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Old 11-15-2014, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Pie Nellas
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Our new home came with a Meyer lemon tree, albeit not a very productive one. It only has 4 good sized lemons on it, so I don't have any to waste by picking too early (or too late??).

How can be sure of ripeness before removing from tree?

Also: how can I improve production on the tree in the future? The buyers said it was only 2 years old.
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I have a Meyer lemon tree that is just loaded with lemons and it's only three years old. When the lemons are very ripe they will fall off the tree, when they are ripe enough they come off with a gentle touch. I fertilize my citrus trees with a product I bought at Walmart specifically targeted at citrus. It's in a little bag by the MiracleGro and is well priced. I just used the last of it and threw away the bag, so I don't have the name for you - sorry. Btw, I made the best lemon meringue pie of my life using my homegrown lemons and they're great for lemon tea too. I hope this helps.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Pie Nellas
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Thanks, Sunnydee!

Between the owner's move, the sale, our cross-country move, the summer ban on fertilizers...I don't think this tree's been fertilized for over a year. When/how often do you fertilize?

Will Meyer lemon trees bear fruit just once a year, or will they blossom and fruit more often? When we lived in Mexico I had a lime tree on my patio and had fruit all year round, other than two months in the summer.
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