Seeing the leaves on your lemon tree plant turn from a rich green color to a yellow hue can be an alarming sight. However, if your lemon tree develops yellow foliage, there are steps you can take to get the plant back into its prime health. For one thing, the change could be seasonal; in which case you can rest assured the normal leaves will return in the spring. Otherwise, yellow leaves could be an indication of sunburn, overwatering, parasitic insects, or a lack of nutrients. Rest assured, no matter the reason for the change, there is a solution and steps to take to restore your plant to its health.
- If the leaves develop patches of pale yellow shortly after a hot and sunny day, it is likely the leaves are suffering from sunburn
- Yellow leaves might also be a symptom of root rot due to excessive watering
- To determine if your lemon tree is suffering from a lack of nutrients like zinc and iron, test the soil and then adjust soil content as necessary
“Often, lemon tree leaves turn yellow when the plant is experiencing some kind of major change in nutritional intake. This might mean that the plant has a parasite or it could indicate a need for improved feeding techniques.”