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Lisa
Why do the lemon buds on my dwarf lemon tree fall off when they get to a size of a pea?

All the lemon buds fall off when they reach a size of a pea.
They flower, form a little tiny lemon bud and fall off, all of them, not 1 ever grows.
The plant is in a pot, a good size pot, and i water it etc.
I live across from the beach sort of, can salt air be affecting this also??? as my blueberry plant when i used to live away from beach grew well, either the pruning of it or salt air now is making their buds shrivel and fall off also....

Submitted: 10:46AM, 14 Nov 2010
Answer: Dear Lisa,

Could you place your citrus and blueberry pots in a place where they can be protected from the salt spray. I am sure they would improve if you could give them this protection.

I am not sure how old your citrus is, but it is quite normal for them to produce a lot of flowers and little fruits only to discard a good percentage of them only leaving what the tree will comfortably support. If it is a young tree it is not a good idea to allow it to produce so much fruit under the age of 3 years. You want to encourage the tree to produce a good strong root system and it can’t do this if it is producing an abundance of small fruit. By all means keep the tree well fertilised with a fertiliser especially formulated for citrus and make sure it is well watered during the hot summer months. Give your tree that protection from the salt spray and place the pot in a spot where it will received sunshine for least 6 hours of the day. Do the same for your blueberry bush and I am sure your plants will reward you with lots of delicious fruit.
Answered: 04:35PM, 13 Dec 2010

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