The Q&A Archives: Meyer Lemon Losing Flowers and leaves

Question: My Meyer lemon tree is losing all the flowers and leaves. If bloomed beautifully and then the flowers started to fall off. What kind of fertilizer do I need for it?

Answer: It sounds as though your lemon tree is suffering from a little shock. It was probably grown under ideal conditions in a greenhouse and when you brought it home, things were not quite the same. The tree is going through an adjustment period and when it adapts to the growing conditions in your home, it should once again produce flowers and fruit. Like most houseplants, citrus thrive in a normal temperature range, of 70 degrees during day, to 55 to 55 degrees at night. Citrus trees prefer full sun from a southern exposure. If that's not possible, you can supplement the light by installing 40-watt fluorescent shop lights above the plant, keeping it on 14-16 hour a day. As for moisture, you'll need to keep the soil evenly moist and since most interiors are quite dry, mist your plant often -- daily if you can. Give your lemon tree a shower occasionally to remove dust.

You can feed your tree with a half-strength dilution of liquid fertilizer (such as a 20-20-20) every 3-4 weeks to keep it healthy and happy.

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