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Berniecharli
May 31, 2018 6:41 PM CST
Hello I live in upstate NY and I'm trying to get lemons from a mature little tree that was gifted to me. I got it last summer and it didn't hear any fruit so I pruned it back real good. Almost to nothing. It's a beautiful shape and it's leaves are big and vibrant. I gave it fruit fertilizer. Is there anyway to ensure I get lemons? Is it not hot enough here? Here's some pictures.
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May 31, 2018 6:56 PM CST

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Are you growing in on that shady porch? They require eight to 12 hours of sunlight daily. If you haven't placed it in the sun yet, slowly acclimate your tree by placing it in a semi-shaded spot for a few days, then slowly bring the tree into the sun. It's important to make a slow transition to avoid shock and scorched leaves. Select a protected location in full sun with good airflow.
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ctcarol
May 31, 2018 7:57 PM CST
I agree with Sue, but it may be your tree is still to immature to bare fruit yet. Has it bloomed? Pruning for shape may be the wrong thing to do at this early stage as it may not have enough leaves to support fruit. Citrus trees need full sun to be happy, but indoor/outdoor plants do need to acclimate gradually.
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DaisyI
May 31, 2018 9:24 PM CST
I'm not sure what "fruit fertilizer" is but you should be using a fertilizer especially formulated for citrus. They have their own unique needs.
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Philipwonel
Jun 1, 2018 7:41 AM CST
They bloom in spring.
Flowers need to be pollinated, to bear fruit.
If no pollinators are around, you can hand pollinate with a tiny craft paint brush.
It's really to young, this year, to have fruit, next year though 👍.

I'll give you a plan !
Don't prune it this year, except for any wild branches.
Plan on pruning it, next year after it blooms, and has set fruit.
Sound good to you ?

More sun would be better. But ???
Citrus fertilizer. A yes.

For this fall :
I'd plan on, as big as a pot, as I could handle. To transplant too.
Make sure pot has drain hole/s.

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Berniecharli
Jun 1, 2018 9:44 AM CST
ctcarol said:I agree with Sue, but it may be your tree is still to immature to bare fruit yet. Has it bloomed? Pruning for shape may be the wrong thing to do at this early stage as it may not have enough leaves to support fruit. Citrus trees need full sun to be happy, but indoor/outdoor plants do need to acclimate gradually.


This tree is at least ten years old. When do they start bearing fruit? I mean look at the stem and roots, they're established. It grows new leaves and branches but no fruit.
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Berniecharli
Jun 1, 2018 9:46 AM CST
DaisyI said:I'm not sure what "fruit fertilizer" is but you should be using a fertilizer especially formulated for citrus. They have their own unique needs.


Yes I am. It's citrus/fruit fertilizer.
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Berniecharli
Jun 1, 2018 9:51 AM CST
Philipwonel said:They bloom in spring.
Flowers need to be pollinated, to bear fruit.
If no pollinators are around, you can hand pollinate with a tiny craft paint brush.
It's really to young, this year, to have fruit, next year though 👍.

I'll give you a plan !
Don't prune it this year, except for any wild branches.
Plan on pruning it, next year after it blooms, and has set fruit.
Sound good to you ?

More sun would be better. But ???
Citrus fertilizer. A yes.

For this fall :
I'd plan on, as big as a pot, as I could handle. To transplant too.
Make sure pot has drain hole/s.

Happy days ! Ttfn 😀 Hurray!
😎😎😎





Ok so how can I pollinate it? You said it's too young, how can you tell? It's at least ten years old when does fruit start coming? Please give me any info you have on this. I would appreciate all of it. It may even be older than ten years, i mean look at the stem, it's solid. I definitely will give it more sun and it's already getting citrus fertilizer. And maybe I should move it to a bigger pot.



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WillC
Jun 1, 2018 12:52 PM CST
It is very difficult to get citrus trees to bloom in northern climates where they have to be kept inside during the winter months. In addition, trees grown from seed are often sterile, although I don't know if that applies to yours.

Citrus trees require an acidic soil and that usually means an acidic fertilizer such as Miracid. However, that is unlikely to make the difference. All you can do is to keep it tightly potted and continue to provide the continued good care you have so far. Be surprised if it produces fruit, but don't count on it.
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