If you are looking to grow a lemon tree, then there are several things that you should know.
Select a Planter
To begin, select a planter that is large enough to accommodate your growing lemon tree. Barrel planters, grow bags, and huge flower pots are all good choices since they provide the roots plenty of opportunity to grow and thrive. There should be at least an inch of space between the soil and the top of the planter or pot when the tree is potted. The planter should have a diameter of 8 to 12 inches and offer adequate drainage for the soil.
Choose Your Soil
The best type of soil is one that drains well while not being too compacted. Secondly, be prepared for this plant to need plenty of room to grow and quite a lot of attention throughout the year.
What type of soil should you use? Lemons trees like loose soil with good drainage so sand or decomposed granite can work very well for them – just make sure it’s draining well by checking every few months if there’s any water built up in the container after irrigation or rain storms.
If You Are Transplanting An Already Grown Lemon Tree
Fill the planter with gardening soil, leaving 1 to 2 inches at the top. Make sure it’s tightly packed with a garden shovel so the roots can take hold. Remove the lemon tree from the temporary casing and replant it in your planter. When transferring the roots, be careful not to injure them.
Fertilization, Watering, and Care
To help prevent transplant shock and boost development, water the soil and add a high-quality plant food or fertilizer. Add just enough water to cover the surface, but not so much that the soil becomes saturated. During the summer, the lemon tree can be left outside in direct sunlight. It should be pruned on a regular basis, and any new growth that begins to stem near the bottom should be removed.
Bring the tree indoors as the weather cools and set it where it will receive plenty of sunlight. Once you’ve moved the tree indoors, keep watering it on a regular basis. Measure moisture levels using a water meter if necessary, and add attractive pebbles around the soil to help minimize evaporation. During the winter, mist the leaves frequently to keep them fresh.
To keep spider mites at bay, use non-toxic, organic therapies. As the lemons ripen and become slightly soft, harvest them.