This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"Subscriber," Philadelphia, says: "Can you tell me through the Gardener's Monthly how to prevent the buds from dropping off of a lemon tree before they open ? I have had one do this for several years, and am disappointed in not having it fruit".
[A large proportion of the flower buds of oranges and lemons fall without forming fruit after the fall. This is regarded as a sign that the plant has not vital power to perfect all the fruit. Probably the same explanation must serve when all the flowers fall. Exactly what to do cannot be told without seeing the plant. All that can be said here is that by good soil, good open air treatment in summer, and good culture generally, do all you can to secure a healthy growth. If you will tell what treatment the lemon has received, perhaps some suggestions for improvement might be made. - Ed. G. M].