Meyer Lemons Are Dropping Off. - Knowledgebase Question

Gulf Shores, AL
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Question by glider
May 10, 2001
I recently bought two Meyer lemon trees. These are my first citrus fruit trees. They are still in the container I bought them in. I have a lot of blooms and lemons already but some of the tiny (1/4" diameter) new lemons are turning yellow and falling off. Should I transplant the trees now or just fertilize them? I decided to keep them in containers because occassionally we get some cold freezes here and I don't want to lose my trees. Any tips on these trees would be appreciated.

Answer from NGA
May 10, 2001

You can leave them in the containers. However as the trees grow larger they will need to be moved into larger containers.

It is not unusual at all for citrus to drop fruit. This is usually due to a young plant that is just not ready to set and mature a full crop load, but can be aggravated by drought, soggy soil, poor pollination and other stresses.

Keep their soil moist and fertilize with a light application of a complete product every month or two during the growing season.

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