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Cypress, CA
Jan 15, 2019 6:50 PM CST
I've grown a Meyer Lemon tree from a seed, taken from the fruit of my already existing Meyer Lemon tree
But I don't know anything about gardening

It's been doing fantastic so far but for the past few months after I had pruned it, the new leaf sprouts stopped growing and the stalk of it's starting to turn brown
It seems too thin to be growing bark already.
It's in a pot outdoors.

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The dark part on the top is where I had pruned it
It looks awful to me
Have I killed the poor thing?
Should I buy a larger pot for it?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jan 15, 2019 7:39 PM CST
The brown "bark" is normal. It does not seem to have appreciated being pruned, however.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Jan 15, 2019 7:51 PM CST
Are Meyers always on own root, or are they always grafted? He did say it was a seedling.
Cypress, CA
Jan 15, 2019 7:57 PM CST
Do you think it'd be ok to transplant it into a bigger pot?
And should I do anything to protect the dark area where I pruned it?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 15, 2019 8:22 PM CST
Ciitrus trees are grafted to add vigor, control size or to overcome adverse growing conditions. So, no, Meyer Lemons need not be grafted if conditions are right for citrus.

It doesn't need a bigger pot, especially this time of year. It looks like you didn't make a clean cut when you topped it. Your cuts need to be clean and at an angle and then you need to protect the tree from rain and overhead watering until it heals.

There's nothing you can put on the cut to make things better. It would be best to be patient and wait to see where that dark area goes. Or cut again, a slanted cut with sharp cutters. Keep it out of the rain.

Why did you cut it off in the first place?

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Cypress, CA
Jan 15, 2019 8:26 PM CST
It was getting a bit tall and it did really well the first time I had pruned it
But I might have been too heavy handed this time around...
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Jan 15, 2019 8:55 PM CST
In any case, it is a tree, and trees do grow bark, so that shouldn't concern you.
Cypress, CA
Jan 15, 2019 9:09 PM CST
Thank you for the help!
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Jan 17, 2019 1:13 AM CST
You may have cut ever so slightly low.. When you cut at an angle, the bottom of the cut should never be below the bud. The top above the bud looks like it's dying back a bit. If it continues dying back, cut back to another leaf. I don't prune my citrus until February or March.. or even later in Spring. You want to encourage new growth during the growing season.

The stem looks normal in the first picture.. The pot size looks fine for now. I've found that pot grown citrus require frequent fertilizing.

A seed from a Meyer may not produce the same Meyer that you'd get in the store.. Seedlings, just like children of the same parents, can vary. Who know? you may get something even better.. Big Grin
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