Meyer Lemon Tree Infestation

by Angela aka Farmer Jane on March 13, 2012 · 0 comments

When our Meyer Lemon trees became a part of our family I noticed that it had what looked like hole punch marks in some of the leaves. I’ve never had citrus trees before, so I just figured something was munching on them before they came home.

For the first week the trees stayed in the dining room, and then we moved them to the living room where they could get a little more light during the day. Unfortunately the only room in the house that gets full sun all day is Simone’s room since her room is on the south side of the house.

Anyway, over the last month we’ve noticed that the trees were looking a little droopy and sad. Well, actually, really sad. I thought maybe it was due to not having enough humidity or not enough water.

When I moved the trees into the utility area where they will get full sun most of the day, I noticed some black specks on the leaves and flower buds and blossoms, but didn’t think much of it. Also a LOT of blossoms fell off moving them from one room to another.

This morning when I went to check the temperature in the utility/greenhouse, I noticed even MORE specks that looked like black sesame seeds with legs.

After noticing the little aphids covering whole flowers and buds, I freaked out like a first time mother holding a baby with a high fever.

Was I over reacting? YES! I was panic stricken, and felt like I was going to have some sort of nervous breakdown.

I felt flush and then I felt the blood leave my head. Can you believe I had such an emotional reaction to our baby lemon trees being infested? I can’t. I still can’t believe it. I’m smiling as I write this right now.

I went online to make sure I identified the little monsters correctly and then in my wrath against black aphids I exacted swift justice on behalf of my baby lemon trees.

Armed with pruning shears and a hose, I first sprayed each plant to knock off any buds and flowers that were infested.

I inspected each bud and blossom that remained, turned over leaves, picked off yellowing or curled leaves, and then sprayed down each tree again.

Meyer lemon trees have very sharp thorns that will definitely jab and prick you if you’re not careful.

Next came time for much needed pruning. I took a lot of crossed branches, suckers, branches pointing down, branches pointing straight up, off.

I don’t plan on heavily pruning any of our fruit trees, and that includes the Meyer lemon trees. I will prune any part of the fruit trees that will cross or grow in the wrong direction, but I do want to try and maintain a more natural appearance to each tree.

Here are a few more up close and personal pictures of the aphids before I administered a death sentence. :)

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