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Nov 11, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Hi! I have an indoor lemon tree with quite a lot of fruit on it. Should I be fertilizing while it's fruiting?
Name: tarev
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Nov 11, 2017 12:02 PM CST
I don't fertilize any of my plants during winter. I resume them in late Spring when the plants have better ambient growing conditions.
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Nov 11, 2017 12:22 PM CST
I fertilize my citrus trees while they are producing fruit, but they are growing in the ground. I do not know how to care for potted trees.
Nov 11, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Thanks for responding! can't seem to find anything online about fertilizing while fruiting!
Name: Will Creed
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Nov 11, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Fertilizing indoor plants is vastly over-rated. It really does not matter if you fertilize when it is bearing fruit. That's probably why you are not finding any information about it. If you do fertilize, do it no more than monthly and at half strength.
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Name: Daisy I
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Nov 11, 2017 1:20 PM CST
And use fertilizer especially formulated for citrus trees.
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Nov 11, 2017 1:30 PM CST
You guys are awesome! Thanks! I'm so excited to actually get lemons!
Name: Karen
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Nov 11, 2017 1:33 PM CST
If this is your first year with fruit on your tree, I would have thinned them. The resulting fruit would be bigger and better than if you leave all of them on.
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Nov 11, 2017 1:39 PM CST
Was wondering about that! There were a crazy number of flowers, and still a lot that didn't drop off and are fruiting! thought was too much fruit for such a small tree- should it be thinned this late in game?

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