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Lemon Tree Leaves

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:29

No, they don't drip feed continually here. Not that I've ever seen.

They make and recommend using Citrus Winter Feed because they're in the business of making and selling a product and earning a fortune. 

Potted lemons are much better off with their roots just slightly restricted. They get lost in over-sized containers. How old is your tree? How big? What size pot?

Lemon Tree Leaves

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 08:47

It shouldn't need winter feeding. The tree is dormant. I'm with Bob, Redwing is overfeeding throughout the year, possibly the cause of the leaf problems. Mine are under cover in winter. I monitor the moisture levels in the soil and wouldn't water more than twice over the course of winter.

Pampas Grass

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 13:28

Well, like me, you hope you did.  After I finished with the chainsaw, there wasn't a single skerrick of root in the soil. I remain hopeful.

Pampas Grass

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 13:03

I managed to get rid of mine* with garden shears, an axe, a mattock, and a chainsaw. The chainsaw to cut up the root section into manageable pieces before removing every last bit of the things.

* He said, hopefully.

Lemon Tree

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 09:55

42cm is about the maximum size a potted lemon would ever need. I've got a tree about 7 years old, taller than yours, in a 40cm pot and it's more than big enough. I think I've potted it up three times in its life as it grew. 

Given that yours is still young, I'd wait till Spring and pot it down a couple of sizes. The roots will appreciate it. Its relative youth also probably explains the loss of fruit. They can take a few years to get going.

Lemon Tree

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 09:27

So the tree is 4' high? From the soil? Still on the young side. What are the dimensions of the pot?

Lemon Tree

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 09:17

How big is the tree relative to the pot? Lemons (well, their root structure) can get lost in pots that are too big for them and will suffer for it. I don't mean they should be pot-bound, just that the root structure is restricted to an extent. As the tree grows, and the root structure develops, they can be potted up, but always with an eye to restricting the roots.

It's common for leaves to yellow and fall off. Sometimes it just happens, or it could be overwatering.

LEMON TREE

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 08:55

I stopped feeding mine (in containers) more than month ago. They're heading into dormancy and don't need stimulation. I enclose the pergola on the terrace with heavy-duty plastic sides to create a large greenhouse. They live happily inside. All I do is monitor the moisture levels. 

Lemon Tree

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 12:41

pansyface's last point is important. Young trees can't support anything like the amount of fruit as more mature ones. I have three trees of varying ages in containers. When young, I took off most of the baby lemons, leaving only three or four, letting the plant nourish those few. 

The kaki tree

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 12:55

Depends on the variety. Our one, the one commonly grown here, needs to ripen almost to the point of over-ripe, verging on a bit mushy. Prior to that, it's bitter to the point of gruesome. 

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