[nafex] Galgal Lemon Tree - No blossoms for years

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Sun Feb 17 17:29:41 EST 2013


I've no advice to give you on the lemon tree; but, as I noticed nobody  
else seems to have answered this and you seemed concerned as to  
whether this was OK to post, wanted to reassure you that your post  
looks perfectly fine to me.

Occasionally it's just that nobody has a good answer.

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 6A now I think
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale

On Feb 15, 2013, at 12:10 PM, Dave Moulton wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been getting NAFEX now for years, but never participated, so  
> forgive
> me if I am not doing it right, like spamming everyone needlessly.   
> (If I
> am, it's just because I don't know how not to, so sorry in advance).
> I am looking for advice about my Galgal lemon tree.  I got it from my
> father, who planted it from a seed that I believe he received from a  
> member in India.  On his property in a colder region of Texas, the  
> tree
> never had trunks/shoots that survived the winters.  After several  
> years
> (10?), however, the root ball was enormous (50 lbs?).  I dug it up and
> planted it in my backyard in Houston.  I think it's been there now  
> about
> 3-4 years and I now have some trunks that have survived 2-3 winters  
> and are
> about 3" thick.  It produces beautiful, large leaves, and looks  
> healthy,
> but It has never blossomed.  All my other citrus blossom profusely
> (Washington navel, Mexican lime and Mandarin).
> My citrus-growing Portuguese in-laws and their friends said lemons
> sometimes have to be pruned and topped to make them blossom.  So, my
> Galgal, which was making a mess of my yard, covered in thorns that  
> could
> probably kill you if you ran into them, and over 10 feet tall, got  
> topped
> and pruned last weekend down to 3 sturdy trunks, for better or worse.
> Does anyone have any ideas on how to make it bloom? I figure it only  
> gets
> another couple of seasons to perform before it meets the Grim  
> Woodchipper.
> I did an internet search for NAFEX and Galgal, and got a post from Dr.
> Chiranjit Parmar (posted below).  I'm thinking he might even be the  
> man my
> father got the seeds from and even if he isn't, he might know what  
> to do.
> If you know how to contact him, please let me know or forward this  
> email
> to him.  (I'm copying this email to the email he listed, but since  
> the post
> is old, I'm not getting my hopes up).
> Thanks!
> Dave Moulton
> Lemonless in Houston

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