meyer lemon dropping leaves

vaherbmomDecember 29, 2010

My meyer lemon, which has done very well up til now, is dropping alot of leaves. There are also currently about 5 nice-sized lemons on it, almost ripe. Should I be concerned? The upper ends of the larger branches are pretty much defoliated, but there are younger/smaller branches near the base that have plenty of leaves.

thanks for any advice!

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No..Pretty common for Meyer with lower light levels, lack of fresh air, dry heat in a home if warm, and just a fussy plant.

If you start seeing twig die back, then I would be concerned. That spells over watering or a very poor mix for this time of the year.

Also, pest's can be destroyed if this is the cause. Have you checked?


    Bookmark   December 29, 2010 at 6:29PM
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thanks so much. I will give it a squirt of insecticidal soap as I do see two stringy threads hanging on it. No twig die-back as yet.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 9:55AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I can't add anything to what Mike wrote, but I will recommend that you shoot on over to the Citrus Forum.
If you post pics, diagnosis will be much easier.


    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 12:15PM
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My key lime is prone to really massive/total leaf loss in the winter. Put it back outside in the summer and it's fine.

I think it's a mixture of already less-than-optimal indoor lighting being worsened by shorter daylight.

Also watering is sort of tricky to get right in the winter too. There's no active growth, so I tend to underwater. Except sometimes I underwater too much and that also makes the plant shatter, so whatever.

and yes from what I've heard Meyer Lemons are the worst citrus in terms of spontaneous defoliation.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 12:46PM
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