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judy
lime tree dropping fruit

my lime tree gets small fruit but they always drop off, why is this?

Submitted: 09:01PM, 21 Feb 2010
Answer: Dear Judy,

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.

Answered: 03:01PM, 25 Feb 2010

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