Answer: It's always disappointing when fruit isn't quite up to par. Some lemons are just naturally more juicy than others and there really isn't anything you can do to improve the dry ones. On the other hand, if the lemons were juicy in past years but dry this year, inadequate soil moisture might be to blame. Ample water is especially important during fruit development, so make an extra effort to keep the soil moist (but not soggy wet). Water deeply twice each week, and place an organic mulch such as compost over the soil to help slow moisture evaporation. If you've been watering regularly during fruit development, your lemons may be showing symptoms of insect damage. The citrus bud mite can cause dry, misshapen fruit. If you suspect an insect pest, contact your local Cooperative Extension office for control recommendations. (Phone 805-934-6240 for the office nearest you. ) Best wishes with your lemon tree!
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