Fruit and Vegetables

Lemon without leaves


Question: a lemon tree?


Hi I bought a lemon tree about a month ago and put it on my balcony, I changed the vase and almost after a month it is losing and has yellow leaves. My tree is not tree-like with a main high trunk, but 3/4 briquettes come out of the earth at different points and long branches all attached and twisted together. What kind of lemon plant will it be and become a sapling?

Lemon without leaves: Answer: the habit of lemons


Dear Carlo,
lemons in nature are shrubs or small trees, the fact that their development takes place as a tree, with the stem erect and bare, or with a round shrub, with branches that start close to the ground, depends on the hand of man; consider that almost all the citrus plants that are on the market are grafted, and to do this, the stem is cut and branches of the citrus variety chosen for cultivation are grafted onto it. In citrus orchards there is often a tendency to keep a low trunk, so that the tree develops its foliage not too high with respect to the ground; this only and exclusively for reasons related to the harvest of the fruits, which becomes simpler if the branches are not higher than two or three meters. In any case, it is usually evident where the plant has been grafted: in essence there should be a clear cut of the stem, and lateral branches, which when they take form around the base a sort of enlarged callus. All the branches that develop from the grafted branches will be floriferous and fruit-bearing; the branches that develop below the graft point, on the other hand, are "wild" branches and therefore will never bloom, rather their development "removes" nutrients and water from the branches that will go to flower, and therefore it is convenient to remove them. If, on the other hand, you do not notice any grafting point, it is likely that your citrus is completely wild, and then it is unlikely that it will ever produce flowers and fruits. Not having a photo is difficult to understand the structure of the plant; if there are many neighboring branches, which twist and develop against each other, it is convenient to choose some branches and cut the others at the base, so that the plant acquires a more open and harmonious bearing. As for the loss of leaves, even that can depend on a series of problems; first of all, it happens that in many plant shops (often in shopping centers) plants are sold inside the store; already in January and February they begin to put spring plants in the lanes, keeping them exposed to the climate modified by heating; therefore we find ourselves with a garden plant (often a fruit plant) which was a few days, or weeks, at about 20 ° C. We take it home, and put it on the terrace, causing a strong thermal stress. If, on the other hand, you have taken your lemon in a nursery, which kept it outside, it is likely that your lemon has suffered from repotting, or has problems related to excessive watering or deficiencies; remember that the lemon loves regular watering, but to be provided only when the soil is well dry, and avoiding excesses or drought.