The Q&A Archives: Fruit Trees

Question: I live in Port Charlotte, FL. I currently have a Lemon Tree that has green lemons on the tree, the tree has never bore fruit yet it was just planted in March of this year. My question is do I remove the lemons that are currently on the tree now? And when is the time of year that the tree bears fruit for picking and eating?

Answer: You don't need to remove the lemons. If the tree is strong enough to grow them to maturity, you will be able to harvest them later in the year. Lemons take months to ripen and they will hang on the tree for months after they are fully ripe. The only way to tell if they're ripe is by tasting one. If one is ripe, the rest of the crop of the same size and age should be ripe, too. Sometimes they drop from the tree when they're ripe; sometimes they hang on the tree for months after they ripen. A taste test is the only sure way of determining the ripeness.

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