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Lemon Tree Advice Needed Please?

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,628
    I would leave it for now, since your cute little plant may get disturbed as you start cutting it down. Others might offer different advice.
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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,628
    Unless I'm seeing things, on your main trunk to the left side, on the top photo, there looks like a thin green shoot? If it is green colour, I think for later on, when you do prune down, maybe only prune just above that shoot as it may grow more stronger once the top part of the trunk is removed. Energy will divert towards that area. 
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,851
    It looks like a grafted plant. The shoot from the bottom is from the rootstock. Anything from above the knobbly grafting point will be the lemon.   Prune it down carefully, only taking dead wood off. Stop when you cut into live wood.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • My lemon tree looks exactly the same as yours, for the same reason! I am leaving mine strictly alone, it is outside, in a sheltered corner, giving the new growth time to develop and strengthen. I am trying to care for it better, keeping it watered and promising it will be brought inside for the winter. I am not over feeding it as I want the new stems to toughen up rather than be soft, I will thin it out next year if it needs it.

    Good luck with yours.


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    edited July 2018
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  • No fruit yet. Mine is Myers variety, bought as the most reliable to fruit in this country.

    I had a lemon tree previously which did crop, if the fruit is left on the tree until fully ripe they are delicious eaten raw, totally unlike the sour things we buy in the shops. The flavour is wonderful, didn't even need gin to help things along. My poor tree was much bigger than yours so I am doubly ashamed to have neglected it. I have a large glazed pot to move it into eventually, I was planning to grow it on indoors but have found in the past that indoor trees are plagued with scale insect infestation, woolly aphids also are quite partial to them.

    Citrus trees are quite thirsty so need to be kept damp, any length of dryness will encouraged scale insects etc. If I find any I wipe the stems, top and under surface of every leaf right down into all of the crevices with methylated spirits and a stiff paint brush, you can use neat alcohol such as vodka or gin. What a waste! Also a strong solution of washing up liquid in water which should then be washed off can be used.

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