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Oregon (Zone 8b)
May 3, 2020 2:59 PM CST
|This is my first time growing a lemon tree. I bought a dwarf improved Meyer Lemon tree in early March of 2020. I repotted and fertilized it about two weeks after I bought it. It seemed to grow really well until about 3 weeks ago. It started to go into dormancy and the petals of the flowers started falling off. I thought it needed more water as the soil was quite dry near the top of the plant. About a week ago, I realized that I had been water logging the plant (via yellowing leaves at the bottom of the plant) and stopped watering it. Today, I checked the plant and realized a couple of the pistils are turning brown. Is this normal? Is this a sign of root rot? What can I do to try to fix this (if this isn't normal?)
May 3, 2020 4:31 PM CST
Citrus sacrifice their crop of fruit when they become stressed. Your lemon has be repotted, fertilized and overwatered in a matter of weeks. Three stressful events.
Citrus don't go dormant in spring but, any one of those stresses could kill it. Don't overwater, don't fertilize again until next spring.
Citrus trees do better under watered than overwatered but, its not a good idea to do either.
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President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Southern California (Zone 10a)
May 3, 2020 7:05 PM CST
|Is the potting mix cactus mix? Citrus doesn't like wet feet. Cactus mix drains fast.
Fertilizer should be citrus food.
A Meyer can live forever in a container that's 24 inches or more.
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