....take care of the darn thing!
I decided today to check in on my forgotten-about Meyer lemon tree. When I bought it last spring it had two gorgeous full lemons on it already and was looking handsome. I plucked the lemons and tucked the slices into a certain Mexican beer and couldn't wait for the little tree to produce more! So I put it into my greenhouse, fertilized it for a while...but became discouraged when the blossoms turned into nothing but dried-up falling-off morsels. And then the leaves dropped. I made sure to water it as it needed(which I researched online) and continued to give it fertilizer. The tree shot out new leave branches but still had the same issue with the blossoms. I may have to manually pollinate as I did with my squash plants over the summer. You can see in the photo below it is producing blossoms right now.
So today I gave it a nice tune-up prune-up, and while doing so I found that a certain type of tiny caterpillar was using the leaves as shelter for his cocoon-building project. There were several pairs of leaves that were sort of "sewn" together by the insect's silk. It didn't appear that they were actually eating or harming the lemon tree, but I still had to pick them off and let them fend for themselves elsewhere. Below is a photo(as clear as I could get)...that little brown guy between the two leaves in the center of the shot is the culprit.
I also fertilized the tree with a slight acid solution and last week it got a worm-poo treat just like all my other plants.
I feel like a movie star!
3 days ago