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RE: Requiem for a lemon tree

I drowned my first lemon...maybe this one too I guess. If I do decide to
try it again I will have to find a place for the pot where I walk by it
every day AND where I will do something about it if I see a problem.
That means out back somewhere. I had good luck last spring keeping
critters out of the lettuce after we finally put up the hot wire, and I
plan on enlarging the space protected by it next year. So could be I can
place it out there.
Which reminds me, because another problem with the lemon is that it
wasn't terribly happy in the greenhouse during the winter, I'll have to
deal with the sycamore next to the greenhouse. It was a spindly scrawny
thing when we put up the greenhouse but I guess it has been enjoying the
water spilled on the floor because it is getting way too big and blocks
the sun for months, all the way up until February or so. I'm afraid it
has to come out, that will be a job.
My to-do list is immense but I'm not getting a lot done. I think I spend
more time looking at what needs doing than actually doing it!


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Zemuly Sanders
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 9:37 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Requiem for a lemon tree

One of the things that lemon trees hate is wet feet.  I have pebbles in
saucer beneath mine, and it's been doing well for 3 years.  Right now I
15 lemons weighing down its little limbs.  I also water it infrequently
during the winter with a weak acid fertilizer solution.  I learned these

things from trial and error and a lot of on-line research.  So far it's
working.  Don't give up.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message -----
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 9:39 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Requiem for a lemon tree

>I killed my lemon tree. This was #3 in my quest to have my own lemons
> and I've failed again. I'm not entirely certain what happened to it
> time. I had decided not to move its pot out into the veggie garden
> because last year squirrels bit off the lemons. So I moved it into the
> front yard, where I have a little hose attached to the sprinklers that
> could water it directly and I could just leave it. Well we were pretty
> busy this summer, the front garden is totally overgrown, and because
> wasn't directly in my path every day I only took a look at it now and
> again. It wasn't exactly thriving but I was so busy I kept telling
> myself I would move it in a few days, didn't have time right now. Last
> time I saw it was really waterlogged so I moved the little irrigation
> hose away from it figuring the regular sprinklers would keep it moist
> enough but let it dry out some. Saturday I looked and it's dead. So I
> don't know if it was too much water, or whether I moved the hose just
> before that awful heat wave we had around Labor Day and it didn't get
> any water at all.
> I'm not sure if I'll try it again. I keep remembering the Meyer lemons
> from the dwarf tree my mom had and how good they were. But it's been
> YEARS and I haven't managed one lemon, not one. Hmmm.
> Cyndi
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