If you’ve been following my lemon tree saga, you may be wondering how the tree is doing now.
After bringing the tree indoors around Halloween I haven’t done much with it. It sits next to our South facing glass doors and on sunny days it can soak in whatever rays penetrate our energy-saving glass.
Around early December I noticed it was developing the tell-tale bumps that would later become blossoms. By Christmas, dozens of tightly closed blossoms graced the lemon tree. This week, many of them are opening up and I am thoroughly enjoying their citrus-y perfume.
Now that they are open, it’s my job to take nature’s place and pollinate the tree. I do this with a tiny paintbrush, simply dabbing the centers of the blooms gently. I try to do all the open blooms once and then come around and hit them again with the pollen from the other blooms hopefully being distributed. Does this really work?
Honestly, I don’t think it did last year. But time will tell. And short of keeping bees in my house, this is pretty much the only way to do this. Now I will sit back and wait to see if the tree holds onto any of these blossoms and whether or not any of them will produce an actual lemon. Already, some have fallen off as they have in years past.
I will hold out hope for a different ending to the 2012 lemon tree story. And if it’s not to be, then I’ll just be glad for the special scent of these January blossoms and the bit of sunshine they bring to my winter world.
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