Meyer Lemon - Knowledgebase Question

San Mateo, CA
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Question by gojagoja
March 6, 2001
I've purchased "Meyer Lemon Improved" about 2 months ago. It is still in an original container, sitting on a back porch, where it receives good afternoon sun. We've had a lot of rain since we've purchased it. There are a couple of tiny green lemons with dark purple tint on the tree but have not grown since we bought it. The leaves are turning yellow.
This is my second Meyer Lemon...first one died rather quickly. I am not a pro gardener but I am willing to work hard to grow healthy plant.
Your help will be most appreciated.
Thank you.

Answer from NGA
March 6, 2001
A purplish tint on leaves and fruit can indicate a nutrient deficiency or exposure to cold weather. Here are some general guidelines for care:
Citrus trees adapt well to growing in containers. During the growing season, keep them evenly moist but not sopping wet and provide them with plenty of sunshine. Fertilize according to the label instructions with a fertilizer containing micronutrients (particularly zinc, iron and manganese) as well as the usual nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium found in complete fertilizers. During the winter, reduce the watering somewhat when they slow their growth.

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