Vegetables and Fruit forum: Confusing Meyer lemon info

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jan 11, 2017 5:42 PM CST
I've had a newer Meyer lemon tree that was purchased back in the spring. It came with green fruits (which I've harvested when they ripened) and I have half a dozen more green fruits from a late summer flowering. The tree is halfway through flowering again and, since it's indoors, I'm trying to pollinate by hand (which I've done on an older lemon tree). Seems like there are a lot of male flowers (is there such a thing?) and I was wondering why. Looking up male or female flowers on the internet is totally confusing, some saying that there are only male trees or female trees. Can anyone give me the straight scoop? TIA
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Phenolic
Jan 11, 2017 8:41 PM CST
As far as I'm aware all Citrus have perfect flowers and should have both a pistil and stamens.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jan 12, 2017 8:16 AM CST
The majority of the flowers in this flush are missing the stigma (as far as I can tell). The anthers are there but are a lighter color - almost white. I started wondering what would cause that when I ran into the confusion on the internet.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers
Phenolic
Jan 12, 2017 4:26 PM CST
http://forums.gardenweb.com/di...

I searched "flower missing pistil" in Google and found the above link. It seems to suggest that earlier flowers or younger plants may produce incomplete flowers, and confirms that Meyer lemons like all other Citrus should have perfect flowers.

Edit:
A further search produced this link: http://forums.gardenweb.com/di...

If your Meyer lemon flowers still have ovaries, then you could potentially spray your tree with GA3 to produce seedless lemons if the flowers are missing only the stigma and styles.
[Last edited by Phenolic - Jan 12, 2017 4:36 PM (+)]
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jan 12, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Aside from the GA3, it sounds like this problem is more common in younger trees? It is in a small heated GH with horrible lighting even with supplemental light. Maybe that's the culprit? I don't get good winter sun here until maybe Feb. Our winters are gloomy and cloudy.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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