How To Make Your Citrus Tree Blossom?

by Barbara
(Ft. Laluderdale, FL)

I have a mature lemon tree that only flowers once a year. I was told when I bought it (2 years ago) that it was everblooming.

Did they tell me that just to get me to buy it or is there a way to make it bloom more often?


Answer

No, the people at the nursery didn't tell you a fib just to sell you a lemon. Lemons are repeat bloomers. So are calamondins.

The trick to getting them to repeat bloom is in the feeding. Give your lemon a dusting of triple phosphate (super phosphate will substitute if you can't find triple)in early spring. Water it in if it doesn't rain. It takes about 6 weeks from the time you apply the phosphate for the tree to bloom. You can apply it again in mid summer if you think it's necessary.

In between, feed the tree any good citrus food every month throughout the growing season. Of course, you'll want to stop feeding by late fall so as not to encourage tender growth going into winter.

If you get this just right, your tree should bear continuously until nipped by frost.

Lemon Tree Care

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