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Mar 23, 2017 6:48 AM CST
I just planted key lime, Myers lemon and tangerine tree.
Should I expect to see fruit this year? If so, how many times a year do they produce fruit?

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Mar 23, 2017 7:17 AM CST
Hi Queeneleazar, Welcome!

I'm not sure but I'd think it would depend on the age/size of the trees you've just planted as to when you might see fruit. You can find information here at our database entries for Tangerine and Meyer Lemons but hopefully someone who grows them will be along with advice:
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
Meyer Lemon (Citrus x limon 'Improved Meyer')
Meyer Lemon (Citrus x limon 'Meyer')
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Mar 23, 2017 8:01 AM CST
Not sure where you are. Here in Arizona, you'll have the blooms right now, and the fruit will be ripe next January. Whether you get fruit or not depends on how old the trees are. But if they are blooming at the right time of year in your area, then next year, you should have fruit. I can see the fruit on mine where the blooms have fallen off after they're done.
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Mar 23, 2017 8:23 AM CST
Lime trees can produce throughout the year - depending on climate, care, etc. Not sure if that is the case for the others as it takes a good time of the year for the fruits to ripen, but I am pretty sure with the right conditions and treatment you might be able to induce multiple generations of flowering/fruiting in a year.

Like Liz says if you are in the northern hemisphere you should either be seeing flowers right now or very soon. Interestingly last spring I had all of 20 flowers and got about 8 lemons this last December, but it bloomed (unnoticed) again in the Fall (which is the first time ever in my experience with this tree - which is a rough lemon), because I have ripening fruit on my tree right now that should be close to ready in a month or two (or three).

My tree is about two stories tall and quite old, this year I had thousands of flowers on it so I am expecting hundreds if not a couple of thousand of lemons next December (Food bank here we come). That said though, neighbors across the street planted a couple of young small trees a couple of years ago, they came in 5-10 gallon sized pots and bore fruit (at least 5-10 on each tree) the first year, so they can bear fruit when small.
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Mar 24, 2017 2:29 PM CST
Different varieties of Tangerines fruit at different times. My Satsuma mandarin fruits heavily in Dec./January here in California 9b. It took a couple of years to produce a reasonable amount of fruit, but has been exceptionally prolific since.

I'm on my third try with a Meyer Lemon (they're all "improved Meyer" now). The first two froze their first winter in a couple of colder than normal years.. The one I have now has been in the ground over a year, and has produced a nice crop this year for it's size. Many are still on the tree while it's blooming.. FYI...If you just leave the lemons on the tree, they will last longer than if you pick them and put them in the refrigerator.
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