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meyer lemon
April 19, 2010, 9:33 am
Filed under: gardening, it lives! | Tags: ,

Another installation in the “it lives!” series of blog posts. I bought a meyer lemon tree a couple of years ago. It looked good for the first while and then it got scale pretty bad and nearly died. I treated scale with alcohol swabs–very tedious–but then it only had a few leaves left. It recovered a bit, then the scale came back. In frustration I put the dang pot outside and left it to die. Alas, the natural predators out there must have liked the scale because the stupid charlie brown tree lived. So I brought it inside again. It spent the winter, got scale naturally. But this year, I was able to pollinate the flowers and as a result, behold:

look! It's a mini-lemon!

Here’s a picture of the tree in bloom–to give you a sense of the scale of the poor thing. The blooms smelled AMAZING!

tree in bloom in february

We’ll see if the tree is able to bear the weight of the thing when it gets bigger. Seems doubtful!

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