Don’s Expert Answers: fruit grows to size of pea then falls off

Question From:
Mara Posa in Burnside heights, Melbourne Victoria

Nature of problem:
fruit grows to size of pea then falls off

Type of Plant (if known):
lemon

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
looks healthy

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
potting mix (woolworths )

How often do you water the plant:
when its dry

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
all day

How long since you planted it:
4 years

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
yes twice with desmocote

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
outdoors

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
pot

What other treatments have you given the plant:
nothing

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Answer:
Hi Mara, the plant is clearly dry when you think it doesn’t need water. IE the problem is poor watering. Get some Scotts Everydrop wetting agent and apply it as per the instructions. DO NOT water the plant when you think it needs it, water it twice a week by filling it up to the top of the pot rim twice each time. My suspicion is that you purchased some really cheap & nasty potting mix and now your plant is suffering. Perhaps you should pot it up into a larger pot with Premium quality potting mix. It would have helped if you gave me more information, such as pot size, type and brand of potting mix, how often you water it etc etc.

Don

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