Can I save this Meyer Lemon Tree?

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  1. Kate Blair

    Kate Blair New Member

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    I recently moved across town in Los Angeles, California. My small 3 foot high Meyer lemon tree was happy for the past year on the balcony of my apartment and got a fair amount of sun from mid-morning until 2-3pm. In the new home, it is in full sun on my rooftop. We had a heat wave with temps in the upper 80s for a few weeks and my tree started yellowing at the tips of the leaves. In its new location, I wasn’t watering it often and it went a few weeks without water. I noticed the yellowing and started to water it more, gave it plant food (general food, not citrus) weekly for 2-3 weeks, and picked the 5-8 lemons that were present. It went from bad to worse and all of the leaves turned brown and crunchy and shriveled up along with any flowers. Is it too late to save it now? Did I kill it with food or under watering it or both?
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Please post photos of the tree, if possible.
     
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    Kate Blair New Member

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    Photos added. Thank you.
     

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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    It appears to be dead as all the stems have turned almost completely brown. Normally I would suggest for the bark to be scratched to check for living material underneath but it looks like you've already done that, on spots just above the soil line and on the first branch. It may be time for a new tree.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. If it matters, the branch was green underneath when I scratched it a few days ago but then turned brown with time. The trunk part was brown though. Looks like this guy is going to go to tree heaven :( Thank you again
     

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