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Citrus General Discussion / Two questions regarding my Meyer Lemon tree
« on: January 26, 2021, 08:10:09 PM »
Hello everyone from Illinois. It's midwinter here. We just got about 12" of snow last night into today. I hope you all are staying warm.  :)

My Meyer lemon tree is doing well. I've been alternating it between a south window and using a grow light. I also have a heating pad wrapped around half the pot to keep the roots warm. My question is fertilizer. I have been watering the tree once every two weeks and I use a very small amount of Jacks Citrus Feed on it. Actually 1/2 of a quarter teaspoon, so it is a very small amount. The tree has about a dozen buds right now. Should I keep doing what I'm doing or should I increase the fertilizer?

My second question is regarding mulch. Back in the summer I picked up some nice organic pine bark mulch. I did not use it on the Meyer Lemon but I did use some on my blueberry bush. The problem is after putting mulch on the blueberry bush I wound up with an infestation of fungus gnats. It might be coincidence, but before I used the mulch I had no insect problems. I would like to grind up some of the pine bark mulch and mix it into the soil of the Meyer Lemon but I'm concerned about introducing bugs.

How can I go about doing that without worrying about introducing bugs into my Lemon tree soil? Is it possible to boil the mulch first without destroying it? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Citrus General Discussion / Meyer lemon tree-yellowing leaves
« on: December 26, 2020, 12:35:16 PM »
Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum. I hope this is the right place to post this.

I have a potted Meyer Lemon tree that is one year old. I live in the state of Illinois in the U.S. I had the tree outdoors all summer and moved it inside about 1-1/2 months ago as it is winter here. The tree is planted in espoma organic potting soil with a fair amount of sand mixed in. I have good drainage. I have been watering the tree approximately once every week and half. I use a moisture meter and only water it when the top 4" of soil read 3 to 4 on the meter. The tree did drop about half of it's leaves over the last month but it did the same thing last year so I wasn't too concerned. I did re-pot the tree about 2 months ago as it had grown quite a bit over the summer. Back in September the tree had flowers and two lemons which never did turn yellow so I removed them after I moved the tree inside.

Right now the tree has flowers coming in. I have been using Jacks Citrus Feed for the last year with good results. Now in the winter I am using it more lightly than i did in the summertime.

My concern is yellow leaves. I am attaching photos of the leaves. I tested the PH and it was 6.5-7.0. Any suggestions as to my problem? My thanks to you for any help.








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