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May 12, 2020 1:14 PM CST
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I received a 5-6ft Meyer lemon tree in the mail 3 days ago and about half of the leaves have now fallen off. It appeared healthy when it arrived and has about 15 small green lemons growing on it.
I repotted it in a large pot and put it outside in the sun (maybe too soon). It has been 50s-60 during the day down to about 40 at night. It has also been very windy on my patio.

Is it too soon to have this outside because of cold? More so from the wind? Did it get too much sun without acclimation? Does this happen after a plant is shipped?

Any suggestions to help stop this? I have now moved it inside in front of the window for the next few days until the weather warms up more permanently and the wind hopefully slows down.
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May 12, 2020 6:55 PM CST
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)

Your Meyer lemon is shocked. It was in the dark for a week, got repotted and then exposed to a LOT of sunshine and wind. All of these things can cause leaf drop. It will probably recover. Move it outside to a shady location (inside is just not enough light) and keep the soil lightly damp while it recovers. (Damp, please do not drown your tree.) 40F at night is not an issue for a Meyer lemon.

I would remove the lemons. Right now it is funneling resources into the lemons over the leaves as the plant struggles.

As it starts to grow new leaves you can slowly shift it back out into the sunshine over a matter of a few weeks. Properly acclimated, neither the sunshine nor the wind will bother it.
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May 13, 2020 8:25 AM CST
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Thank you Sumire
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