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Friday, March 9, 2012

My Sweet/Tart Lemon Tree

I think I have been putting off featuring my amazing, beautiful, proficient Meyer Lemon tree on the off chance I jinx myself.  I was going to say that I'm not superstitious, but I iz.  So, with fingers, toes and eyes crossed, white pins in the Voodoo doll, and whistling in the dark, I present....

Lemonie.

Lots of new leaves, buds, flowers, and little lemons!
There is nothing like the fragrance of lemon blossoms.
Notice the high-tech support system - baling twine.
When I first hefted her into the house at the end of summer, she lost a lot of leaves.  This always happens and always sends me into complete panic.  Then there is a dormant period which I refer to as the "semi-bald" period.  Then, all of a sudden (it seems), buds start to form, and lots of new green leaves shoot up.  I used to go around like a bumble bee and pollinate the flowers with my little bee brush.  But I didn't do it this year and there are lots of lemons forming.  If it is as good a crop as last year, there will be close to 30 full-size lemons on this one small tree. 

Since I have, up to this point, pretty much killed every potted plant I owned, I have lavished an amazing amount of attention, love, care, and mystical incantations over this plant.  It has it's own light.  I fertilize it with a special (read: $$$) organic fertilizer and use a moisture meter to be sure I don't over-water.  I have sufficiently threatened the cats so that they don't get any ideas, vis-a-vis the potting soil.  So far, so good.

Excuse me while I go find the salt shaker and toss about a pound over my shoulder.  Just in case.

12 comments:

  1. "Lemonie"...LOL! I don't think you have to worry about jinxing it by posting, I see lots of folks up north even are having great results with the Meyer Lemons. I'm always reading about how awesome they are and all the marmalade being made.. I NEED to get on this bandwagon, but the only sunny window I have is the kids room - maybe they won't mind just one more plant... hahahaha! It's beautiful Susan!

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  2. All I can think now is "Lemon flower very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat."

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  3. Erin - I do love the flavor of Meyer lemons - very sweet/tart. And I hope you're right about the jinx business. Tell Loch it's a science experiment...

    City Sister - Funny, I was humming that same song this morning as I was watering Lemonie. I only know one verse, though.

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  4. I notice your lemon tree's name ends in an "-ee!" LOL!!
    What a beautiful tree and how lovely that you get lots of wonderful lemons!! I'm sooo jealous!!

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  5. Golldang, no wonder your lemon tree does so well! It gets more attention than my husband does!

    It really is gorgeous so whatever time and energy (and, oh yeah, $$$) you put into it is worth it!

    Keep giving us progress reports on those little lemons, 'kay?

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  6. Sooooo, now that I know a northerner can grow a lemon tree, I may just have to take a go at it. Although keeping the cats out if it may be a challenge.

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  7. How tall do these get? Will they fit in a garden window or are they actually tree sized? Good luck with Miss LEmmaKnee. LOL

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  8. Lemonie is beautiful! I'd say that is a great crop she gives you!

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  9. How great is that! Lemons and a show.

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  10. It's so pretty! I love mine, but hadn't thought to support it with bailing twine. I didn't realize about the dormant period either!

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  11. Wow, that is one beautiful and spoiled tree! I think I need to fertilize mine - I add compost, but my visitors laugh that I only get 2-3 lemons. How rude of them! I bet nobody laughs at Lemonie ;)
    -Jaime

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  12. Let me tell you what does NOT smell so good. The special fertilizer I got for my lemon tree. My oh my, it is enough to choke a skunk. My lemons are about the size of my thumb nail and they better taste good because stinking my house up was not on the care label for the tree ;)

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