New life: Lemon trees


Tuesday 07 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Time is marching on, and as we move well into spring in southwest Türkiye, the orchard is starting to show signs of recovery as well as battle wounds from the severe temperatures (for this part of the world anyway) that they had to endure this past winter. Whilst the cold weather was not like that seen up on the Anatolian Plateau or out east on our borders with Iraq and Iran, for citrus trees it was still a heck of a shock.

Do you remember how badly the lemon trees were hit? Overnight the fruit went to pulp and all the leaves fell off due to the icy temperatures




Some trees have been severely damaged, with young branches quite badly burned. These have mostly died off now, and I will cut them back in a month or so, once it is clear which are dead, rather than just dormant. If you cut green branches on lemon trees, unlike other citrus species, the tree panics and you can end up with additional branches dying back as a result. 






But there is some good news. Those branches that have survived – often lower or inner branches that were afforded some partial protection from the upper branches – are starting to show signs of new life. Whether or not they will be able to flower early enough to produce any fruit this next season is doubtful, but at least it’s a start. 






15 thoughts on “New life: Lemon trees

  1. […] looking at the state of the lemon trees, here’s some good and bad news regarding our fig trees. We have numerous wild green fig trees […]


  2. bethbyrnes says:

    We have a dozen citrus trees here in Southern California and our biggest problem aside from huge moths that come up from Mexico and attack the trees, is occasional low temperatures that literally fry the plant. What we do when we know it will dip below freezing is put a string of incandescent lights on each tree and a tent over each to keep the cold mist from settling on the tree. It works fairly well but is a time consuming process. I had no idea citrus could grow where you are. You must have a green thumb!


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Love the idea… With 200 trees and many over 3-4 metres tall, that could be fun 🙂

      Yes, there are citrus growing areas all around the Med. No moths here, but the Med Fruit Fly is a big problem some years, decimating 70% of the crop if you don’t watch out!

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  3. vannillarock says:

    Good news indeed. I have found my citrus but my lemon in particular to be amazingly resilient. My gardener is always assuring me that things I think are dead will come again!

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  4. joannesisco says:

    It’s so good to hear there are signs of life. Now I’m waiting to see some here!

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  5. AnnetteM says:

    Always lovely to see signs of life of what looks like dead wood. I am happy to say my plum tree has survived the cold frosts of winter and is budding again. I am still waiting to see if some of my shrubs have made it through or are as dead as they look.


  6. Beautiful shot. Growth.

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  7. fredrieka says:

    looking forward to the new life here

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  8. Yvonne says:

    “If you cut green branches on lemon trees, unlike other citrus species, the tree panics and you can end up with additional branches dying back as a result.”

    What magical chemical thing happens there? Plants have some wonderful adaptations.


  9. My fingers are crossed for you! Good luck …

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