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Old 07-24-2002, 02:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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well, some of y'all who are old-timers here (from before the crash) may remember my quest for the perfect tree to plant dd's placenta in (this was about 14 months ago). we finally settled on the meyer lemon, and it has been growing really well. i take extra special care of it, water it often, fertilize when needed.

here's my problem. the tree blossoms with tons of beautiful gorgeous smelling flowers, then those turn into lots of tiny little green lemons, some of which get a little bigger, many of which turn yellow and fall off. but only twice in over a year, have those lemons matured into full sized, yellow lemons we can use. right now i have a ton of little green lemons (about the size of ping-pong balls) on the tree and they have been there for months. what am i doing wrong?

i love this tree and would love to see some ripe lemons. it gets plenty of sun and water and is potted in a very large terracotta pot. it gorws new leaves all the time.
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Old 07-24-2002, 02:39 AM
 
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I've never had a potted Meyer, ours was a full grown inground tree. But I'm wondering how often are you fertilizing? We fertilized our tree yearly, but in a pot it should get it more often as it will flow out with the water. Also if it's not getting enough water then the fruit doesn't ripen. Terra cotta is notorious for not holding water as much as other pots since it is porous.

Hopefully an expert in potted citrus will come along.
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Old 07-29-2002, 03:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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hey chanley, what do you think?

thanks for your reply arduinna (BTW, it is potted because we are renting and wanted to take this very special tree with us when we finally buy a home)
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My mother has a potted lemon tree that was my great grandmothers. It's sort of a family heirloom.

Ours also will put on a ton of fruit, but she always picks off most of them, leaving a few to ripen. It makes huge lemons (like grapefruit size). I don't know what variety our's is, but you could try that. It probably can't support a whole crop, but maybe could ripen 4 or 5, or at least some more reasonable number.
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