Want to grow juicy lemon tree at home ? Its simple, try this.
Tending a small lemon tree in your home can be a delightful aromatic experience. While the thought of growing a tree inside a house or apartment may seem daunting to beginners, it is not as difficult as it may sound.
If you live in a cooler climate, or simply have limited space, but still want to grow a lemon tree, container lemon trees may be your best option.
Growing lemon trees in containers allows you to provide an appropriate environment in a limited space.
Choose the plant
Lemons are will be comfortable in containers as long as the container is large. Choose fro below varieties.
Container & placement
When you grow a lemon tree in a pot, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, container lemon trees will not get as large as lemon tree grown in the ground.
When growing lemon trees in containers, the needs are very similar to lemon trees growing in the ground. The lemon trees will need good drainage, so make sure the pot has drainage holes.
They will also need consistent and regular watering. If the container where the lemon tree is growing is allowed to dry out, the leaves of the lemon tree will fall off.
Fertilizer is also key to growing a healthy lemon tree in a pot. Use a slow release fertilizer to make sure that your lemon tree gets consistent nutrients.
Recommended Pots - Above 17 inch Planters
You can also root prune them each year to maintain a convenient size. Alternatively, for mature plants, remove just the top layer of soil in the pot and replace this with fresh compost each spring.
Buy ready to use nutrient rich soil
Container lemon trees also need high humidity. Place your lemon tree over a pebble tray or mist it daily.
Drying Out in the Pot
Growing this lemon tree has a few challenges because the heat of the Summer season can quickly dry out the pot. Especially in the rustic looking terra cotta pots.
It takes consistent watering in hot days to make sure that the tree stays hydrated and happy.
- Citrus need full sun, so place them in the sunniest part of your garden or balcony.
- Pots must have drainage holes in their base and be elevated slightly off the ground.
- Water potted citrus two to three times a week, and possibly daily in very hot weather.
- Apply citrus food in small amounts monthly from August to mid autumn.