Question on lighter green, curled leaves - meyer lemon

NeurosciJune 17, 2013

Hello all,

It has since been a week since I received my meyer lemon and potted it in Al's 5-1-1 mix.

There are a couple of things I wanted to address: 1. there are a few leaves that seem to be of a lighter shade of green than the majority and 2. these same leaves tend to curl inward rather than remain flat like the darker green leaves.

I should note I thought there were some of these lighter, curled leaves on the tree when I took it out of the box. I assumed possibly shipping stress.

Further, I read online that the lighter leaves may be due to a lack of nutrition to the plant. Additionally, the curling leaves are a defense mechanism to prevent excessive water loss via evapotranspiration. Of course, both of these seem to contradict the information in the brochure from Four Winds. The instructions say to wait a few weeks before fertilizing and that curled leaves are a sign of too much water.

I have purchased a moisture meter to make sure I am watering correctly. I found that maybe 4" below the soil surface reads about '2' which would indicate that I need to water. I play around and test in 5 locations at varying heights, and sometimes there may be 1 or 2 places deep within the pot that reads in the '3' level.

With this, I guess I'm hesitant whether I need to water or not, and if I should be in fact fertilizing now (1 week after arrival rather than wait an additional week). I have been adding 1/3 gallon unfertilized water daily.

Other than that, the plant seems to look good.

Hereis a picture of what I'm talking about as I'm sure you've all seen it before:


Thanks for your advice.

This post was edited by Neurosci on Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 20:47

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edit: Sorry about the link. I cannot seem to get the image to post. If you highlight, copy what is within the IMG tags and paste it into your browser it will open the picture.

This post was edited by Neurosci on Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 20:58

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 8:56PM
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Steve, Micro (6B ground, 5B roof)

To see the image --- Neurosci--- is trying to displayclick on the link below

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:19PM
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Thank you for posting the proper link. I haven't watered it in two days now since I wasn't sure if it was getting too much. The top of the soil is dry but if I stick my hand down in there it's somewhat damp.

The moisture meter reads 2.5-3, about half to a bit over halfway between dry and wet so I suppose it was getting too much. Even with the daily watering the moisture read the same though.

This post was edited by Neurosci on Wed, Jun 19, 13 at 18:21

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 6:16PM
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Steve, Micro (6B ground, 5B roof)

This is what I tried to do.

What is your growing zone. I would let it dry a bit more. The fertilizing routine is about 1.5 time for meyer lemon. I am hesitant to give much advice as my trees are in trouble but I don;t know why.

Good luck to yow

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 7:23PM
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