Painful plant tending – lemons and limes


As regular readers here know, this is my first year at growing potted meyer lemon and bearss lime trees in my north-facing backyard. I started out in March with trees from Bob Dunan on Vancouver Island, and other than an early slug-attack my plants are doing quite well. So well, in fact, that they have started producing flowers in the last week – lots of them. Because I want my plants to focus on strong root development this year, I went outside last night and pinched them all off my plants. Painful! Necessary though because I don’t want one weak fruit at the expense of a hardy plant. By next summer I expect my trees will be developed enough to let them mature to fruit-growing…. but for this year I’m just going to have to enjoy them for their foliage.

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