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Itty Bitty Lemon With Fruit

Posted by susan2010 6 Massachusetts (My Page) on
Sat, May 7, 11 at 10:52

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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RE: Itty Bitty Lemon With Fruit

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sat, May 7, 11 at 21:33

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.


RE: Itty Bitty Lemon With Fruit

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

RE: Itty Bitty Lemon With Fruit

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

RE: Itty Bitty Lemon With Fruit

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!

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