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UPDATE, New picture added. I have trimmed the dead stems away and just over a week it's starting to look healthier and new growth is visible. My question now is, will these new green stems eventually become big ones like the one I cut off or will this tree no longer produce lemons? Cheers.

It's not that old, and it was doing well last year and gave me some nice lemons. Unfortunately, it was left out over the winter, I live in the UK. All the leaves have fallen and most of the branches are now like a fragile brown and white colour.

I have re-potted it and tried trimming it down a bit in the hope it will recover but I'm fairly new to this so any help will be appreciated. I'm just wondering if it's dead or if it can be saved. Picture below Thanks.

I have update the latest picture to this post, should I cut away the thick part and the smaller stems that don't have green stems where I have scratch the surface?



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If it has green leaves, that part at least isn't dead. Gently scrape away the bark from the dead-looking bare stems. If you see green, the stems are still alive. If you don't see green, the stems are dead and can be cut back.

  • Can you see the picture in the link I posted?
    – Trfc Trfc
    Commented Jul 7, 2023 at 7:09
  • @TrfcTrfc - Yes, the green bit is definitely alive. Test the bare stems as I suggested.
    – Peter4075
    Commented Jul 7, 2023 at 10:09
  • Thanks. Basically all bare stems same after scraping. The closer I get to the main part of the tree it then is green. Is it worth cutting back? Will it grow back? As it's 80% of the tree
    – Trfc Trfc
    Commented Jul 7, 2023 at 16:42
  • I have update the original post with the picture once I scratched some of the stems. My worry is it seems the main stem is dead. Would this grow back if cut right back? Thanks for help
    – Trfc Trfc
    Commented Jul 7, 2023 at 16:52
  • @TrfcTrfc - The main stem looks dead to me. If it's dead, it won't grow back. I would suggest cutting the main stem back to just above the green growth, and also cut off all the other dead bits. Don't be discouraged. You have (a) learned your plant isn't winter hardy in the UK, (b) a lemon tree that is still alive, and (c) an interesting talking point.
    – Peter4075
    Commented Jul 7, 2023 at 18:00

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