The Q&A Archives: Why are leaves on Meyer Lemon tree yellow

Question: My neighbor recently transplanted a meyer lemon tree in his front yard. The soil in our neighborhood is mostly gumbo. I gave him some humus, and cow manure to add to soil. Three days later most of the leaves are yellow. He added some superphosphate to the hole before planting. What ph of the soil do meyer lemons like?

Answer: Laura,

Meyer lemons are pretty tolerant of a range of soil pH levels. The tree's reaction is to transplant shock possibly made worse by either the roots drying out in the process or hot sunny conditions soon after planting or soggy, poorly drained soil conditions which prevent roots from getting oxygen. The best thing to do now while you wait to see if the plant will recover is to keep the soil moist but not too wet.

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