Ask a Question forum: Meyer Lemon Tree - No Fruit

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San Francisco, CA
Jan 19, 2019 1:25 PM CST
I have had a Meyers Lemon tree in San Francisco for around 10 or 12 years - big healthy tree about 10 feet tall, and 10 feet across. At times it has produced bountiful lemons, and others in the neighborhood do as well. The problem is that it has long periods of non-production, and they seem directly linked to pruning. I have given the tree a significant pruning two (or three) times in its life, and afterwards it seems that the tree puts massive effort for a long time into rebuilding big, deep green foliage, and no effort into fruit. I do not fertilize on a regular basis, but I learned early on to use citrus fertilizer with proper proportions. I have never been able to find support for the pruning/fruit linkage, but the trend is clear. The only advice I ever get is that the problem seems related to fertilizer - too much of the wrong ingredients result in leafy greens, no fruit. But the (infrequent) fertilizing I do is with citrus fertilizer. Help. Thanks, Matt
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jan 19, 2019 2:39 PM CST
My citrus trees seem to resent being pruned significantly - so I don't.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 19, 2019 2:57 PM CST
Citrus trees aren't usually pruned except to take out branches that are crossing, growing at a poor angle, water sprouts, branches below the graft or are dead or diseased.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jan 20, 2019 4:22 PM CST
Sound like you probably need to keep tree small, due to the space you have.
Prune every year, after fruit is set.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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