Itty Bitty Lemon With Fruit

susan2010(6 Massachusetts)May 7, 2011

My Meyers Lemon, barely more than a twig (though a very healthy twig) had lots of flowers. I expected that any fruits would abort, but there are six (!) that seem determined to continue. Obviously the plant can't physically support even one fruit at this point. Should I remove them or wait for the plant to figure it out and drop them?

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Fruit is expensive to growth, as fruit is a stronger energy sink than foliage or branch extension, so any increase in fruit mass would likely have gone toward an increase in vegetative mass.


    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 9:33PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Plus the limb is likely to split off the "tree" before giving up the fruit. Al

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 9:44AM
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susan2010(6 Massachusetts)

Thanks. That was my intuition. I just wanted it confirmed by those who know more than I do. Snipping to proceed!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2011 at 10:34AM
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jwahlton(9B Kisimee)

It's tough isn't it? I bought a beautiful meyer lemon tree that had several large lemons already. But my friends on the Florida Gardening forum suggested removing them. I hated that, but I understand!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2011 at 6:43PM
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