When I was a littel girl in Italy, we had lemon and blood orange trees in our yard that grew effortlessly. Now I am adult in the U.S., and I have been trying for years to grow citrus trees in house. No matter how hard I try, they come up with new and interesting ways to die. I did have a lemon tree that had tiny fruit on it several years ago, but I noticed that something was eating the plant: every day, there would be fewer leaves. Eventually, it ate the fruit. I couldn't figure out the problem, until I found a bug on the tree tree that looked like a green stick. I think they're called walking sticks. How it found its way into my house, onto my lemon tree, I have no idea. I mean, I've never seen one in the wild. I put it outside, (he's lucky I am kindhearted - I was mad enough to kill him!) Alas, the damage was done...no lemons. Anyway, I ordered a lemon tree from someone on eBay last year and now it has about 10 blooms! I was so happy and excited, I wanted to share.
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4/29/09 at 5:50pm