Fruit and Vegetables

Lemon fruit

Question: lemon fruit

my lemon puts so many flowers it makes small fruits but then they become dark and dry up I don't know what to do. Thanks for the reply.

Answer: lemon fruit

Dear Miki,
it often happens that fruit plants lose their fruit, especially when they are still small; in particular, when it comes to a lemon, it is generally a problem related to watering: the small fruits dry up if the plant is watered excessively (or really infrequently and scarce), or when it lives in an unsuitable climate. Lemon plants originate from Asia, where they were cultivated for millennia, before they arrived in Africa and on the Mediterranean coasts. If you imagine an orange grove, think of the warm sun of Sicily or Campania, with a nice change of air; mild winters and hot summers, and a humid and often very strong air. The citrus trees are very beautiful, even when they do not produce their precious fruits; they have large shiny evergreen leaves, very fragrant flowers, a dense crown. For this reason it happens to decide to grow a lemon even if we live in Padua and we do not have a garden. The result is that the piata is often kept in pots, and during the winter the main problem consists in keeping the plants sheltered from the winter frost, because they survive, and not the flowers or the fruits. From what you say your plant is in good health, since it blooms without problems; but it may happen that lemon plants, especially if grown in pots, need some help at the time of fruiting. First of all they need to be outdoors, in a cool and sunny place; watering must be regular, to be provided only when the soil is dry, but wetting the substrate well in depth. Since the plant begins to bloom, it is also important to supply fertilizer. The lemon plants almost never have a period of vegetative rest, and therefore generally at the end of autumn a slow release fertilizer is given, rich in nitrogen; after flowering the fertilizer must change radically, as it must contain a greater quantity of potassium and phosphorus, to the detriment of nitrogen. Also in this case, granular fertilizer is supplied, to be left at the foot of the plant, which will dissolve with watering. Traditionally, at the foot of the citrus fruits, a small quantity of chopped dry lupins is mixed with the ground each year, which, as well as enriching the soil with organic substance, contribute to keeping the soil fresh and crumbly.