Lemon tree recovery advice

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,427
    Not that bad considering. Try and keep it next to the house wall. Some leaves will die and drop off , but as it gets warmer, start increasing water and use a citrus feed. New shoots will soon get moving.
    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,345
    Check the newer shoots and prune back to "live" growth once danger of frost is past.  Difficult to tell from your pic - could just be leaves which have suffered.  To make it look slightly better, you can either remove the obviously dead leaves or wait til they drop.
    Little point in feeding just yet - particularly with a Tomato feed as that is only to promote flower/fruit - get the worst of the weather over with first and then use a feed which will benefit the tree overall.  Time yet to encourage flowering - healthy green growth should be the priority at this point in time.
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  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 2,616
    It might just be sulking, you are very brave to keep it outside, mind I dont know where you live,  Last months Gardeners World, Monty says to give them a good soaking once a month, rain water, as Phillipa says too early to feed it, The Citrus Centre Pulborough sell a feed you can use all year save getting a separate winter and summer one.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 2,616
    Silly ***, just seen it says Essex, I have a friend about 10 miles from braintree, and they got far more snow, and bad weather than us in the SE,
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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 2,304
    MrsGlaze, you did the right thing by keeping it close to the house wall and putting fleece over it during the cold snap. The leaves that droop may recover or they may drop, but that is fine, it happens. I would advise against watering anything. Obviously collect rain water for later but whilst the weather is still so cold, just hold back on the watering.

    Lots of people leave them in the cool conservatory or greenhouse, so if you have the space, then do that.
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