Thursday, March 15, 2012

Meyer Lemon Tree

A good soul gave me a Meyer Lemon tree in sad shape to try to rehabilitate.  It's doing well and I've got loads of blooms on it this year. 

Rumor has it that the tree has to feel old enough before it actually bears -- as in, it doesn't really matter how old it is, it likes to wait for a few years and 'few' can be 'many' if it's not ready.

Weird, huh.

I don't know how old this one is, so I'm pollinating it myself with a tiny paint brush just in case this is the year it decides to make lemons. 

I brush all over the sepals and then the pistil in the center of every blooming flower.   Then I go back and do it again so that everybody is getting someone else's pollen. 

I hope it works.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, does that ever look familiar! I used a photo of our (former) Meyer lemon tree for my banner for a while.

    And yes, using the paintbrush works! We had a few years of really good fruit (before it stopped producing for no reason we could figure).

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