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Jul 26, 2017 8:26 AM CST
It's almost the first of August and our Meyer's Lemon tree doesn't have any blooms. We planted it outdoors last year and it's slowly growing. It get lots of sun. Since it doesn't have blooms does that mean no fruit this year? We bought it in 2015. We were really looking forward to lots of lemons this year. Also have a clementine tree and having the same issue with it. Is there anything we can do to get them to produce fruit this year or is it too late?
Name: Elaine
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Jul 26, 2017 8:40 AM CST
Hi and welcome. I think it's the wrong season for your trees to be blooming. Wait until the weather cools off in the fall, and I'll bet they put on some flowers then. Once your Meyer lemon starts, it will have blooms and fruit on it nearly year 'round. It must be just not ready yet. I believe the Clementine is a later bearing orange, so it will bloom in the fall and have ripe fruit in winter/spring.

What kind of fertilizer are you using? Citrus need a specific formula of fertilizer because they have certain micro-nutrients that they need.

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Jul 26, 2017 11:33 AM CST
Your trees may not be old enough yet. I believe both Mandarins and Meyer Lemons need to be 3 - 4 years old before they will set fruit. Your Mandarin will bloom next spring and have fruit ready to go the following late winter (if its old enough).
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Jul 26, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Hello Wilhome, I don't grow that type of lemon tree. But the citrus I had, the calamondin did it this way, first year - just acclimating, all leaf growth, 2nd year,- blooming, 3rd year- blooming and fruiting. The blooms shows up here during mid-Spring.

Make sure to step up watering during the summer months, they are so thirsty at this time with the intense summer heat.

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