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Startingover 10-08-2013 09:19 PM

where did my lemon tree go?
I do on occasion doubt my sanity.

Last yr after buying this house I had 20 lemons on a small lemon tree. It was my favorite of all my citrus trees. I faithfully watered and fertilized it and was anxiously awaiting the 200 lemons it produced. I was going to share with the neighbors and make lemon bars.

This crop did seem a bit rounder than previous yrs crop. And the color as they ripen seemed a bit different, but what do I know?

Today I picked 2 lemons and cut them open and even ate them. THEY AREN'T LEMONS, THEY'RE ORANGES :mad: and they're not even good oranges.

I guess this has to do with grafting. I'm calling my Ag. ext. office. I suppose it will never go back to lemons. We had a few freezes last winter but my tree didn't die back. I'm amazed that this happened.

Probably not that many here are from climates which grow citrus, but took a chance that someone could shed some light on this strange thing. I'll keep the tree even tho I don't like it anymore, cause the birds like to nest in it. Next spring I'll buy a lemon tree from a native nursery.

djlandkpl 10-08-2013 09:22 PM

I guess the saying when life gives you lemons make lemonade doesn't work.

biggles 10-08-2013 09:35 PM

bees moving the pollon around and if they need a cross fruit tree to produce bees brought over pollon from the orange trees

Startingover 10-08-2013 10:30 PM

biggles, I do have swarms of bees here because of all the flowers I planted for butterflies, plus they've literally covered my hummingbird feeder and post, at times, to where I couldn't see either.

chrisn 10-09-2013 01:40 AM

It would have nothing to do with the bees. The original tree was some kind of graft.

Startingover 10-09-2013 06:27 AM

chrisn, interesting that it happened to so many others. Thanks for the link. Curious that it's happened to others who moved into a new home.

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