meyers ravaged by deer

stevereaNovember 6, 2012

I've had my meyer's out in the yard for a couple of years now with no problems. Out of the blue, deer decided to eat all the leaves off of a third to half of the plant. This was two days before I was planning to move it into its over-wintering spot. My question is should I prune off the now bare branches or will leaves sprout out of them? Before this, the plant looked really healthy except for a few yellow leaves toward the bottom of the tree. I haven't feed it for at least a couple of months now. thanks

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Leave it alone, give it a weak fertilization and have hope.

FYI, I have goats at my Meyer lemon farm; and their all time favorite food is Meyer lemon trees. Deer and goats have very similar diet habits. My goats do not eat any of my 15 or 20 other citrus varieties... only the Meyers.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 7:23PM
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it'll grow back.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 9:33PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Don't prune now, it'll be fine (as John and Houston mentioned).

Consider yourself (and your Meyers) lucky. The deer thrashed my variegated Pink Eureka Lemon
with their antlers and broke off entire branches in the ugliest, rudest way possible...and yet
it, too, will re-grow and balance out again in time. Just a temporary set-back.


    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 2:25AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

John, I wonder why they only eat the Meyers. I'll bet that you have a good idea....what is it?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 2:53AM
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I think the goats prefer the Meyers because the leaves are sweeter; it is the same as the rind of the Meyer fruit... it is not bitter like most citrus. At the Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin last year, everyone was peeling my Meyers and walking around sucking on the peels.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 11:10AM
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Unless you are having venison for dinner you'd better block the next attack.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 4:44AM
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