How to Grow Lemon Trees

by on May 30, 2012


If you live in a warm climate with mild winter temperatures, learning how to grow lemon trees is not difficult at all.
Lemons are vitamin-rich and tasty. Without them we wouldn’t have lemon pie or summer lemonade!
Temp Range: 70+ degrees F
Light Needs: min. 6 hours of full sun
How Much to Grow: 1 tree per family
Average Space Needs: varies on variety
Water Needs: moist, well drained soil
Soil pH: slightly acid, 6.0 – 8.0

For best results it is preferred to start growing a lemon tree from a well-established seedling. Resist the urge to  apply fertilizers to your new lemon tree seedling until it has established itself and you see signs of new growth. To speed this process, water your new lemon tree seedlings 2-3 times per week for the first 2 weeks or so (depending on rainfall, of course). When new growth is seen, sprinkle fertilizer around the base of the tree no closer than 1 foot away from the trunk and water it in immediately.

It is quite important when growing lemon trees to ensure that your trees are not planted in an area where water stands. Adequate surface drainage is crucial, but so is internal drainage, i.e. the draining of the soil under the surface. This is where the roots live and grow and they can’t be subjected to standing water either. If you live in an area without adequate drainage naturally, there are dwarf lemon tree varieties that can be planted and maintained in containers. This is also an option for those in climates that have heavy frost in the winter months, as the lemon trees in containers can be brought indoors or otherwise protected from freezing temperatures more easily than those planted in the ground.

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