How to Grow and Care for Lemon Trees

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Provide a lemon tree with its basic needs and it will provide you with sweet, tart fruit in abundance. Lemon trees may seem finicky due to their specific water and fertilizing needs to obtain the best crop year in and year out, but they are a relatively easy addition to nearly any garden. Know the basics for bringing out the best in your lovely lemon tree.

How to Grow and Care for Lemon Trees
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Soil Solutions

One of the lovely features of lemon trees is that they aren't picky about the soil they sit in – to a degree. They like a slightly acidic soil that has proper drainage. Lemon trees don't like to get their feet wet so don't let the roots soak in standing water. Unlike other plants and trees, lemon trees need to sit high in the soil. They should be set a bit higher than the surface of the ground so dig a hole a bit smaller than the root ball. Add mulch around the base to keep it happy.

Location Considerations

Lemons are sensitive to chilly weather. If you live in a cold climate, it may be best to plant the lemon tree in a large container that will host the growing roots and also be available to roll into the home, under a hanging or inside the home when the temperatures dip close to freezing. Otherwise, a lemon tree planted in a garden can be wrapped in burlap to keep its leaves cozy during drops in temperature. If planted outdoors, give them a growing chance by situating them on the south side of the house where they will get the best protection from frost. They need a lot of refreshing sunlight to get the most crops. If you are growing a lemon tree indoors, move it outside in the summer so I can soak up as much sunshine as possible. This also allows the bees and other insects to pollinate the tree and get the fruit started.

Benefits of Lemon Trees

Growing your own lemons adds a hardworking fruit to your pantry. Lemons are high in vitamin C, as are most citrus fruits, but lemons also help fight iron deficiency and help in digestion. Lemons can also be used for cleaning and natural beauty products. High in antioxidants, lemons boost the immune system and can aid in the painful effects of urinary tract infections. Growing your own lemons will give you an abundance of the fruit at your fingertips.


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