CARE FOR YOUR LEMONS
While many lemon trees fruit during winter, some, like ’Meyer’, ’Lisbon’ and ’Yen Ben’ are fruiting now. Water plants well. Lack of water can result in fruit drop, small fruit or even lack of juice. Apply a layer of mulch after watering to conserve moisture, but keep it away from the trunk or it may rot. Remove any weeds as these compete for water and nutrients. Lack of juice can also indicate too much nitrogen, while thick skins can indicate a deficiency in phosphorus. Feed your plants with a specialist citrus fertiliser every six weeks to avoid nutrient deficiencies.
Watch for ants
Ants can be a real nuisance in the garden, but be sure to carry out a little detective work before you deal to them. If you notice an ant trail climbing a stem or exploring a leaf, check to see where they’re going. Ants feed on the sweet honeydew excreted by sap-sucking insects, so following these trails will often lead you to
well-hidden pests – like aphids hiding on the undersides of leaves. Soapy water, a squirt with the hose or squishing between fingers will control aphids, which reproduce parthenogenetically and viviparously, meaning that a single female can produce offspring without a male and the babies are born live rather than hatching from eggs.