My Meyer Lemon Tree got itself another year.

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larry_stewart

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I bought this thing close to a decade ago. When I got it it had about 6 or 7 lemons on its already. They eventually matured, and I harvested them. I was excited cause its was the first successful citrus harvest I ever had. Since then, it flowers significantly, the house smells great, but no fruit . I think once I got a single fruit. Its did have a companion, which died last year. Anyway, over the summer, it had 2 flowers. In the past I hand pollinated ( obviously unsuccessfully), bit this year I put the flowering tree near the Bee house. The flowers dropped, so I figured no success. When I bring it inside it is very messy as the hundreds of dried flowers drop along with many leaves due to the shock. I finally gave the tree an ultimatum. No fruit, you spend the winter in the garage and what ever happens, happens . To my delight I found this grape sized fruit on the plant. Hopefully it matures. Im afraid the season change, and going from outside to inside may shock the plant and drop the fruit.
 

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blissful

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I'm so glad you had 'the talk' with the tree. Then it produced a lemon for you as an answer. You've had it for a long time!
 

pepperhead212

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Glad to hear you finally got something on it!

I never heard about these kind of trees needing another plant, to pollinate them, like they often say about tomatillos and some nuts, that are self-incompatible.
 

larry_stewart

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I've seen/ read that although self pollinating, still increasing the yield of you have a second. When I bought it/ them, they were cheap enough to just get two. One always looked better than the other ( thats the one that ultimately survived). I was actually planning on repotting and heavily pruning it , but now with a fruit on it, I don't want to mess with its current status in fear of losing the one fruit it has ( which will probably drop once I bring it in for the winter).
 

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