I have had a tree for about 2-3 years, in a large pot. Finally moved it to the ground just before fall/winter. It has never produced 1 lime! Is there anything special you do for yours? Food? Location, how much sun?
HELP – I have a friend here in Austin with the same problem.
I’ve had a meyer lemon tree for over three years. Sadly, I’ve only had meager success with it. I don’t have any advice for you but I hope you keep trying! Shannon has had good luck with citrus so read on…
Somehow I’ve had good luck with my Mexican lime and my Meyer lemon trees (well minus the birds and squirrels that were responsible for picking off all of my fruit this year..blah) without giving them too much effort.
Trimming – It is not recommended to trim citrus plants. My mom trimmed her Meyer lemon tree a few years ago and didn’t get lemons for a couple years after that. I believe there are times you can trim your citrus tree, but you definitely want to do some thorough research before you do.
Cold Weather – Citrus trees are super sensitive to low and freezing temps. I keep mine in pots so I can move them inside when it freezes. If your citrus plant is planted in the ground, be sure to water it and cover it up really well with a sheet or some plastic when the temps drop below freezing.
Fertilize – I usually fertilize a couple times a year. Usually with local Flower Power by Lady Bug Brand in the early spring. It helps produce flowers which in turn produce fruit.
Space – Since pots don’t grow with the plant, keep an eye that your plant is not outgrowing it’s home. Look for things like roots popping out of the dirt, or just the sheer size of the plant vs. the pot. I repotted my lime tree this year because it was getting way too large for the pot it was in, and it seemed happy about that.
Location & Watering – Both my citrus trees are on my back porch in full sun and I water it as much as I do my other plants but I make sure to give it a good soaking every other time. Also, this year I noticed that one of my pots wasn’t draining well and that was causing some issues so be sure to keep an eye on that and address it immediately.
Variety – This can also play a big part too with citrus here in Austin, or wherever you live, so that is something you might want to take into consideration. I have had a good experience with Mexican limes, Satsuma oranges, and Meyer lemons here in Central Texas.
If you want more information, this article from Aggie Horticulture has been quite helpful with some tips about growing citrus in pots.
Good luck, and keep us posted on your lime tree!
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