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Help my Lemon tree is dropping all it's leaves!

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by PhilC, Nov 15, 2021.

  1. PhilC

    PhilC Gardener

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    Hey everyone,

    So I'd recently bought a lemon tree around a month ago. It's a hard thing to know if it's too hot or cold in my house as I've put it in the kitchen for winter but over the last week it's started to drop a lot of leaves.

    What can i do?

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    • noisette47

      noisette47 Total Gardener

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      Hello Phil, I don't know whereabouts you are, but citrus are best kept in a cool, light but frost-free place over winter. They don't like being in hot, dry houses. They can't stand sitting in water either. If you've got a south-facing porch or shelter of some kind, it'll be much happier outside, with provision to protect it when temps dip below freezing. Wrap the pot to protect the roots, make sure any water you give it can freely drain away and cut down on watering until spring. Just enough to stop the compost drying out completely.
       
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      • stephenprudence

        stephenprudence GC Weather Guru

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        The above advice is spot on.. Good light, good airflow and cool during winter will keep it happy - also perhaps repot into a slightly bigger pot as Citrus roots are lateral surface dwellers and need a wider area to spread, but of course still needs good drainage..
         
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        • PhilC

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          I've just left it in a cool room over winter and it's now growing new leaves
           
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            Loofah Well used member Staff Member

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            This my first year with citrus (a small lime) and I've stuck it in the greenhouse over winter. Most windows are missing so lots of ventilation! Leaves seem ok for now
             
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