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Wendy
Hi we have a lime tree that is not fruiting. It just keeps growing without any fruit. It is about 6 years old.

Submitted: 01:11PM, 20 Feb 2016
Answer: Hi Wendy,

Thank you for contacting us regarding your citrus tree. I am sorry to hear that your tree hasn’t been fruiting at all in the past 6 years. It is not normal and I hope I can help you to identify the problems.

Firstly, is the tree a grafted citrus? Grafting is the best way to ensure producing the best true to type fruits in a short period of time. Have you seen any flowers on the tree? Fruit sets after flower, lack of flowers could lead directly no fruit. There are number of reasons: lack of nutrients, water stress, incorrect cultivation, bad rootstock. If it does bloom but fail to form fruits, you should check your watering (too much?), lack of pollinator, low phosphorus in soil.

In general, try to use special citrus fertiliser in spring ( Dynamic Lifter Organic Fruit Food is a good option), which including extra phosphorus to encourage flowering and fruiting. Regular deep watering is essential particularly during warmer months. Protect your tree from pest and disease and check regularly for first sign of infestation to ensure a healthy citrus.

If all the above points have been ticked, you may just need a big patient and a little more TLC, I am sure your citrus would reward you with bucket loads of fruits.

Hope this would help and happy gardening.

Best Regards,
Louise
Yates Horticulturalist

Category: Fruit & Citrus
Tags: citrus, no fruit
Answered: 01:10PM, 22 Feb 2016

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