Help with Meyer Lemon

LisaPDXFebruary 6, 2011

Hello -- I have my first meyer lemon tree, received in May for mother's day, in a container. The plant is about two feet tall and two feet across. It was doing well over the summer out on our sunny patio. It bloomed profusely, but didn't set any fruit.

It is now inside, in a south, south-west facing window, with a full-spectrum lamp on it during the day.

I recently figured out that it had a spider mite infestation, and have been treating it once per week with an insecticidal soap.

It is dropping leaves . . . .a LOT of leaves. About 50% or more of them. About 20 leaves a day.

After reading the wonderful posts here, I am thinking that my poor tree has been BEYOND overwatered. The soil is heavy, soggy, wet . . . .

SOOO, do I just wait for the soil to dry out on its own? Will that save the tree, or do I need to somehow dry it out more proactively?

ALSO, I just noticed today that the soil has both what appear to be "pedes" . . not sure if they are centipedes or millipedes, and what look like tiny baby earthworms. Are these pests that need to be removed . . . or just "things that happen" with indoor/outdoor plants?

Help Help Help!!

***I am not a person who knows anything much about plants really****

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Yikes! First, I would depot the plant and inspect the roots and try my best to determine the extent of the damage. If the roots are sour smelling, black, slimy, you probably need to repot to save the tree. If, by chance, the roots appear ok, you could set the plant (out of the pot) on newspaper overnight so the soil mass can dry out, then return it to the pot. I can help you with more precise directions and some tricks that will help you keep the soil from getting too soggy again if the roots are ok. If it needs a repotting, we can address that as necessary, if you're willing to put the effort into it.

The insects in the soil are PROBABLY feeding on dead plant material. Hopefully, getting your watering habits and soil moisture levels under control will also bring the insect population under control. Let's see what you have to say about the condition of the roots & whether or not you want to make the effort to repot it if it needs it.

Best luck. ;o)


    Bookmark   February 6, 2011 at 11:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

What is the temperature in the room? Meyer lemon does not need high temps in the winter, just enough to keep it ticking over. Mine lives in a cool glazed porch in the winter where it flowers and awaits its trip back outdoors in March. It gets a little water when really dry and removal of dead leaves. I keep the surface of the soil scratched up a little so it doesn't compact and gates a bit of air. Also you need to watch out for scale which is worse when there is no wind and rain on the foliage.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2011 at 11:48AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Fiddle Leaf Fig & Baby Jade help...
I've had this fiddle leaf fig for about a year. Why...
Can anyone ID this tree?
It's about 8' tall, a normal 'tree shape'. We got it...
The "Show Off" Thread
I love coming to this site for all kinds of useful...
Options to water the plant while away from office .
Dear All Would like to know your opinions on any options...
Desert Rose That Will Not Bloom
I have a desert rose that is roughly 4 or 5 years old....
Tiffany Martin
Sponsored Products
Prairie Collection Rug 5'6" x 7'5" - AMBER
$1,799.00 | Horchow
Living Room Bird Table Lamp
Jardin Versailles II Wall Art
$379.00 | FRONTGATE
Messina Thermostatic Bamboo Shower Panel W/Hand Shower & Jet Spray Panel-Bamboo
Signature Hardware
Elite Cuisine Stainless Steel 8.5-quart Slow Cooker
Eroded Color Multi-Colored Rectangular: 5 Ft. x 8 Ft. Rug
$120.95 | Bellacor
Square Devon Self-watering Planter
Grandin Road
Alo LED Table Lamp by Cerno
$445.50 | Lumens
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™