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Lemon fruits are produced from blooms nearly year round under good conditions. This guide is about lemon tree not blooming or producing fruit.
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January 18, 2011

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

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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January 23, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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October 30, 20120 found this helpful

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!

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By Julia R

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November 4, 20120 found this helpful

Doesn't sound like it got pollenated. Most trees you need more than 1 tree for this to happen.

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August 22, 20160 found this helpful

I'm also from Durbs, my lemon tree hasnt flowered at all. I am trying bonemeal and banana peels for phosphorous and potassium.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 25, 2017

I used to live in New Mexico and my Meyers lemon tree did great. I moved to northern Brazil and brought the tree. It grows great - almost like a bush, but quit producing lemons and flowers.

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Not sure what to do since it grows great.

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

It's in shock after the transplant. Give it time to adapt.

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May 12, 20110 found this helpful

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?

By Marie

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July 2, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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Good luck!

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January 18, 20110 found this helpful

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 smith from Quitman, LA

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Lemon Tree Not Blooming or Producing Lemons

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)

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By Olga Proniewski

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August 25, 20100 found this helpful

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

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Lemon Tree Not Blooming or Producing Lemons

My pear tree wasn't bearing until I got a 2nd tree. Now I have more than I can use. (05/30/2010)

By Jean

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May 28, 20100 found this helpful

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?

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By ona

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Lemon Tree Not Blooming or Producing Lemons

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)

By Nan Corpe

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February 14, 20100 found this helpful

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 Manning from Napa, CA

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Lemon Tree Not Blooming or Producing Lemons

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)

By Rosa

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January 12, 20100 found this helpful

My sister has grown a lemon tree from a seed. It is 7 years old. It has never produced any flowers or fruit. Do lemon and lime trees have thorns, and what can she do to produce flowers and fruit on them?

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March 31, 20090 found this helpful

My lemon tree does not produce any fruit. It is about 8 feet high, full of leaves and very healthy.

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December 23, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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