Yellow

What colour are lemons? Yellow, right? Yeah, like this:

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I just noticed that the lemons in our little lemon tree (all two of ’em) are much more yellow than last year’s pathetic harvest, which were much more green-ish. Also the bigger one is much rounder and looks healtier overall. But unfortunately I have no clue when I’m supposed to harvest it. Wait until it falls off by itself?

Because no matter how fresh this fruit looks, I don’t wanna rip it off the tree too early. Last year’s exemplary was more skin than fruit and only gave us an itsy bitsy schnaps glass of juice. This year I wanna see a real lemon!

 

2 comments

  1. We had a grapefruit tree which refused to produce fruit year after year, in spite of me fertilizing it, watering it, talking real nice to it, etc. One year I went to the Agriculture department to ask what else I could do. The reply was um, unscientific to say the least:

    “These trees have an instinct to reproduce before they die,” the citrus guy explained. “Threaten it’s life. Beat it half to death with a chain, cuss it roundly, and tell it ‘this is your last chance before I make firewood out of you.'”

    Really. With no other options and no better advice, I did exactly that.

    And that season I reaped a huge harvest of grapefruit, and every year since.

    True story.

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    • Thx for the story, Robin but if you think I’m gonna hit my poor little citrus over the head with a blunt object or anything brutal you’re on the wrong track. That’s not how we roll here. Ok, we pruned it to a state of nearly nakedness and I drowned it in fertilizer but all that doesn’t seem to make any difference to its lame-ass productivity. Lots of pretty flowers and small berry-like fruits that die off after some weeks and only 2 or 3 real citrus fruits that grow and become yelllow after months of waiting.

      Hubby’s watching some YouTube videos about urban gardening n stuff but it’s all so fukn complicated. We love to have that tree in our garden but we’re not its nannies. Maybe it needs some more years to grow up and become more mature before it’ll become a real fruitbearer.

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