Meyer Not Growing

Jack_TripperNovember 11, 2013

I brought back this 1-year old dwarf rootstock Meyer from Home Depot about 5 months ago, and it doesn't seem to have grown much. Last week, I noticed it lost some leaves. It gets about 4 hours of sunlight daily. I use Vigoro citrus food granules every 2 months.

Is this normal? Is the stick that it came tied to impeding its growth? When should I remove it?

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jumpinjoe

6 hours minimum. Sunlight is key

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 12:47AM
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jumpinjoe

6 hours minimum. Sunlight is key

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 12:48AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

I agree with Joe, possibly not enough sunlight, and it appears to be a bit dry (soil looks dry, leaves are cupping). I would be sure you've got enough water, sounds like enough fertilizer, so maybe it is a combination of water and lack of sunlight. I would wait through the winter to see if it sends out a new flush in the spring before moving it, though. This is the time that citrus in our area tend to slow down their growth (through the winter months).

Patty S.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 9:46AM
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Jack_Tripper

Thanks. Should I remove the stick so it can grow faster? If not yet, whe should I remove it?

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 8:38PM
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johnmerr(11)

Remove the stick now; or alternatively lower the ties 3-4 inches every 3 months until it is not tied at all.

Staking a tree only assures that it will break in the future.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 8:48PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Wait, when you say sunlight...Are you meaning direct sun?

Like direct sunshine on your plant...Because sunlight and direct sun is too different things..

Do you fertilize as suggested here...They are heavy eaters and need good fertilizer to grow

Mike

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 9:11PM
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Jack_Tripper

I did not know staking a tree would make it break. It came that way from Home Depot.

Yes, 4 hours direct sunlight.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 11:11PM
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johnmerr(11)

4 hours direct sunlight is enough for a Meyer to produce a lot of fruit. I think your issue is really food and water.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 11:31PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Jack.
I agree with the others. Remove that stake tonight even, and relocate the stake at least 6 inches away from the trunk, and then tie the stake loosely to a prominent branch so that there remains some natural play in the trunk. Keep the tree tied only until the roots are established and there is no chance of the tree being blown or knocked over.

As Mike was suggesting, four hours of direct sun is a fair amount. Who knows, the tree might do very well with consistent watering and fertilization and time. Patty's advice is good - give it a chance to flush with new foliage this Spring, then move it if it doesn't perform.

What kind of soil there? Compacted, fine, muddy? Also, can you take a pic of the area when it receives sun?

Josh

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 11:40PM
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