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    Dr Pips is offline Seedling
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    Default Lemon Tree lost its leaves!!

    Hi All,

    My mum bought me a Lemon tree for Christmas and at the time it looked very healthy with a fruit and lots of very fragrant flowers. I've been keeping it in an unheated conservatory since then, which does get cold and I've been watering it once it has dried out.

    Over the last week or two, it has lost all of its leaves! The lemon is still on there, and almost ripe now, but I am worried as I read that they are evergreen. Do you think it will recover now that the weather is starting to improve, or has it died? There is still some bright green growth, but no leaves.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Dom

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    If there is still green groeth, then it sounds like its still alive, try scraping back a bit of bark with a fingernail, if its damp and / or green then its still alive!

    Have you been feeding it once a week? Lemon trees need a regular feed, if you pop inot your local garden center they should have some feed, there's 2 sorts, 1 for winter feeding and one for summer feeding! We have both a small lemon and a small orange tree, both of which flowered soon after we got them and have fruit on them, we did loose a few leafs until another grape told us of the winter food! Give it a try, it may just work!
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    Apparantly lemon leaves are on offer at Aldi this weeek, but only in selected stores. If not near yopu then this may help:

    Citrus trees are evergreen and will naturally drop an old leaf from time to time. If, however, there is a lot of leaf drop, then the first thing to look at is whether the tree is too dry. This is generally the cause, particularly in the lower half of a big pot. The second most common reason is poor light, so moving the tree to a lighter position may solve the problem. Over watering can also cause problems - do not give more water until the surface of the compost is looking dry. Inadequate feeding may also cause leaf drop: this can be rectified particularly effectively with special citrus food..
    Should the leaves drop for any reason, do not be immediately discouraged, as the tree will most likely grow a new crop of beautiful glossy leaves in a month or two, and flower soon after.

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    Another question.....

    How much cold can a lemon tree cope with.

    I have a cold unheated porch, that is frost free but does get as low as +4 in the winter! would this be too cold to spend the winter days in!

    Kind thanks
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    Hello there Headfry!
    I'm no expert on fruit trees, but I saw this and thought of you!!!

    www.crocus.co.uk/pocket_guide/citrus_care.htm

    Hope that's a help??

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    Nicos that has helped, thank you.
    really would love a lemon tree but lack a conservatory or heated green house.
    Do you know if you can prune them to keep them to say about 3-4 foot high?

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    Why do you need special lemon feed as opposed to normal liquid fertiliser?

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    Default Some hope yet

    Hi,

    I've just got home from work and noticed that there are lots of very small round whitish green things growing, Are these leaf buds, flowers or fruit?

    At this time of year should I get the summer feed or winter feed, or should I wait for the summer feed until it is hot enough to put outside?

    Thanks for all your help.

    Dom

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