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Little Meyer Lemon Quickly Turned Black!

Posted by lemonlam Phoenix, AZ (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 6, 13 at 21:55

Help! I juts purchased this Meyer Lemon Tree from Home Depot about 2 or 3 weeks ago. I've had no problems with it, and there were only about 2 or 3 teeny tiny yellow lemons starting to form (less than the size of a dime). I have been watering it and misting it, careful not to "over water", but all the sidden, I went out there this morning and noticed the little lemons that were forming are suddenly black! I'm assuming this is not normal, what could it be? What should I change, if anything? Also... how long until these blossoms will be full size lemons that I can eat?! THANK YOU to anyone who can help!!!

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RE: Little Meyer Lemon Quickly Turned Black!

It's not much help, but on my 10 ft lemon tree, a small percentage of baby lemons did this and I'd just pick them off. Didn't seem to foreshadow any problems, plenty of other healthy ones came and went. I always chalked 'em off as duds.

Not sure of the actual cause or level of concern though, sorry.

RE: Little Meyer Lemon Quickly Turned Black!

Perfectly normal. This is a very young tree in a small pot. I would expect it not to hold onto much fruit at all this year. Citrus will set far more fruit than they can support, then drop some to all, depending upon the age of the tree and conditions. Are you planning on planting this tree in the ground? If not, I would suggest transplanting it into a large pot, and one that is not black, with you being in AZ. Too much heat for the roots in your neck of the woods.

Patty S.

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