SOS for a Lemon Meyer Tree - A plea for help

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  1. TriciaM

    TriciaM Junior Member

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    Approximately 3 weeks ago I purchased a one meter high Lemon Meyer tree from my local nursery.
    Following instructions from Permaculture II, I selected a sunny site on a slight slope to ensure good drainage, and planted it as per Permaculture II with a good organic compost. I also stacked some large smooth stones around its base for warmth and moisture retention.

    QUESTION ONE: Although the leaves have neither yellowed or withered, they point upward and will not open out fully.
    Is this normal?
    (Call me `weird’ but I sense the tree is feeling the cold)

    QUESTION TWO: The temps in the NSW Central Tablelands region of Lithgow often drop below zero during winter, with severe frosts almost daily. (We’ve already had two since the beginning of autumn!) Also, snow and sleet may cause problems. The card attached to the tree claims it will tolerate light frosts but needs protection from severe frosts. However it offers no protection instructions.
    Suggestions anyone?

    Regards and best wishes
    TriciaM
     
  2. d_donahoo

    d_donahoo Junior Member

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    tricia.

    we also get severe frosts - so the slope will help that, especially if you have planted it near the top. i'm gathering that if it has only been a few weeks it helps to give the tree time to adjust - if you are worried about the cold. try this trick...i've used it for a tamarillo planyted here in Central Vic...to try and nurse it thropugh winter till it is established.

    i construct barriers out of corrugated iron (recycled), basically enclosing it with two or three sheets places vertically. leave an opening to the north...so this will act as a wind break, a heat sink (you can paint the corrugated iron black if you want and protect from frosts.....seems to be working for the tamarillo.

    cheers dan
     
  3. TriciaM

    TriciaM Junior Member

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    Thanks Dan

    I'll try that. I was wondering also if I should cover it with shade cloth during the night.

    Regards
    TriciaM
     
  4. d_donahoo

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    covering it with shade cloth during the night?
    if you were planning to do this to keep frosts away, i'd go for heavy mulching instead.
    not sure how effective the shade cloth would be - but give it a try and see how you go.

    dan
     

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