Are lemon trees supposed to lose their leaves?

Your lemon tree is bearing fruit yet losing its leaves? Don’t pick the lemons or resort to other drastic measures yet. Let’s find out what may be causing it…

It’s perfectly normal for lemon trees to lose leaves as winter approaches; in fact lemons are very sensitive to cold weather.

When leaf loss is excessive, one must look for a specific environmental cause such as insufficient heat, light or water.
Remember that, although not nearly as much as in summer, lemons do need to be watered all winter long. Try softening the water by adding a strip of lemon rind/litre and letting it rest for at least two days before watering your lemon with it. Leave the fruit to ripen on the tree, and start fertilizing it in the month of March.

Is you plant still sick? Our phytopathology section may help!