How long do lemon trees produce fruit


At what age do lemon trees start fruiting?

So you are a proud new lemon tree owner. You’ve committed to taking care of this spindly, leafy specimen with the hope that it will grow and one day bear delicious and vibrant fruit for you to harvest and enjoy. But how long will that take?

The bright and juicy fruit that a lemon tree yields is uncontestably the best part of growing a lemon tree. Prized for their tart flavor that enhances a broad variety of recipes in the kitchen, lemons tend to be a favorite fruit grown by culinary dabblers and aficionados alike. Growing lemons, like any other plant, takes time and patience, however, as a lemon tree needs to mature before it will begin to bear fruit.

If you have a new lemon tree, or are considering acquiring one, you may be curious just how long it will take before you will be able to enjoy fruit from your tree.

When do lemon trees produce fruit?

A healthy lemon tree will begin to bear fruit in between 3 and 5 years of age, and continue to do so until its death.

It takes a lemon tree about 3 to 5 years for it to reach a reproductive maturity that results in fruit production. Although this may seem like a while, it is worth the wait, and your tree will reward you with bountiful harvests of vibrant and tart fruit for you to enjoy, year after year.

However, if you have not yet purchased your lemon tree and think you might not have the patience needed to wait for fruit production, consider sourcing one that is more established and already a few years of age. Many lemon trees sold in nurseries that are between 2 and 3 feet high are likely nearing or already of fruit bearing age, and may even have fruit on them already.

During which seasons do lemon trees bear fruit?

Lemon trees are considered everbearing, so given favorable environmental circumstances and proper care, a lemon tree will produce fruit year-round. However, depending on your variety, you may find that your lemon tree is much higher yielding during the winter and spring, with more sporadic fruits continuing to develop throughout the summer and fall. Eureka and Lisbon lemons have a seasonality that is partial to producing in the winter and spring, while the Meyer variety is more of a true everbearing species.

How much fruit can I expect my lemon tree to bear?

The amount of fruit you can expect your lemon tree to bear depends in part on whether or not you’ve chosen to plant it in ground, or keep it in a container. Read on to find out what kinds of yields you can expect with each method.

In-Ground Lemon Trees

 

If your lemon tree is planted outdoors, when it first begins to fruit at around age 3, you can expect it to bear around 40 lbs or fruit that year, if it is healthy and thriving. As it grows, a lemon tree’s yield will increase with each year, until it reaches full maturity at about 5 or 6 yrs old. At that point, you can look forward to a healthy and happy lemon tree producing over 200 lbs of fruit each year. That’s more than 800 lemons! (And lemonade for days!)

 

Container Grown Lemon Trees

 

If you are growing your lemon tree in a container, expect the yield to be slightly less, as growing your lemon tree in a container limits both its canopy and root support system. At full maturity, a potted lemon tree can be expected to yield around half the amount of its outdoor counterpart, or about 80-100 lbs of fruit per year. That is still over 300 lemons per year!

When are lemons ready to pick?

For an individual lemon to grow from a blossom into a ripe, juicy, and ready-to-pick lemon can take anywhere from 5 months to a year. The variance in time can be explained by varietal variance, climatic variance, and water availability, or a combination thereof. The more optimal the environmental conditions are for the lemon tree, the sooner the fruit will reach ripeness, however expect that the process will still take several months.

As a lemon grows, it remains green for a majority of the process. A lemon is ready to pick from the tree once the green hue transforms into a full and rich yellow coloring. To pick the lemon, just twist and pull the fruit away from the tree. If the lemon is ripe, it should separate from the tree fairly easily, and is ready to be enjoyed.

While the temptation can be significant, it is important that you employ patience and refrain from picking your lemons from the tree too early, as a lemon reaches its optimal and sweetest flavor while ripening on the tree. If you pick your lemons even just a few days too early, they will likely reach ripeness if kept at room temperature on the counter, but their flavor may still be compromised. If you pick your lemons over week too early, the lemons may not reach ripeness before they start to dry and spoil.

Is a lemon tree ever too old to bear fruit?

A lemon tree is never too old to bear fruit. Once a lemon tree begins bearing fruit, as long as conditions are favorable and the tree remains healthy, it will continue to bear fruit until its death. The lifespan of an average, healthy lemon tree is approximately 50 years, however particularly hardy and healthy trees have been known to live for as long as 100 years. With proper care, your lemon tree will produce fruit for you for you to enjoy for many years to come. With a little TLC, your lemon tree could even outlive you!

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When Does A Lemon Tree Produce Fruit? (3 Things You Need To Know) – greenupside

If you have recently planted lemon trees in your yard, you might not be seeing any fruit on the branches just yet.  In that case, you may be wondering how long it takes for a lemon tree to bear fruit, and if there is anything you can do to help them along.

