Huge lemons

boogar(no clue)April 15, 2005

Im getting lemons bigger than softballs.

20 inches around in some cases.

very thick skin.

can this be fixed?, or is it the type of tree?

thanks

Mike

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Millet(z5)

Are you sure it is a lemon? Sounds more like a pummelo. Possibly it could be a Ponderosa Lemon, but Ponderosas usually are only 3 or 4 inches in diam. Millet (GBJP-II)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2005 at 10:03PM
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Laaz(z8b SC)

Could be a ponderosa, my brother in CA said his ponderosa's are huge this year due to the soaking rains...

    Bookmark   April 15, 2005 at 10:08PM
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birdsnblooms

A Ponderosa Lemon, growing in the Oak Pk Conservatory in IL, has fruit larger than grapefruit w/a diameter 6-8"..They're incredible..Toni

    Bookmark   April 15, 2005 at 11:30PM
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boogar(no clue)

Im beginning to think I have a graphted lemon tree.

10 uears ago I was told its a myer lemon, but only the smallest of three trunks gave me small myer type.

The other two grew much taller and gives massive lemons.

Anyhow......the fruit is useable and tasty...one lemon goes a looooong way.

Peace to all

    Bookmark   April 16, 2005 at 11:17AM
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birdsnblooms

Boo, if your tree is grafted, you should see a line on the main trunk. That's where it was grafted.
Meyer's lemon's grow big but not like a Ponderosa or Satsuma. What shape is the fruit? Toni

    Bookmark   April 18, 2005 at 12:47AM
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Laaz(z8b SC)

Sounds like your rootstock has taken over. Do the leaves on all three branches look the same ? Many times you will find the roostock sprouting at the graft line, these must be removed asap as they are usually much more vigorous than the grafted bud.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2005 at 6:41PM
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boogar(no clue)

the leaves on two branches look the same.
The smaller trunk has smaller leaves and almost no thorns.
Massive thorns on the two larger some 3 inches.

Thanks for all the help.
Mike

    Bookmark   May 3, 2005 at 2:18AM
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jetstream(Z9b)

I am assuming you are measuring circumference with the 20 inches...that would be about 6 inches diameter...pie r square and 2 pie r stuff. A basketball is 9 inches diameter and 30 inches circumference, so either way, that's one heck of a lemon you got there. Maybe it's time to call Ripleys or Guiness...Z

    Bookmark   May 4, 2005 at 12:56PM
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mrtexas(9a)

I have a lemon twice as big as a ponderosa. A friend discovered it on a tree that grew out of his compost pile!

Here is a link that might be useful: Panzarella lemon

    Bookmark   May 9, 2005 at 8:40AM
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marhi01(z9 NorCal)

Hi there, I read your post because I'm in EXACTLY the same situation. Ten years ago my Mom bought me a Myers which has been wonderful, lots of beautiful fruit. Then last fall, I see the first humongo lemon, I thought it was just a mutant, but now I've had many more. They all come from a thick stock that shot way into the air. It is a graft, when I looked to the bottom of where the stock comes from, you can see it. For all I know, we may both be a victim of the same someones sense of humor! But you're right, they are juicy and tasty, so what the heck!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2005 at 8:33PM
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Laaz(z8b SC)

More than likely your lemon tree was grafted to pomelo rootstock. The rootstock has taken over and you now have pomelo's.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2005 at 8:55AM
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marhi01(z9 NorCal)

That's exactly what I figured, so I bought a pomello one day and compared the fruit. They aren't the same at all. the pomello had sort of a grapefruit thing going and my fruit is PURE lemon. I cannot figure out what it is, and more importantly, what to do about it? Can I just have the big trunk cut down, or will that kill the myers part of the tree? Who does one consult in these matters? EEK, I hate to kill the tree! Thanks for any advice!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2005 at 8:29PM
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Laaz(z8b SC)

Maybe a Ponderosa lemon...

http://ccpp.ucr.edu/variety/images/vi409f.jpg

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 19, 2005 at 9:23PM
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Lesleybird(8B or 9 Houston)

Ha ha...can this be fixed? Like being too big is a problem? Yes, I think you could talk to your tree and tell it to stop growing such big lemons or you will chop him down! Ya, that will work. Lesley

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 2:37AM
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joereal(Ca z9/SS z14)

You can always T-bud with other types of lemons. It is quite easy to do extreme makeover of the whole citrus tree.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 12:17PM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

