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I have had a lemon tree for about a year, and I know the basics.  But it has just come into flower for the first time and now I need some advice.

It has a huge number of flowers and buds. Should I remove some?   Some have fallen off.

Do I need to pollinate it, as it is now indoors for the winter?  The flowers are extremely fragile and touching them causes them to fall apart.

Is there anything else I should know?

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  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    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. 

  • Dux2Dux2 Posts: 9

    Thanks, guys, that was a great help.  It is more or less what I was thinking, but now I know.image

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,716

    Dux2, where are you overwintering? We have 6 lemons, Hubby likes them in the conservatory, where they will flower in winter, but the warmth keeps the scale insects going, everywhere sticky, so they are in unheated greenhouse, they have quite large fruit, lost their leaves, though. (frost warning tonight) so going to bubble wrap as soons as it gets light.  He pollinates them with a kids paintbrush.  |We dont remove any fruit, we let the plant do that.  It is nice to have the flowers in winter nice smell, but I dont think the fruit would do well.  The fruit on ours has been growing several months.

  • Dux2Dux2 Posts: 9

    Thanks for your help.  My tree is in the conservatory, which is heated during the day but not to a high temperature - unless the sun's out, of course - and I would prefer it to stay there if poss.  I too have been going round with a paintbrush, and there are the first signs of fruit forming so I will keep an eye on how many stay on and remove some if necessary as pansyface and italophile advise.  This first year is bound to be a bit of trial and error, but that is the fun of it.  Again, my thanks to all. 

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,716

    I know Monty says do not put them in a conservatory, mine faces north east, but in the summer can get into the 30s.

  • Dux2Dux2 Posts: 9

    Mine faces south and can get very hot even with blinds.  But during the summer my lemon tree spent its time in the fresh air sunning itself (well, sometimes!) on the terrace.  It seems to be thriving so far.

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