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Southwest Florida
Kristyna
Jul 20, 2017 8:56 AM CST
I live in Southwest Florida and just got my first lemon tree. Does anyone know what this is? All of my lemons look like this... Is there any treatment that could help? do lemon trees need any kind of treatment that protects them in general? I would appreciate any help! Thank you
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 20, 2017 9:02 AM CST
This is just cosmetic damage caused by mites, I believe. You can prevent it by spraying your lemon tree regularly with a soapy water solution - by regularly, I mean weekly or possibly more often. The damage won't affect the fruit other than not looking as pretty.

If this is the first year for your lemon tree, you're really not supposed to let it make fruit anyway. If you remove the fruit the tree will have more energy to grow new roots and leaves and get established in its new home. Is it in the ground or a container?
Elaine

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Southwest Florida
Kristyna
Jul 20, 2017 9:39 AM CST
Thank you very much! What a relief!
The tree is in a container since we live in a rented house. We bought it few months ago. The tree is 4 years old, I believe. Would you recommend to get rid of the fruits? What about pruning? I appreciate your help!!!
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 20, 2017 12:07 PM CST
Oh, yes I didn't see the pot in your picture at first glance. No reason to prune a little tiny tree like that, but how long has your tree been in the present container? Did you pot it up when you got it? If you did, you should remove the fruit to encourage the tree to grow roots and new leaves.

If not, and it's in a fairly good sized container, you can probably leave the fruits on. The plant is most likely well established in the pot. But if you think you'll be moving it up to a larger container, again the fruits should go.

You should also get some citrus fertilizer - citrus have specific needs when it comes to micro-nutrients - and give it about half the amount recommended on the package (because it's in a pot).
Elaine

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