Why?

3 Feb

Why won’t my lemons ripen?

2015 saw me receive a Lemon tree as a gift from my son.  Yay, I love lemon curd.  My Pop had bought us a Lemon tree when were first married  but we had to leave it in the garden of our first house.

Gardening in the country has a few more challenges than the city.  Mostly from Possums and Wallabies.  The first night my lemon was left on the back deck someone had a nibble on the stem and gorged on the new leaf buds 😦

Then the first, second and I don’t know how many flowers have been lost in the wind.  Westerly winds and I are not friends  😦

Then the fruit would set, get to about the size of my pinky and drop off 😦

Then the fruit would grow bigger and disappear, I suspect the wallabies were picking it off.

Finally, it appears the tree is strong enough, there is plenty of decent sized fruit, there are new flowers, there is new fruit budding……… but nothing is ripening.

I think I can see some hints of yellow, maybe.  How long can a lemon sit on a tree?

My latest lemon tree love is a new fertiliser, instead of a water soluble weekly solution, I’ve scattered a slow release that according to the packet can last up to 6 months, and is only used by the plant when it needs it.

If anyone is a lemon guru and has any advise please leave a comment.

 

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