Lemon plant is dying

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  1. Lyds

    Lyds Apprentice Gardener

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am very new to gardening. Last year I started to grow lemon plants (hopefully at some point in the future real trees) and I've kept them in my office. We don't get lots of light/sun, but the plants still started to grow and looked good for a while.

    Now 3 weeks ago I went on holiday and when I came back my plant had started to look dry and leaves had fallen off. I have no idea what's going on. I have tried to make sure the soil is kept moist, but not wet. I don't think I'm over-watering it.

    Does anyone have an idea what the problem could be? I had it next to the window. Maybe it was too drafty? I can't open the window, but it's quite an old building, so not very well insulated.

    I'd be so happy about any helpful advice!

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  2. WeeTam

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    It will need free draining soil, as much light as you can give it,and keep it away from the cold glass at night.:blue thumb:
     
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    • pete

      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      Actually it looks like scorch to me.
      Sunshine through glass that the plant is not used to.
       
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      Above all, don't water it thinking you'll be doing it a kindness! Citrus hate waterlogged roots, so never stand them in a saucer of water, wait until the compost is fairly dry before watering and let the excess drain away. The cooler the temperature, the less water they need.
       
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      • Lyds

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        I don't think it's scorch. I've put the plant away from the window about 2 weeks ago, and it's got worse. I put a bit of fertiliser in the water for the first time last time I watered it, which was Friday and it looks even worse now. How can I find out if the roots are swimming in water? The top soil looks fairly dry to me. I never drown it, only ever give it a few mL of water. Can I just swap out the soil for some more sand based one? Not sure if that would give the plant the rest. I am so confused. I have no idea what it wants from me.
         
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        I think it’s drowning. Lemons need very little water in winter.
         
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        • Marley Farley

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          Citrus need a special feed and a free draining soil based compost.. I use JohnInnes #3 for a fully grown plant.. I would use the seed and cutting one to start with, with yours to establish a good root system... Also it is in a very big pot for one so small so I imagine the roots are cold too.. I use this with my Lime and Lemon with. Very good results..

          The one thing they don’t like is cold wet roots.. Good Luck..
           
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