Gardening Questions And Answers
Borne as single blooms or small clusters of petite white flowers with four to five petals and purplish undersides, lemon flowers bloom from early winter till early spring and again in early summer through late autumn. Lemon trees are self-pollinating, so you don’t require an additional tree for the production of fruit.
Check for flowers on the citrus tree. All of the trees flower before fruiting with small, white flowers. Lemon, lime and orange trees have flowers that have a strong, sweet fragrance, while the grapefruit tree flowers do not have any aroma. Lemon and lime flowers also have a slightly pink to purple-tinged underside.
Among the citrus types most easily killed or damaged by freezing weather are citrons, lemons and limes. Temperatures in the high 20s will kill or severely damage these plants. setting flower buds as temperatures started to warm. Keep in mind the temperature ranges given above only refer to leaf or wood damage.
Cold damage and improper watering, namely watering too much, are common environmental conditions that may lead to leaf drop on lemon plants. Cold damage – Citrus trees in general do not like cold or freezing temperatures. Overwatering – If your lemon tree is dropping leaves, another common reason may be overwatering.
Choose a suitable spot: lemon trees are frost tender and they do best in a consistently sunny environment with adequate rainfall, in an area sheltered from cold winds. Like building a house a good foundation is the key to success in your garden. The better the soil, the better your plants will grow.
Very often the yellow leaves or chlorosis on a citrus tree is caused by over watering or a nutrient deficiency. Citrus need regular water especially in the warm months but over watering can leach nutrients from the soil and cause root rot. If the roots are damaged they can’t take up the nutrients the plant […]
Standard-size citrus trees should be spaced 12 to 25 feet apart and dwarf citrus trees should be set 6 to 10 feet apart. The exact distance depends on the variety. The bigger the fruit, the farther the distance. If the soil is not well-drained, plant the trees on a slight mound to prevent waterlogging.
Citrus trees require at least partial shade, if not full sun to grow and fruit. (My Meyer lemon is currently flowering in partial shade, so I’ll post an update on how it ends up fruiting!). Generally, if you only have a relatively shady spot to plant your citrus tree in, you should avoid these two […]