Lemon Losing Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Edmond, OK
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Question by LWeigel5
May 2, 2002
My Lisbon Lemon put out a huge amount of buds and has dropped most of them. It is still putting out some new buds they are not maturing. I am in zone 7 so I bring the tree in for the winter. We have not put it outside yet as the night time temperatures are still in the 50's. The room is well lit and I water it when it gets dry. What are the probably causes for the buds to drop? Thanks.

Answer from NGA
May 2, 2002
Leaf and fruit drop are common and natural on citrus. The trees set more fruit than the tree is capable of supporting, so they drop the excess. It is a natural thinning process. Also, citrus are heavy feeders and grown in a container where it's roots can't seek out nutrients, it will need regular fertilizing. Try to find a fertilizer formulated especially for citrus and follow package instructions.

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