Take the following steps for proper care of the lemon tree
- The plant requires regular watering. However, make sure you don’t overwater it.
- The plant should be exposed to direct sunlight at least 8 hours a day.
- Feel free to add fertilizer to the lemon tree.
- You can keep the pot inside your house facing a window, or place it in your garden.
With proper pruning and management, almost any lemon variety can be grown in a container, although trees may stay small and yields may be minimal unless trees are grown in very large pots. Root-stock does not need to determine tree size, and technically, with regular pruning, most lemon trees can be maintained in a pot. Nevertheless, dwarf trees are preferable and may be slower to become root-bound than standard and semi-dwarf trees. GardenZeus recommends Meyer for the best lemon tree variety to grow in a container. Eureka and Pink lemonade also make good choices for containers; however, avoid selecting Lisbon as a variety for a container plant, as Lisbon lemon trees are particularly vigorous growers and may be more difficult to confine to smaller spaces.Potted citrus can be moved seasonally or as necessary to keep the tree in full sun or protect against cold.
All plants in the citrus family love full sun, around 7 to 8 hours of sunlight is essential. If growing indoors use grow light to provide adequate lighting inside.The lemon tree requires consistent watering to produce healthy fruits. Giving it too much or too little water can lead to blossom and fruit drop and sometimes plant may die too. Check top 2-inch layer of soil for dryness before watering. On windy and hot days, it requires more frequent watering.
If you are growing a lemon tree indoors, it requires certain humidity level to thrive, 50% is ideal. You can maintain humidity by placing it on a pebble tray, misting or using a humidifier.If you’re growing lemon tree in pot in USDA Zones 8b to 11 you don’t need to care for cold that much, but below these zones, special care is needed in harsh winters. Temperature below 30°F is vulnerable for the lemon tree, except ‘Meyer’ lemon variety that can tolerate some cold till 24°F.
Harvesting time depends on the type of variety you are growing and your weather conditions. The citrus fruits stop ripening once they are off the tree. To determine if the fruit is ripened, see if the fruit is heavy, soft and yellow.