10 Common Problems With Growing Lemon Tree In The Pot

10 Common Problems With Growing Lemon Tree In The Pot

The lemon tree is cultivated in homes because it is very easy to grow a lemon tree in the home lemons are mostly cultivated in the tropical and subtropical regions because they can be easily grown in the warm climate but it can also be grown in the cold climate by following precautionary measures.

Lemons are most widely used in our home for adding flavor to drinks, meals, and marinades, and also used to garnish dishes and to make deserts.

Still, it is very easy to grow a lemon tree but we may face the following problems while the growing lemon tree in the pot they are maybe due to unsuitable conditions.

Common Lemon Plant Problems And Their Cure

1. Cold Weather May Damage Your Plant.

When the temperature is below 25 degrees Fahrenheit your lemon tree will be affected. When the temperature is below this limit then you can protect your lemon tree by covering it with a blanket and then with a plastic sheet.

Cold Weather May Damage Your Plant.

And then you will remove the covering when the climatic condition is under control. For a prolonged period, you can also protect your lemon tree from harsh weather by moving your plant indoors carefully.

2. Pest Attack.

Pest Attack. On Lemon Tree

Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale insects, and aphids are the common pest that will attack your lemon tree. If the tree is indoor then move your plant outdoor because the common predators of these pests may kill them and eat and their growth rate is balanced in an ecosystem. To kill insects you may use insecticides spray.

3. Standing Water.

Choose a  pot that has good drainage capacity the nonporous ceramic or clay pot is best for the growing lemon tree because they have pores on the bottom or sides from which the water is evaporated.

Standing Water.

The standing water is bad for the lemon tree because there is a great chance of pest attack and your tree will suffer from diseases due to standing water or poor drainage and also your plant feels difficulty in the uptake of nutrients in the wet soil.

4. Yellowing Of Leaves Or Chlorosis.

 Yellowing Of Leaves Or Chlorosis

The leaves will become yellow or new yellow leaves will be formed in a plant due to iron deficiency this condition is known as chlorosis and they will never become green because iron deficiency is not over located.

The main reason for chlorosis is basic soil or basic water which you will use for watering and which results in damaged roots or root rot diseases. For a temporary cure, you can use chelated iron but for a permanent solution replace your soil with a healthy one, water your tree with diluted vinegar or you can use an acidifier to improve pH.

5. Less Sunny Location.

Keep your pot in a sunny location because a lemon tree requires 8 to 9 hours of light

Keep your pot in a sunny location not in a shady and damp place because a lemon tree requires 8 to 9 hours of light for its proper growth if you do not place your pot in a sunny place then water will stand in your pot or the soil becomes logged due to less drainage of water.

6. Sunburn.

The citrus tree is very sensitive to sunburn

The citrus tree is very sensitive to sunburn especially its bark or cambium so avoid thinning of canopy especially those which covered internal western or southern branches.

Mostly sunburn occurs in a lemon tree when its soft and vulnerable parts are exposed to too much intense sunlight due to sunburn your plant will suffer from rotting fruit, stunted growth, and any number of opportunistic diseases.

But you still can protect your lemon tree from sunburn do not over-prune your lemon tree let’s allow lower branches to grow they will be made a shadow on the trunk. Or paint the exposed trunk with citrus paint which is easily available in the nursery, market, or the superstore, or simply according to the old saying whitewash the trunk of our lemon tree to protect it from the intense sunlight.

7. Pollination Of Pollens.

The lemon tree is self-fruitful, it means that you do not need a second plant as a pollinator for pollination of the lemon tree. If you place your container indoors then place it outdoor at the time of pollination if you do not place it outdoor then pollination will not happen.

Pollination Of Pollens of lemon tree

But you still allow bees, insects, and wind to help out pollens in pollination or you can do it by your- self easily with paintbrushes. Simply pick up pollens as much as you can and then dab them onto the pistil into the center of the flower and repeat the same thing with each flower. If fruit drop after blooming it means that pollination will not happen so tried next time for pollination when flowers flourish.

8. Draft And Wind Storms.

Place the lemon tree on sunny and place with good air passage but do not place it in a windy location because the lemon tree hated drafts and windy storms in this type of situation your plant does not show better growth or results in fruit drops and browning of leaf tips. And there is a greater chance that your lemon tree will suffer from diseases and there is a  greater chance of pest attack.

9. Lemon Scab And Sooty Mold.

As a common sight, you will observe tiny lumps, or wart-like protrusions, which are appeared on the skin of the fruit and leaves which is known as lemon scab or varicosis. But by lemon scab the inside of the fruit is not affected at all, that’s why many people leave it alone without any cure.

Lemon Scab And Sooty Mold

That’s why in severe cases due to lemon scab the taste of lemon may be affected. To control lemon scab we will recommend that you will have to spray copper regularly. Firstly remove infected fruit of the whole tree, then leaves and twigs, and then spray copper before, during, and after flowering regularly to cure lemon scab.

Sooty mold is also a common disease of lemon tree basically it is a black fungus that grows and feeds on the sugary wastes (honeydew)  which are excreted by sucking insects such as whiteflies, and scale insects, and aphids basically they are the cause of sooty mold. Ants are also present but ants are not the cause of the sooty mold because they do not feed on the sugary honeydew.

fungus is present in a small quantity it does not affect your lemon tree

When this fungus is present in a small quantity it does not affect your lemon tree, but when it covers a large surface area of leaf it will reduce the photosynthesis rate. To remove mold from the leaves simply wash off the mold with soap or water, but still, you also needed to control pests in your environment so that black fungus will never be formed on your lemon tree.

 10. Fruit Drop.

Fruit drop is also a common problem of lemon trees

Fruit drop is also a common problem of lemon trees basically it happens due to a reason when a plant sets more fruit than it can support. The first, blossoms drop out without setting fruit, then also pea-sized and golf balls sized fruit falls off from the tree,  and continuous fruit will drop.

Basically, it is due to many factors, but typically it is due to environmental stress such as cold wind, sudden changes in temperature, inadequate nutrition, lack of moisture, etc, or poor pollination.

You can protect your plant from fruit drops by following directions using an adequate humidifier during the early stages of fruit development to maintain humidity up to  50 to 60 percent if humidity is less than 40 percent it will result in fruit drops.

If rain is inadequate then watered your lemon tree regularly. Do mulching to conserve moisture in the soil, and Clear away any weeds which may appear in your pot they will use up nutrients that are necessary for your plant.  In a cold climate protect your plant from cold climates by covering it with clothes or moving it indoors.

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