks a bit too pitiful to use all its energy to make a lemon this year? ---or should I just take off any lemons that decide to grow? Thanks again, Patricia

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 12:03PM
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tillygrower

Wow, that's a lot of flowers on that tiny tree! Since I see Johnmerr is following this thread, I've got this question for the expert: Where do Meyer's flower from? Old wood? New wood? Seems like it's random where they decide to blossom from. Is it?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 6:00PM
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johnmerr(11)

Meyers flower primarily on new growth; but some on branches less than a year old.

Patricia, I wouldn't prune those; the bare parts will eventually fill in with new growth if you treat the tree correctly. What I would do, to encourage new growth would be to take off almost all of any fruit that sets. Young Meyers are not good at self thinning and tend to keep too much fruit; hence the tree "forgets" to grow. Don't take off the flowers; it will only make more; wait until the fruits, if any, and when they are BB to pea size, then cut them, A good shot of fertilizer after cutting the fruits will usually result in a growth spurt.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 6:15PM
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lime123

Will do, and thanks again. It is just delightful to be able to ask a question and get such an immediate and valuable answer. Patricia

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 1:12PM
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