Dwarf Meyer Lemon with problems

soozSeptember 20, 2012

Attached is a photo taken today of our dwarf Meyer lemon tree in southern CA. I'm posting on a couple other forums here, too.

We've had it for about 2 years, maybe 3 years. As you will see inside the circled areas, the fruit has areas of brown on them, and the leaves are not exactly healthy looking.

We have clay soil, had a different Meyer lemon around the same area but it died after about 25 years. We know how to dig a big enough hole, check for drainage (clay soil, y'know), amend and plant correctly. Last year, there were no issues with this lemon tree or it's fruit.

We're careful about water and things, and we use a product specifically for citrus--the same thing we used with the other tree.

Please advise. Thanks!



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Looks like sunburn probably due to very hot weather and not enough water; maybe some shade would help during the hottest times. Is it in a container or in the ground; looks like it could be both.

You have a lot of fruit for a tree that size; at the least I would take off all the sunburned fruit and maybe give it a good shot of fertilizer.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 5:17PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

What John said (except one small caveat). This is a classic sign of a tree that has been sunburned and is severely water deficient. Pull all the fruit off the tree, water deeply until you're sure the soil is watered down 24". Keep the soil moist down at least 18", which may mean watering 3 times a week while our weather here in S. California is still so hot. You don't say where you are in S. California. Temps can vary by almost 30 degrees from the coast to the inland areas. Provide afternoon shade for now until this tree has fully recovered. Whitewash the trunk with flat latex house paint cut in half with water to protect this young tree's branches and trunk from further sun damage, since this tree will defoliate from this. If you keep it watered and protected from the sun, it should start to recover. Here's the caveat: Once you see signs of recovery (leaves that are left perk up, and new flush is starting to push out), go ahead and water well, THEN put down your fertilizer, then water in the fertilizer. Never put down fertilizer when the plant is dry, or you run the risk of burning the feeder roots.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 8:47PM
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Thank you for your input!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 2:02AM
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