So, when does a lemon tree produce fruit?  A lemon tree will produce fruit at maturity (3 to 5 years old). You will get fruit sooner by planting an established lemon tree. A lemon will ripen fully after 6 to 9 months. Different lemon varieties produce fruit at different times of the year, although some lemon trees can bear fruit year-round.

Of course, it may take a longer time for your lemon tree to start producing fruit, depending on the variety and the age of the tree when you plant it.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at lemon trees and when they bear fruit. Then we’ll look at the factors that can affect your harvest, such as fertilization and pruning.

Let’s begin.

When Does A Lemon Tree Produce Fruit?

According to the Clemson University Extension, a lemon tree needs 1 to 3 years to grow out of the “juvenile” stage and become a mature tree.  At that point, the mature tree will start producing good fruit.

According to the University of Georgia Extension, a lemon tree may produce a small amount of fruit in the 2nd or 3rd years. However, this fruit is likely to be poor in quality, due to the young age of the tree.

A lemon tree takes 1 to 3 years to mature to the point where it can produce a decent lemon crop.

As ;lemon trees get older and grow larger, they become more established (more branches, more foliage, and a stronger root system). This allows them to support more fruit.

Remember that you can get fruit sooner if you buy older, more established lemon trees to plant. The only drawback is that you will pay a premium price for these older, more established lemon trees.

For example, FastGrowingTrees.com charges 3 times as much for a 4 to 5 foot tall lemon tree as for a 1 to 2 foot tall lemon tree.

According to the University of Minnesota Extension, lemon trees grown from seed will rarely produce fruit. Keep this in mind if you are thinking of growing a tree from lemon seeds – it can be a fun experiment, but it might not work out the way you are hoping.

How Often Do Lemon Trees Bear Fruit?

According to Texas A&M University, most lemon trees have some fruit on their branches at any given time of the year. The time frame for getting ripe fruit from lemon trees varies by the two main types:

  • Eureka lemons – these produce the most fruit in spring and summer
  • Lisbon lemons – these produce the most fruit in the summer and fall

Don’t get too excited when you see fruit form on a lemon tree – you may be in for a long wait! According to the University of Maryland Extension, lemons take 6 to 9 months to ripen fully.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, there is also the possibility that some lemons will fall off the tree in late spring or early summer. This is sometimes known as “June drop”.

A lemon tree may drop some of its fruit before maturity, sometimes known as “June drop”. This is so that the plant does not produce more fruit than it can support.

This is simply a tree’s way of managing its energy. By dropping fruit, the tree keeps only as much fruit as it can support to maturity.

Think of it this way: instead of growing 200 half-ripe lemons, the tree drops 100 of them and grows the other 100 to full maturity.

Believe it or not, June drop can be a blessing in disguise. When the tree drops fruit it cannot support, that means you won’t have to remove the extra fruit manually (and the tree’s branches are less likely to break due to the weight of extra fruit).

The bottom line is this: don’t panic if some of the fruit falls off your lemon tree before it is fully mature. It is a natural part of the process.

Do Lemon Trees Produce Fruit Every Year?

Lemon trees do not produce fruit every year.  In the first one to three years (and perhaps longer), a lemon tree will be focusing its energy on growth and storage of energy and nutrients.

As mentioned earlier, any lemons you get from the tree in the first year or two are likely to be have poor quality.

A lemon tree may not produce fruit for a couple of years while it focuses energy into growth as it matures.

Keep in mind that problems like frost injury, over pruning, and over fertilization can delay fruiting on a lemon tree by a year or more.

In some cases, you will see what is called “biennial bearing” (also known as uneven bearing or alternate bearing) in your lemon trees.  This means that they will only flower and produce fruit every other year.

Often, this will happen after a year of very heavy fruit production.  Essentially, the tree’s resources are exhausted from using so many nutrients to produce a large harvest.

The tree then takes a “year off” from fruit production to recover its strength. During the off year, the tree gathers energy and nutrients to prepare for fruit production the following year (the “on year”).

How Much Fruit Does A Lemon Tree Produce?

Lemon trees can produce 100 pounds (or more!) of lemons per year when fully mature. The amount of fruit your lemon tree produces will vary by age, variety, location, and quality of care given.

According to Purdue University, 3 boxes of lemons per tree is considered a satisfactory yield in Florida.  On the other hand, a 9-year-old lemon tree in India bore over 3,000 lemons in one year!

A single lemon tree can produce thousands of lemons, although you may not get quite that many from your tree!

According to the University of Florida Extension, a young lemon tree that is around 3 years old can start producing 38 pounds of lemons per year. Mature lemon trees in the 4th year and beyond can produce 100 pounds of fruit per year.

The table below summarizes the fruit product you might expect from a lemon tree at various ages.

