Lemon fruits are produced from blooms nearly year round under good conditions. This guide is about lemon tree not blooming or producing fruit.
I have a mini Meyers lemon tree. It will produce flowers, but then they fall off. I have had this tree for about 4 years, but have had no lemons. It is in a large planter. It is now putting out new leaves, but I want lemons. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance.
Hardiness Zone: 4a
By Debi from Minnesota, MN
My guess is it needs more light. I would get a full spectrum bulb to put over it. I would make sure it gets full light for 12-14 hours a day. Check its fertilizer and make sure it is not over or underfed.
I received a tip last year to take a paintbrush and gently paint or dab each flower to transfer pollen. It seemed to have worked since lemons grew on my tree last year. Hope this helps.
I am from Durban South Africa. I planted an Erica lemon tree almost two years ago and up to now have only had 4 buds and no fruit. Please help!
By Julia R
I have a lemon tree that is over 5 years old. To date it has never bloomed. I have dug a shallow ditch where the branches end and I have put organic compost into this. I also water daily only in this ditch after the monsoons until the next monsoon. What am I doing wrong?
Citrus trees do not like wet roots. Be careful about over watering! If you get heavy rain once a week, you do not need to water at all. I have a huge lemon tree with 100's of lemons and only water deeply once a week because it doesn't rain in California where I live.
I have a lemon tree that is approximately ten feet tall. It is really healthy and has produced lemons in years past. For the past two years, however, it hasn't bloomed. What has happened?
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By Charlie from Quitman, LA
It obviously needs some fertilizer. You should try the special one for orange and other citrus or a cheaper one. Fertilizer for tomatoes, works well. Do it once a week, but not too much. (08/30/2010)
I have a lemon tree grown from a seedling. It is 7' tall and has never bloomed. It smells like lemons, but has no flowers. It is very sturdy and located near an orange tree. I suspect it is only an ornamental tree. Is there anything I can try to make it bloom?
Hardiness Zone: 10a
By Dave from Melbourne, FL
My pear tree wasn't bearing until I got a 2nd tree. Now I have more than I can use. (05/30/2010)
I have a lemon tree that has not bloomed in 2 years and there are no lemons growing. I am not sure what my gardener has done; what can I do?
I have a lemon tree that produces well, but it took several years after it was planted before it started producing. If you have a new tree, maybe it just needs more time and care. Mine is a Meyer lemon tree. (03/20/2010)
I have a Meyer lemon tree that will not grow a flower or a fruit. It just gets bigger and bigger with long thorns on it. What can I do with this tree? Thank you.
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By Peggy from Napa, CA
I had that problem also, then I went back to the nursery where I bought my lemon tree and their gardner told me that you must have a second fruit tree. Either in your property or close by so that they can pollinate. Otherwise, the fruit tree won't be able to produce fruit.
My solution was to buy a lemon tree and since then I've had lemons. Hope that helps. (01/14/2010)
My sister has grown a lemon tree from a seed. It is 7 years old. It has never produced any flowers or fruit. It grew small plants and she transplanted them into pots. Do lemon and lime trees have thorns, and what can she do to produce flowers and fruit on them?
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By Kateyes from illinois
I have a Ponderosa lemon tree which is about 5 years old, produces so many lemons the size of grapefruit! It is not from seed though, and I had an old timer at a nursery tell me that commercial citrus trees are grafted onto a tried and true type of, in my case, lemon. So the base may be one type of lemon, a type that is hearty and freeze resistant, pest resistant, whatever. The top is the fruit I bought. If I take a seed from my Ponderosa lemon, it will not have the good stock of the base tree. (04/03/2009)
I planted Ponderosa Lemon trees from seeds about 10-11 years ago, and in July of 2008, I got my first lemons! I never noticed any flowers on them at all. I checked them constantly, and one day there they were! Lemons! Just this last week I noticed little white flower buds (April 2009) for the first time. My roommate says that I had to have had flowers on them last year to have fruit. I've read that all citrus seeds will produce fruit, it just takes about 10 years for it to happen. Is it possible for these trees not to have had flowers before it produced lemons? I have been all over the web trying to find that answer...but no luck. Does anyone out there have the answer? Thanks in advance for your input. (04/05/2009)
I suppose you have to have some pollination going on. (04/06/2009)
My lemon tree does not produce any fruit. It is about 8 feet high, full of leaves and very healthy.
I have a lemon tree, started by seed from a lemon slice, which is about 10 years old. It has beautiful foliage and grows to about 8 to 10 feet tall each year. We live in an area with freezing winters, so I have to cut it back in order to get it into the house.