Gardening · Houseplants

A Thorny Issue!

I just noticed that my lemon plants are growing thorns? WTF? O.o

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/thorns-on-citrus-trees.htm

Yeah… Apparently most citrus plants have thorns. I had no idea this was a thing… I suppose I could be excused because I’m not really living in a climate ideal for citrus so I rarely see any citrus trees.

Most of the ones on my plant are still soft and pliable but one is already quite stiff… Not sharp though. I’m glad I don’t keep the plants near where the cat could spike itself!
Ok… I keep it that way because the daft thing would knock them over… But the sentiment was good.

You live and learn!

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14 thoughts on “A Thorny Issue!

    1. Ah… So the spikes will get sharp then at some point?
      I kinda thought they would, but these are still soft so I wasn’t sure.

      I guess I will need to start being a little more careful with it! B-)

    1. But the whole idea of fruit is that some creature comes and eats the fruit and takes it away and poops the seed. Not sure I would want the fruit if I had to dodge sharp spines!

          1. I don’t know anything really about these things – I can only surmise that it must work, otherwise the citrus tree wouldn’t bother 😉.

  1. News to me, too. I’ve been thinking about getting one of the varieties that do well in containers (my yard is weird with sun/shade and flooding and I’ve about decided the only way to keep anything alive here is to be able to move it when needed). I had no idea they were thorny plants though.

    1. Have you tried improving the soil and turning it over to aid run-off or flow?

      And I know about sun/shade… *sigh* Being in the UK means we get more cloudy days than anything!

      But growing things in pots is not a bad way to do things as you can put two plants next to each other that don’t share the same soil needs.

      1. True. I’m working in a very small area, too. We live full time in our rv in my oldest’s back yard and it’s very dippy (lots of really low spots prone to flooding). I think containers would just be easier. I’m disabled too, and i think containers would make things easier on my back and hips. I can bring them up to me.

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