Category: Fruit & Citrus
02:34PM, 20 Oct 2009
my lime tree gets small fruit but they always drop off, why is this?
It could be that the fruit are dropping due to inconsistent watering. Citrus trees like to grow in a well drained, full sun position and required regular watering particularly during the hot summer months. To help to conserve moisture in the soil, it is important to apply a mulch around the root zone.
The lime tree will naturally produce an abundance of flowers and set an amount of fruit. If it is a young tree it will not be able to support all of the fruit it has produced, and you may find a lot of the fruit will fall.
It is better for the overall health of the tree in the first 3 years of its life to only allow it to bear a small amount of fruit(if any at all). This way the tree will be able to establish a good strong root system which will then in the coming years be able to support a good crop of limes.
It will soon be autumn and this is the time when you can apply some fertiliser. Dynamic Lifter for Fruit & Citrus would be a good choice.
Good luck in looking after your lime tree.
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