Lemon Plant

Asked April 15, 2017, 2:12 PM EDT

We have a lemon tree about 4 feet tall we bought about 2 years ago. We had a bad frost about 6 months ago and killed all the leaves. Now it's just a stump about 3 feet tall with 2 branches and no foliage. It's growing little sprouts at the base but no growth above. Should we trim any of the branches, move it to regular soil or a bigger pot? How can we tell it's still alive?

Thanks Jonny

Austin County Texas

3 Responses

You can scrape the brown branches. If these branches are alive, you will see green tissue. If there is no green, then these branches are dead.

If the branches are dead, your choices are to purchase new trees or the cut the back to where the new stems are growing. Because most fruit trees are grafted, I'm not sure the growth is above the graft, so you may have only the root stalk growing.

Repotting will not necessarily help. Only use potting soil for plants grown in containers.

If you purchase new trees, be sure to watch the weather and either cover the trees or move indoors the few times a freeze is expected

Thank you so much for your response. I have follow up question. Over the past week or so sprouts are now growing on the base of the tree. Does this mean it's growing back? Should we cut the longer dead branches on the top? We scraped back some branches and they are dead. But in about the middle it's a little green.

Thanks Jonny

Sure, you can let the sprouts grow. Cut back the dead area. This may stimulate faster growth