Age Of
Lemon
Tree
Expected
Fruit
Production
1 to 2
years
None, or
very few
with poor
quality.
3 years20 to 40
pounds
4 to 5
years
100 pounds
or more
10 years300 pounds
or more
This table summarizes the fruit
yield you might expect for a
lemon tree at various ages.

Do You Need Two Lemon Trees To Get Fruit?

You do not need two lemon trees to get fruit, since lemon trees are self-pollinating.  According to the University of Georgia Extension, citrus trees are self-fruitful (self-polinating) and do not need cross-pollination with trees.

When a plant is self-pollinating, it means that each flower contains both a male and a female part. Pollination occurs when the male part of the flower releases pollen onto the female part of the flower.

However, self-pollination does not mean guaranteed pollination.  The flowers still need to be pollinated by insects, birds, wind, or you (with an electric toothbrush or some other means).

Lemon trees are self-pollinating, but they still need stimulation from bees or other pollinators to set fruit. You can do the job yourself with an electric toothbrush!

This is especially important if you are growing lemon trees (such as dwarf lemon trees) indoors.  Be sure to use an electric toothbrush, paintbrush, or other tool to stimulate pollination of the flowers on your lemon tree.

It is as simple as turning on the electric toothbrush and touching the end to each flower on the lemon tree. You can repeat this process multiple times per day to increase the chances of fruit set.

Why Is My Lemon Tree Not Producing Lemons (No Fruit)?

As mentioned earlier, a lemon tree may not produce any fruit in its first few years. Even a tree that is mature may not produce fruit for several reasons, including:

  • biennial bearing – if a mature lemon tree is in its “off year”, it may not produce much or any fruit (this is more likely if you had a big lemon harvest last year).
  • frost damage – if the flowers on a mature lemon tree were damaged by a late spring frost, the tree might not be able to produce any fruit this year.
The wrong environmental conditions could delay fruit production on your lemon trees by a year or more.

To get your lemon trees to produce fruit, you will have to give them the proper care. Some of the most important factors that affect fruit growth on lemon trees are:

  • temperature
  • watering
  • fertilizing
  • pruning
  • spacing

Getting even one of these factors wrong can harm your lemon tree or delay fruit production for a year or more.

Temperature For Lemon Trees

Most lemon trees will grow fine outdoors in Zones 9 and 10.  If you grow lemon trees in colder climates, you will need to keep them indoors for part of the year to protect them from cold.

According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the temperature should be consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) before moving a lemon tree outdoors.

However, an unexpected frost may not necessarily be the end of your lemon tree.  For instance, according to Penn State University, Meyer lemons are cold hardy to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-5.6 degrees Celsius).

Some lemon trees are cold hardy and can survive temperatures below freezing.

Your best bet is to be prepared to bring your lemon trees inside if there is any danger of freezing temperatures. If you can’t bring the tree inside, use a frost blanket to provide at least some protection from the cold.

Another possibility is to drape row covers around your lemon trees to protect them from cold. You can learn more about row covers in my article here.

Keeping the soil around the lemon tree moist will slow down the loss of heat from the ground during cold weather. This will at least help to protect the roots of the plant from cold.

Watering For Lemon Trees

Avoid letting the soil get too dry for too long, especially if you have young lemon trees.  If you have a problem with dry soil, check out my article on preventing dry soil.

Keep the soil moist, but not wet, for your lemon tree.

According to the University of Arizona, lemon trees without enough water will start to produce smaller fruit. Then, the leaves will turn dull green and the edges will curl inward, as will many plant under drought stress.

If the lack of water is severe enough, the lemon tree will drop flowers and fruit. The University of Arizona suggests watering citrus trees every 7 to 28 days with deep watering, rather than watering shallowly and often.

Although drought is a problem for lemon trees, soil that is too wet can also cause problems.   Over watering can spell death for your lemon tree, due to root rot or fungal diseases.

If necessary, you can plant your lemon tree on a mound to assist with drainage.  For more information, check out my article on over watering.

Fertilizing For Lemon Trees

According to Texas A&M University, compost and mulch is not necessary for a lemon tree if the soil is already good.

However, it may be necessary to use fertilizers as a supplement, in order to provide extra nutrients if the soil is lacking. A soil test is the best way to tell if you need fertilizer.

For more information, check out my article on soil testing.

If a soil test indicates that fertilizer is necessary, than you can use a low-concentration fertilizer. Penn State University recommends using a 2-1-1 fertilizer during the lemon tree’s active growing season.

Remember that it is possible to harm or kill your lemon trees by over fertilizing them.  For example, too much nitrogen can prevent your lemon tree from producing any fruit.

When using fertilizer for lemon trees, use a weak fertilizer, and don’t apply too much all at once.

For more information, check out my article on over fertilizing and my article on low-nitrogen fertilizers.

Pruning For Lemon Trees

Pruning lemon trees is usually not necessary, except in the case of damage from winter cold and storms.

