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The falling lemons

The falling lemons



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Question: the lemons that fall


I have a lemon plant for two years and I can't get a lemon! so many flowers so many lemons that regularly fall before exceeding a centimeter in diameter, I have repotted these days, fertilizations every two weeks from February sunny position watering one day and one day in the saucer I do not know what to do anymore.

Falling lemons: Answer: falling lemons


Dear Patrizia,
unfortunately the fruit drop is an event that many lemon growers are used to, especially if they are plants grown in pots; this event usually occurs due to cultivation problems, but in the case of lemon they can be the most varied, and often even of slight entity.
First of all, a lemon plant, to be able to develop its fruits, must be very strong and vigorous, and be at least a few years old; if your lemon is very young it is likely that it will lose all its fruit for some time, before having enough vigor to bring it to maturity. You can try to limit the damage by removing most of the small fruit from the branches, and leaving only a few, the most beautiful and large ones, hoping that the plant will be able to ripen at least those (also choose just three or four).
Fundamental is that the plant is well, very well indeed, so it must be in the right lighting, away from strong wind, in a position with a good change of air.
Watering must be provided regularly, when the soil dries, and you will have to start watering the soil and not the saucer of your plant: dip a finger in the soil, if you feel it dry, water the substrate until you see the water in the saucer.
Avoid leaving the earth for a long time dry, but also to remove it constantly moist; plants are living beings, and as you do, that in summer you drink more because the heat and the sun dehydrate you quickly, even your plant needs watering at different times depending on the season; in autumn and winter watering can be even sporadic, but in summer your lemon needs water every time the soil dries.
The fertilizations are supplied throughout the year, every 20-25 days, using a specific fertilizer for citrus fruits; at the end of winter, in addition to the usual fertilizer, sprinkle a handful of chopped lupins on the ground, which will also be lightly buried, using a small hoe.
Avoid exposing the plant to strong air currents, but also to move it suddenly, especially during or after flowering, in fact lemons do not like changes in brightness and movements, even when they are grown in pots.
If your plant flowers and produces fruit, it is only a matter of refining cultivation techniques, since it is healthy and well, otherwise it would not flower.