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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.

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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, 2012

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

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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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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.

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, 2011

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.
Good luck!

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

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