Curly leaves and no fruit on lemon tree. - Knowledgebase Question

Question by carcamomaria
April 17, 2010
The tree is 3 years old and no lemons. Why are there lemon trees at the store already bearing fruit and when you plant them it takes years for it to bear fruit again?

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2010


It can take a lemon tree a full year to establish in the garden but after that initial adjustment, it should flower and bear fruit. To have no fruit from a three year old tree leads me to believe it is not getting quite what it needs in terms of exposure to sun or adequate water. Curling leaves indicates a water stress or an insect infestation. Yellowing leaves on the citrus can indicate a need for iron. I use Iron Sulphate in amounts as recommended on the label, along with citrus food 3 times a year. Water is important so water deeply twice a week in the summer months and once a week November - April. Perhaps the iron and the regular watering will help your edible landscape bear fruit. Hope so!

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