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Lemon Tree

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Question: 1091-614
I purchased a lemon tree when it was five inches tall. It is now four years later, five feet tall and still no sign of fruit. What can i do to induce flowering? Pete, Preston, CT

Mort's Answer:
Ammonium sulphate will help with a pinch of boron. The plant is mature enough to start to produce fruit. When the flowers appear, you will need to cross pollinate with a Q-tip. Be careful not to injure the flowers when you insert the Q-tip. I would also recommend putting the plant in a clay pot. It likes to be on the moist side. Add a tablespoon of 5-10-10 to the new soil for strength in the stems and flowers. Do not repeat the 5-10-10. Putting it outdoors in the summer will help. Indoors, it should be at a constant temp near 70 and away from drafty doors and windows.

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Question: 1276-1916
My lemon trees that I purchased this winter have lost many of the leaves and some fruit. It was doing well. They are about a foot and a half tall. I used 10-10-10 fertilized about a month ago. Could that be related? Mary, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Your lemon tree not very pretty because of too much TLC. While 10-10-10 is inexpensive, it is not for all plants. Excessive nitrogen can cause a burst of growth that the lemons could not handle. If the plants are not in clay pots, transplant them now to clay. Do not use any more fertilizer for a year. You could cut a couple of inches from the terminal shoots. It should come back with less nurturing.

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