Meyer Lemon Question

az_pamperedchef(9)May 8, 2013

Hello experts! I have a three year old Meyer (planted in the ground) and it's doing fabulous. My next post will show it's progress in three years. However, I'm concerned about it because I noticed this morning some thorns on a couple of branches. From perusing this forum, I've read that usually if your branches have thorns, it's coming from the rootstock and not the grafted citrus. Is that correct.

I checked the branch and it is not coming from below the bud union. As a matter of fact, it's coming from a lateral branch that does not have any thorns! I'm not sure if I should be concerned or not. What do you experts think?

The first picture is very unusual for me. I know Meyers can set fruit and bloom at the same the same time, but mine never has, so I decided to take a picture for posterity.

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Meyers have thorns. The large thorns and larger than typical leaves on the new branches are what we call watersprouts; they usually indicate that you are being a bit too kind to your tree in terms of food and water. Not to worry, just prune them back to the general level of the canopy and they will revert to normal growth.
A mature Meyer will normally have maturing fruits, small fruits, and flowers all at the same time and will produce fruit nearly the whole year.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 2:09PM
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This is the first year that Meyer has both blossoms and fruit. I've heard they can produce all year, but I didn't think it possible in our very WARM climate!

I will most definitely prune that "watersprout". I was worried of the thorns since I don't see any on the other branches.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 12:51PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

John has given you excellent advice, and believe me, he's got plenty of "warm" where he is, and his Meyer lemons are doing exceptionally well. Your Meyer looks extremely happy, and water sprouts are simply a sign of a very healthy and happy tree. If the sprout gets too big, simply prune as John has said. Most new and tender branches of all citrus have thorns. You should see the thorns on my Yosemite Gold mandarin!

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 12:05AM
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