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Hi, my lemon tree seems to have alot of new recent growth at the base of the plant.  Should I leave this? The plant has only ever had one lemon so its more a decorative plant. Thanks


  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,502
    Check carefully to determine whether or not it is a sucker and if it is remove that growth.  You'll know if it is or not because it will be growing from below the graft line if it is.  It's hard to tell from the picture as the leaves look very like the new growth higher up.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,717
    Redwing,was thinking the same thing.
  • Thanks Guys. After looking closely which one is the graft line? The 1st photo about 1/3rd of the way up the tree or the one at the base of the tree (not sure why photos are that way round) 

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,502
    The graft is the  line just above the soil so your shoots are above the graft. I think you should decide on what shape you want, either a bush or a low standard and prune accordingly. The plant looks to me like it was intended as a low standard.  Either would work IMO.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,011
    They look like proper lemon tree leaves to me so yes, decide on the shape you want and then leave them or remove them as appropriate.

    What is your feeding regime?  From late spring to autumn they need a high nitrogen feed to promote good leaf growth and then the rest of the year they need a specialist citrus feed high in potassium and phosphorus along with some magnesium and other trace elements to promote flowers and fruit.  There are special citrus feeds available.

    They like their soil on the acid side of neutral so water with rainwater when you can and avoid hard tap water.  If that's not possible, gibe an occasional drink of sequestered iron for ericaceous plants.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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