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Pinch blossoms from baby Meyer's lemon?

Posted by milehighgirl 5/CO (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 7, 09 at 13:16

I just bought an Improved Meyer's lemon tree. It's only about 18 inches tall and now has one open blossom and at least 8 more buds. I hate to ask, but would it be best for the tree to pinch off the blossoms to allow the tree to put it's efforts toward growth?

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RE: Pinch blossoms from baby Meyer's lemon?

I'm not an expert, but if it were mine, I would let it bloom and enjoy the frangrant scents.Wait and see if the blooms sets fruit, sometimes they won't hold the fruit when the tree is young and immature. If they do set, you can remove most of them and leave maybe a couple, but its up to you. When I first bought mine four years ago, I let all the flowers blooms, then by the second year, I let three of the lemons get full size. I think the Meyer is known for being heavy bloomers/fruit setters. Of course you can't tell by mine, lol. I haven't been able to get any of the blooms to set this year, I would get a real heavy bloom, then all the baby lemons would fall off. At least I'm enjoying the beautiful scented flowers...

Good luck with your new tree!

RE: Pinch blossoms from baby Meyer's lemon?

I agree puglvr, Meyer Lemons seem to know how many fruit they can successfully carry, and drop the rest. But you do get to enjoy the beautifully scented flowers anyway.

RE: Pinch blossoms from baby Meyer's lemon?

I would respectfully suggest that you not do it. I bought a nice Meyer for Christmastime and made the mistake of thinking the same thing- save the plant energy for growing bigger and stronger in the spring.

When I plucked every last flower off not only did I lose the heavenly scent of those great blossoms, but the little tree began a downward spiral from which it never recovered (despite my best efforts).

(To be fair, it also was shipped to me with a nasty case of scale, with which I have had no previous experience.) From what I understand, Meyer lemon trees are very, lets say, particular about getting too much attention.

After this catastrophe, I let all of my other citrus flowers fall off themselves, and the little fruits that replace the flowers also fell off on their own accord (with one exception, my Moro, which I think I mercifully plucked the little fruit off to save the plant, which had begun showing signs of stress).

Best of luck!

RE: Pinch blossoms from baby Meyer's lemon?

I would probably say it's depends on what you would like.

Personally, I buy them for the blooms no matter how small they are. I love the fragrance.

Believe it or not,they still grow.Some grow with fresh growth along with flowers...Beautiful.

But if all you want is growth, that may be a different story for you...:-)

Think of this...They still grow huge in the wild, and no one is picking off their blooms in the process...

RE: Pinch blossoms from baby Meyer's lemon?

I say let it bloom. I never pick them off and currently have about a dozen (in various stages of growth) on my 2 ft Meyer lemon.

RE: Pinch blossoms from baby Meyer's lemon?

Thank you all. I guess I wanted to hear that I could leave them. I'll let the little tree decide what it can handle.

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