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Will I get lemons from a tree grown from a lemon seed?

Strictly speaking something like a sour orange is possible. A lot of things are possible really. Citrus hybridization can get very complicated. There are four 'parent species' of citrus (Citron, ...
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Why does my lemon tree have multi-colored leaves and strange-looking fruit?

This plant is variegated and is likely to be Citrus limon 'Eureka Variegated Pink'. Described by the New York Times as A mutant found on an ordinary Eureka lemon tree in Burbank, Calif., around ...
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Will I get lemons from a tree grown from a lemon seed?

John McPhee wrote a very witty book on oranges, entitled, not surprisingly, 'Oranges'. One chapter recounts an effort to grow limes from seed, due to the pervasive presence of a virus in existing ...
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How big a lemon tree can I grow indoors?

We get a lot of questions about member of the citrus family. Some varieties will flower and set fruit indoors. So, yes, you can grow citrus indoors but they are challenging to keep looking nice at ...
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How should I prune this grafted lemon tree?

You may be right - the grafted part died back, the rootstock took over, and the only part that's left of the original grafted lemon is at the bottom. It shouldn't be thorny - the thorny parts will ...
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Need help identifying this disease for my lemon tree

Looks like you have at least two problems. Let's take the last image first which appears to show Citrus Leaf Miner damage. You can see the channels that the miner has burrowed into the leaf. The ...
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Will I get lemons from a tree grown from a lemon seed?

Your seedling will eventually get lemons if the conditions are right. It could take 5-10 years. Since you are growing from seed, it is impossible to know whether the lemons you get from your tree will ...
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Will a lemon tree grow back after being cut down low?

The smaller the tree was the more likely it is to grow back. Trees put on new growth by activating dormant buds along the length of the trunk. The smaller the branch or trunk the more dense those buds ...
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My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?

It appears to be scale insects. I'm not experienced with scales, but I imagine you can use neem oil and/or diatomaceous earth once in a while to help. I would get the diatomaceous earth all over the ...
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What are these fungus-like things in my tree?

It is lichen, yes - if it's only excessive on dead branches, that's why it's proliferating, because the wood is dead, although it does occur on live branches or trunks of trees as well, though not ...
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How should a lemon tree with yellowing leaves, peeling bark, and small fruit be saved?

First and foremost, the tree is getting way too much water. The soil must dry out between waterings. Water should be on a regular schedule so the roots can depend on it. For fertilizer, simply use a ...
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How to develop fine roots in potted plants

Tree roots are genetically programmed to grow outwards, and downwards in a branching structure together with the tap root. This allows it to maximize the use of the usually infinite space available to ...
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How can I save my Meyer lemon tree?

If you have green living material under the bark then it might not be dead. Lots of die back, yes. I recommend cutting it back hard to remove all dead leaves and minor stems. Then water and wait.......
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Are grow lights bad for lemon trees?

I think it is just over-watering. It takes some time for the plant to find its equilibrium again. Keep it dry and possibly on a cold and shadow place, to simulate winter, to let it restore the roots ...
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Do Orange and Lemon Trees need annual pruning?

Citrus only need minimal pruning - if they are growing the way you want, I wouldn't worry. February is a good time to remove overcrowded branches and leggy growth can be cut back by up to two thirds. ...
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Lemon tree transplantation

Who told you that a plant should get no light after being transplanted? Yes, it is probably not a good idea to put a freshly transplanted plant in direct sunlight outdoors, especially if its a small ...
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Is my lemon tree healthy?

Looking at this picture, to me it seems it may need more sunlight. It looks very "leggy", which indicates it's stretching to catch the light and wants more sun. But I'm impressed it's grown from seed ...
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How can I revive a Meyer Lemon Tree with no leaves?

Scrape back the skin of the bark with your fingernail - do it near the base of the plant. If what's beneath is dry and brown, its dead - if there's any green or moisture, then it might recover - ...
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How can I revive a Meyer Lemon Tree with no leaves?

The hope seems pretty small, especially if it's been like this for any length of time. No leaves, sitting in a saucer-full of water. Either it's been soddened to death or it was parched to death ...
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Why didn't my Meyer Lemon tree produce fruit after it blossomed?

By the looks of your plant it is not yet old enough to produce fruit. If you started it from a seed, it could take up to 7 years to produce. If has been grafted 2-3 years is about normal.
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How can I save my Meyer lemon tree?

I never thought I'd be saying this but that tree is DEAD. For all intent and purposes, no one barring magicians or a god could bring that guy back. Bummer for sure. Let's figure out what happened ...
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Why are the leaves of my Lemon sprout turning yellowish?

You have to post a picture but from what your questions states, sounds like OVER fertilization. No plant needs 'heavy nitrogen' and depending on the age of your lemon tree you certainly want lower N ...
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Folded leaves on a seemingly healthy lemon sapling

I like that you 'roughly' water every 2-4 days! That is a good way to water! This guy looks very healthy and what I am seeing is very normal. This leaf is still 'uncurling' from its 'package'. ...
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Lime tree with older leaves getting brown and dry

Always nice to say, 'you don't have a problem'!! Those leaves can easily be clipped off at the trunk. Your plant looks healthy! Make sure that ALL of the trunk is out of the soil, that you didn't ...
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My lemon tree in pot has curled leaves

If it has been in that same pot in the same spot for a year and just now started doing this, then fertilizer is one likely solution. Get a citrus fertilizer from your local garden center and follow ...
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My lemon tree in pot has curled leaves

I do see some leaves that have dropped and it may be due to the cold weather we are experiencing right now (I am in the same zone as you). In terms of watering, check the soil and if it looks dry ...
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Is there any reason not to keep lemons on the tree after they are ripe?

You are correct to be looking for other causes, and waterlogged clay is a prime suspect. It may be most intuitive if you think about where citrus are native. Waterlogged is a condition to which your ...
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Spots on lemons

Looks like it might be citrus black spot Leaf - older lesions are small, round, sunken necrotic spots with gray centers. The lesions are bordered with a dark brown ring. Young lesions are small, ...
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How to Revive my Lemon Tree?

First of all, lighly scratch the bark to see if it's green under the superficial brown layer. If it's green, it is still alive. To promote new growth remove all leaves because once the plant figures ...
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