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Question on how to prune Meyer Lemon Trees?

Started 1350565751.287 in In the Garden | Last reply 1351948505.453 by StylishLady

I have four Meyer Lemon Trees, and two are especially wild. The only problem is, on the tips of lots of the branches, there are blossoms. They spent the summer outside, and I need to move them inside in the next week or so. It is still nice here in northeast Ohio, and the temps are 60-70 degrees.

Last winter, these trees suffered so much, because they were in my utility area of my home which is north facing with a small window. We have florescent lights over the plants, and that helps some, but the main problem is, that this area where they are, has 6 litter pans from our cats, and the leaves were always covered with cat litter dust. I dislike the idea of putting them back in there, I do have a sunroom with east and south windows, but the problem is, I am not sure if all four plants will fit in there. Two need to be pruned, for sure, but I don't know where to start. I googled pruning a meyer lemon last week and came up with a utube video, and the guy really did not know what he was talking about. He was hacking away at the tree and had the nerve to post it on utube. I need to really know how to do this, so that I don't ruin them!

I also need to stake the two larger ones (these are around 4' tall and 4' wide right now. Last spring I bought specially blended citrus soil and we re potted all of them, but citrus soil is light and friable, and the trees are leaning. If anyone can tell me what to use to stake them, I would appreciate it. The only thing I have are some green plastic tomato stakes that I could possibly cut. I am interested in knowing how to attach the stake-would I cut a pice of hose and then put the household twine through that, so that the bark is not damaged? Any help is appreciated!

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Dani Micha­el1351088584.19366 PostsRegistered 5/31/2011

So far, I am not at the trimming stage yet, as we are at full fruit, almost ripe But after Thanksgiving, I will basically trim mine by half. I cut back to a vee or branch starts. Making sure to give plenty of center air space. Each year the tree seems to come back bigger and better. This year appears to be about double the lemon production, and the size of the fruit is plump. Only one has been ripe so far, but the tree is loaded.

As my tree is a good twenty years old, and appears to have had several years of poor care I have been extra kind to it, during the summer my mister's empty at its base, and really give it a good soak.

But, I have no clue on staking, as mine is a monster.

rosehill1351947917.163510 PostsRegistered 10/30/2007

Thank you, Dani. It looks like I will have to wait to prune mine. They still had new flowers opening on them in early Oct. These trees are way out of control. There are very few mature lemons on it-I am not sure why the fruit never seems to get very big.

StylishLady1351948505.4534337 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009Florida

We bought a "cocktail tree" (Meyer lemon, navel orange, Persian lime, tangelo, tangerine, and Ruby red grapefruit all grafted on one tree) and planted it out in our back yard. The only fruit we got this first year were Meyer lemons. I've picked a few already and we ate one, made cookies, and juiced a couple. I've never had them before. They are like a small semi-sweet grapefruit. Quite tasty. We hope the other branches will produce fruit next spring. We have a "regular" lemon tree that has quite a few fruit. I'm thinking of getting a seedless navel orange tree.

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