Lemon Fruit & Flowers, Summer 2014

The (only) fruit that my lemon tree set while it was indoors last winter has grown considerably and is now getting ripe.

large lemon fruit

large lemon fruit

At about 2.75 inch (70 mm) diameter and over 3 inches (76 mm) long, it’s probably the largest lemon fruit I’ve ever seen.  This is part of the trade-off between fruit number and fruit size.

One of the lemon flowers from earlier this year also set a fruit.  We will have to wait at least a few months before it will be ripe.

new lemon fruit

new lemon fruit

The lemon tree has produced a lot of flowers over the past few weeks, probably more than I’ve seen on it before.  With some help from our pollinator friends like the one in the photo below, perhaps we can look forward to a lot of lemons next winter or spring.

lemon flower with sweat bee

lemon flower with sweat bee

I believe this is a sweat bee, from the family Halictidae.  I also saw a bumblebee visiting the flowers.  Lemon trees are self-fruitful (they don’t need another tree to be pollinated) but they can benefit from some help moving pollen from anthers to pistil.

 

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