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Help needed reviving my Lemon

03 Oct 2011
Sunny 23°C / 73°F

Well I ventured down into the “Orchard” this morning. After 3 years of neglect, I figure it’s time to shame myself into doing something about it by asking for help with the few survivors that are left.

I think this is a Lemon, not sure what variety, and one of the few survivors in the area. The overgrown state may be what has kept it alive, as it has given it some shelter from the open, exposed, windy position it’s in.

By the look of it, it’s sadly needing some nutritional care. So, would any of the citrus experts be able to give some advice on where to start reviving it back to health?





HI Russell, had a very simular situation here with my lemmon tree. It was here when I moved onto my property and in an area I just used for horses so it was pretty well neglected. What I done tiwht mine in dug out around the soil and added some well rotted compost material. Gave it a small feed of blood and bone. Doing that regularly now but only in spring and summer. Found out fertilising in winter apparently does nothing for them. Also started watering regularly. Ive got some pics on my site under the lemmon tree heading. My only problem is now I go told that whoever was here before me cut the wrong branches and all the current branches can be traced back to below the graft, hence will not produce fruit and why it is a tri leaf. Something I still have to check out. Anyhow, all the best with it

Posted on 04 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

Thanks for that. Yeah we also have a couple of oranges and mandarines that are growing well….from below the graft. The cows at the tops and they subsequently died. These will be dug out when I get around to it, unless I decide I want to try my hand at grafting, in which case they may be guinea pigs. Luckily the lemon is growing from above the graft.

Posted on 04 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)


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That is one sick lemon, and there’s no shame in asking. It helps us all to see the whole spectrum!

I’m no expert but I’d punt on it being a severe Nitrogen deficiency. The grass and weed growth around it may have out-competed it for any available nitrogen. Nitrogen is mobile in the plant so new growth can rob it from the old, but yours looks like even the new growth is lacking so it’s either an extreme N deficit, or that and another one being absent which is also on the cards.

It wouldn’t hurt to treat it with that competition in mind. If you can sow inoculated clover around the base then that would be better than the existing cover. Obviously a mulch that won’t rob the soil either – not just fresh woodchips unless you put a really good feed/compost covering on the ground first. You won’t be able to overfeed that one on compost, but you would need to be wary with a commercial citrus food.

Looking forward to a good recovery for it!

Posted on 04 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

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