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meyer lemon dropping leaves

Posted by vaherbmom (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 29, 10 at 17:32

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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RE: meyer lemon dropping leaves

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?


RE: meyer lemon dropping leaves

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.

RE: meyer lemon dropping leaves

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.


RE: meyer lemon dropping leaves

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.

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