Lemon recovery – the senior trees


Thursday 14 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

After the recovery success of the ‘little’ lemon tree, we’ve had to wait to see how the larger trees ended up. Almost three months on, and this is the state of play…


This was the picture a few days after the big freeze.



And this was last week…



But all was not lost. On this, the worst hit of the lemon trees, one of the five primary branches seems to have survived, and so life goes on. In a few years, subject to milder conditions, this should again produce fruit with three years. Hopefully.

I’ll wait off a few more weeks, then just before Ramadan starts perhaps, I’ll trim off all the dead wood, and then see what happens.






The other trees are much stronger now, and whilst the volume of buds is certainly far far lower than usual as so much of the growth is very new, we may still see some winter lemons in November.




No chance for the summer lemon trees of course (see examples below) – they should be loaded right about now. But, as their fruit was in situ at the time that the temperatures plummeted, this year’s crop was wiped out overnight.

But overall, better news than anticipated 🙂






8 thoughts on “Lemon recovery – the senior trees

  1. […] the disaster of last January, when our big freeze wiped out all the lemons, killing one decent sized fruit-producing tree, and decimating substantial foliage on three others, […]


  2. Sue Slaght says:

    It is sad to see the trees but I am hopeful for new growth. Go lemons go!


  3. Hiya Spike,
    Poor, ravaged trees. I felt sad when I read your post. Big, sigh.
    Come on new growth!
    :I m & jb
    PS How do you and your family celebrate Ramadan. You have mentioned it on the blog several times lately, so I am wondering.

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