Meyer lemon - Leaf miners and care

Asked August 22, 2016, 10:11 AM EDT

Good morning- I bought a dwarf Meyer lemon tree from the Fort Bend county master gardener sale in February and planted it in a pot on my patio. It seems to be doing well, but I have questions. There is a lot of information out there, and I would like specific answers for our area (Sugar Land).

1. When should the tree start producing fruit? We had 3 small lemons that never turned yellow after 2.5 months, so I removed them.
2. The citrus leaf miners seem to love this tree as well. I've read that there is nothing that can be done, so is that the case?
3. What is the proper fertilizer and schedule to use for this tree? It seems there are 100 opinions out there about this.

Fort Bend County Texas

1 Response

Howdy!

First off, thanks for supporting our Fort Bend Master Gardeners. Ok, generally, the first year, maybe second depending on growth, it is best to remove any fruit. This helps the tree establish faster, giving you a bigger better harvest quicker. Secondly, if you haven't already, you may want to put these in larger containers. I would personally use a 15-20 gallon pot with good drainage and quality planting mix to allow for drainage. For leaf miner, it looks ugly, but generally not a big issue. Treatment is difficult, but very possible, if you are dedicated. Fertilization is easy. Don't get suckered into specific foods. The plant needs the basics, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potash, and Sulfur. Most complete fertilizers that all that stuff. A seasonal application of compost is also always a good thing. These two resources below should answer all your questions and more. The first is from UC Davis, the best document on leaf miner. The second is our TAMU guide to growing citrus in containers.

http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/r107303211.html

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/patiocitrus/

This should help you move forward.

Good day,

Boone