Acidic Lemons

Mike2320March 25, 2014

I've got a very prolific lemon tree. The problem is the fruit is bitterly acidic. How do I get the lemons to taste like lemons should?

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johnmerr(11)

What variety lemon do you have? Can you post a photo?
Could it be that you just haven't left the fruit on the tree long enough? Do you fertilize it regularly?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 5:40PM
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Mike2320

I have no idea what variety. I will post a pic but they're large, rindy. Just fertilized. The current crop is just turning yellow but previous crops have been on a long time and still come out acidy.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 6:35PM
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ssimpala(LA Cali -Zn10)

Volkamer???

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 7:04PM
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johnmerr(11)

It does look like volkameriana; but that is most commonly used for rootstock. It is VERY sour. I considered Volk.. as rootstock for my Meyers but it is slower growing, produces less fruits and larger than Macrophylla; and I don't need any of those factors for my Meyers in the tropics. One advantage Volkameriana has is superior resistance to some diseases.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 7:14PM
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Mike2320

Okay, so nothing to be done about it?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 9:58PM
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gregbradley(Upland, CA USDA 9b Sunset 19)

First you need to confirm that it is Volkameriana. You can look at the details here: http://idtools.org/id/citrus/citrusid/factsheet.php?name=Volkameriana

Be sure and check all the details. If it is Volkameriana, it won't be edible.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 11:48PM
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Mike2320

It does not appear to fit the characteristics of volkameriana. Fruit isn't as wide vs. length, skin is smoother than indicated, also isn't as large overall as pictured. If it is another variety, is there anything to be done about acid content? Not exactly SOUR as much as very heavily acidic.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 10:54AM
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