It sure sounds like the root stock has made those 2 branches. And usually the pummelo that is used for root stock is not chandler, which is what you would find in the store for fruit, but rather a shaddock. It is a nice fruit too.
If you want to keep getting the meyer lemon, it's time for some drastic pruning. You will have to remove the large fruiting branches and leave only the meyer. and you will have to watch for more new suckers that will soon follow and keep them cut back.
If you like the big fruit, what ever it is, then let it keep growing. It will likely soon over take the meyer though.
Arthur the Date Palm Guy

    Bookmark   June 21, 2005 at 3:27AM
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boyang16(z9CA)

Mike, could you post a picture of your "huge lemons" ?
I saw this huge lemons, someone from Altadena showed us
at work.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 7:16PM
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bobby1_2007

Trying to get px of huge lemons to compare to mine,,Almost Honduran football size,, 1= 1 gal lemonade..

    Bookmark   August 4, 2007 at 10:39AM
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birdsnblooms

Bobby, your lemons sound huge..my God, one lemon ='s a gal on lemonade?
The largest lemons I know of are Ponderosas which look like grapefruit, but don't know if that's the type you mean..I'd love seeing a pic of your tree..Toni

    Bookmark   August 4, 2007 at 3:17PM
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bobby1_2007

Send me your email and I will send you some,,Last year when I came here,, I was told these were lemons,not footballs growing on a Honduran Tree,, so , when I was told they were ready,, I began the lemonade thing,, and ususlly one created 6 ounces,,This am,, it took 2,, so mabey my memory is failing,,72 now, or the "lemons" I got yesterday were smaller??dont know,, even at that,, 2 = Gal,, pretty damn good.. I will show you,,,email???

    Bookmark   August 4, 2007 at 6:39PM
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catankgirl

The last house I lived in had a lemon tree that grew huge lemons too. We couldn't believe it. We found the BEST lemonade recipe and made it all the time for potlucks. Enjoy!

Here is a link that might be useful: Lemonade Recipe

    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 11:56PM
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bakaroni

Ah, yes, ponderosa lemons. That's what we have as well. For the first few years we thought we lived on a nuclear waste site and refused to have anything to do with those mutant lemons. Then we tasted it. It wasn't too good, but not bad either. So I infer from this thread that these lemons can be consumed?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2007 at 12:43PM
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birdsnblooms

Ponderosa's grow huge lemons, as large as grapefruits.
Bakaroni, you said for the first few yrs we 'thought' we lived on a nuclear wate site, then ask if it's safe..Did you ever find out whether or not it was a nuclear site or not? Toni

    Bookmark   August 8, 2007 at 4:27PM
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bakaroni

hopefulauthor, I was only kidding about the nuclear waste site.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2007 at 1:15AM
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birdsnblooms

LOL, Bakaroni..and here I believed you..duh..lol..Glad you don't live in an area like that anyway..Nuclear missles hidden underground..Yikes..Take care, Toni

    Bookmark   August 9, 2007 at 2:42PM
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chelleyk

I have huge lemons with super thick skin and almost no juice. My limes were fine but now they are taking on the same traits. And they are all weirdly shaped. Help!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 12:23PM
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philly132

I have a Meyer lemon in a pot on my deck, the lemons are also huge, about the size of a softball with a reg lemon fruit size inside, so the skin is over 1"thick. I remember hearing that there was something environmental that caused this but can't find it anywhere. i would post a pic but don't know how on this site.Thanks, Phil

    Bookmark   January 10, 2009 at 3:11PM
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orchidguyftl(z11 FTL FL)

HHmm
Never heard of lemons being grafted, none of mine are.
They dont need to be unless you are keeping it "dwarfed". Even then, never heard of a meyer being grafted to a ponderosa or pumello. That wouldn't dwarf them and meyer arent susceptible to nematodes which is why some citrus is grafted in the first place.

I have meyer which are almost the size of grapefruits, thin skinned juicy as heck and pretty sweet, for a lemon.
My ponderosa produce lemons about the size of a pumello, just a fraction smaller the skin is thicker then meyer but not real thick, bout 1/4-1/2" thick. They are very juicy and also kind of sweet, I get more then a cup of juice per lemon and for a gallon of lemonade, only 1 lemon and 6 tablespoons of sugar is all thats needed.
Most pumellos are pretty sweet too, not sour like grapefruits, while it is a parent to grapefruit, the sourness of grapefruits comes from the bitter orange parent.

Personally, I would suggest air layering the big lemon producing branch then once its rooted, remove it and let the meyer be. then you have the 2 trees...
John

    Bookmark   January 10, 2009 at 6:04PM
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