Lack of Fruit
My son has three potted lemon trees (or bushes). One he has had for three years and two for 2 yrs. The first year the first tree was loaded with lemons. I suggested he cut it back in the winter. It reproduced this year but not nearly as much. Neither of the newer trees produced as much as the first one had. During the summer they sit in full sun all day on the deck rail. I contend the pots should be placed deep in the ground to protect the root system from the heat. What say you?
Lemon trees like warm temperatures and should be fine outdoors unless the pot is small and overheating. You can sink the pots in the ground to aid in watering for the summer months, but they will put out roots into the surrounding soil which can make lifting them in the fall a bit more difficult. Lemons can be ever-bearing given the right conditions—enough sunlight (minimum 6-8 hours per day) and warm temperatures – at least above 60 degrees. That means they can continually bloom and have fruit in a variety of stages. I think the pruning job may have set them into a growing phase and cut back on some of the blooms. Prune minimally, but make sure there is room to house them indoors. Give them bright light, keep them watered and feed monthly while actively growing and they should rebound
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