My dwarf meyer lemon tree came with the instructions to repot annually. This being the tree’s third spring with us, we are on our third pot. The pot is big this time! One more size up and I’ll have to hire movers to haul the thing in and out of the house for me.
I’ve reported on this lemon tree before: When life hands you one lemon… and suffice to say the lemon tree and I have had our ups and downs.
But I’ve been looking forward to this annual tradition of repotting. For one, I wanted to put them lemon tree in a more attractive pot. I found a very nice brick red pot at my favorite gardening store, Stein Gardens and Gifts. It’s a Wisconsin chain, so you won’t find them elsewhere. But if you do come to Wisconsin it’s worth checking out.
My lemon tree has suffered from a few issues. For one, it sets blooms but then they all fall off and I am left with no lemons. I’m not sure why this happens, but I’ve heard that this is a problem for many indoor lemon tree growers. The other problem is that it sheds it leaves a few times a year. I’m not sure it can get the energy it needs from the sun with so few leaves to soak it in.
To address the blossom problem I’ve decided to beef up the tree’s food supply. As I put potting mix into the new pot, I added several cups of organic fruit fertilizer. I am hoping that this will strengthen stem development because it seems that the stems supporting the blossoms just wimp out and break.
Just so you all know, this is my non-scientific totally untested solution to this problem. As I’ve said before I work more on a “feel” basis. I have no idea if this will work or not. But after months of watching blossoms fall off my plant, it seems like the right thing to do.
As for the leaves, all I can hope is that the weather around here warms up and the tree can go back outside. I know how this tree feels–cooped up in this house all winter getting a fraction of the sunlight it needs or desires. I understand wanting to just sadly drop your leaves and look pathetic. And it does look pathetic. I’ve been taking it outside when weather permits. I’m hoping soon it can just stay out there. Especially since this new pot is so heavy!
I used an organic fertilizer in conjunction with some “moisture plus” potting mix.
When I took the tree out of its current container I noticed a lack of large roots. There was a system of smaller roots, but as I moved the plant out of the pot many of them broke free of the tree. I hope I did not cause too much stress to the tree. I tried to be gentle!
Perhaps the new pot, fertilizer and potting mix will invigorate the root system.
My new pot is a few inches wider in diameter than the old one.
Something that bothers me about my lemon tree is a lack of a central trunk. Maybe this is normal? Leave a comment if you know anything about this.
I’m hopeful that the blossoms that are on the tree now will turn into lemons, at least a few of them! They will certainly benefit from being outside where the bees can help them along, the sun can warm them and the breeze can make them strong. The new pot with its healthier blend of potting mix should certainly be a help as well. And now that the tree has more room to grow, it can support more fruit.
Well, little lemon tree… it’s up to you now!