For more information, check out this article from Texas A&M University.

Spacing For Lemon Trees

Lemon trees should be spaced 12 to 25 feet apart (for dwarf citrus trees, leave 6 to 10 feet between trees).

Of course, you can adjust the space between trees depending on the width, which you can find in the description in the nursery catalog.

Leaving enough space between trees is crucial to prevent competition for water and resources.  This extra space also gives you room to tend your trees as needed.

Leave enough space between lemon trees to prevent competition between neighboring trees.

For more information, check out this article on lemon trees from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

What Kind Of Lemon Tree Should I Buy?

When selecting a lemon tree, make sure to choose one that you can grow in your climate!  For more information, check out the USDA Zone Hardiness map to see what zone you are in.

Here are some different varieties of lemon trees that you might want to try:

  • Eureka Lemon – this tree grows in Zones 9 to 11, and produces medium golden-yellow fruit that matures year-round.  The mature tree is 12 to 20 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide.  For more information, check out the Eureka Lemon on the Park Seed website.
  • Genoa Lemon – this tree grows in Zones 9 to 10, and produces medium yellow fruit that matures year-round.  The mature tree is 8 to 12 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide, and grows in a shrub form.  For more information, check out the Genoa Lemon on the Nature Hills website.
  • Lisbon Lemon – this tree grows in Zones 9 to 10, and produces medium yellow fruit that matures year-round.   The mature tree is 10 to 15 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide.  For more information, check out the Lisbon Lemon on the Nature Hills website.
  • Meyer Lemon – this tree grows in Zones 9 to 10, and produces medium yellow fruit that matures in late summer through winter.  The mature tree is 8 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide.  The tree will bear fruit in 1 to 2 years.  For more information, check out the Meyer Lemon on the Stark Brothers website.
  • New Zealand Lemon – this tree grows in Zones 8 to 10, and produces sweet yellow fruit.  The mature tree is 8 to 12 feet tall and 5 to 10 feet wide.  For more information, check out the New Zealand Lemon on the Nature Hills website.
  • Variegated Pink Lemon – this tree grows in Zones 9 to 11, and produces fruit that is yellow with green stripes on the outside and pink flesh inside!  It is prized for decoration more so than fruit quality.  The mature tree is 15 to 18 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide.   For more information, check out the Variegated Pink Lemon on the Nature Hills website.

The following table summarizes 6 lemon tree varieties, their cold hardiness zones, and their sizes.

Lemon
Variety
USDA
Zones
Tree
Size
(feet)
Eureka9 to 1112-20 tall
6-10 wide
Genoa9 to 108-12 tall
4-6 wide
Lisbon9 to 1010-15 tall
4-6 wide
Meyer9 to 108-10 tall
3-5 wide
New
Zealand
8 to 108-12 tall
5-10 wide
Variegated
Pink
9 to 1115-18 tall
4-5 wide
This table summarizes 6 lemon tree varieties,
their cold hardiness zones, and their sizes.

How Long Do Lemon Trees Live?

Lemon trees can live for decades. However, they may stop producing fruit before the end of their lives.

You will need to decide when it is time to retire an old lemon tree and replace it with a new one that can produce fruit.

Conclusion

Now you have a good idea of when lemon trees are mature enough to produce fruit, how long it takes for lemon trees to bear fruit, and what time of year to expect fruit.  You also know a bit more about how to take care of lemon trees and how to avoid the problems that can affect your harvest.

I hope you found this article helpful – if so, please share it with someone who can use the information.

If you are interested in growing citrus trees, then you should also check out my article on growing lime trees.

You can learn about dwarf fruit trees, which are easier to maintain and harvest from, in my article here.

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~Jonathon

When a lemon begins to bear fruit, how to make a lemon blossom and bear fruit, how long a lemon ripens at home

Growing indoor lemon is easier than it seems. The tree decorates the house and once a year gives its owner fragrant yellow fruits. The flowering and fruiting of a citrus crop depends on many factors: growing conditions, care, and varietal characteristics. In the article, we will consider in detail when a lemon begins to bear fruit at home and what to do if there is no harvest. 9Ol000 conditions

  • Conclusion
  • Features of flowering and fruiting of lemon at home

    Lemon flowering is a beautiful and short period - it lasts about 7 days. During this time, an inflorescence is formed on the plant, consisting of 5 or more flowers . They form in the axils of the leaves, located closer to the point of growth of the branches.

    The color of the flowers is pearl white, the stigma and stamens are bright yellow. The petals are oval in shape, their number depends on the variety.

    For the first time, lemon bears fruit in the spring - in late April or mid-May . In the future, flowering is repeated after 2 months, and some varieties bloom all year round.

    The process is divided into several stages :

    • lemon sheds flower stalks;
    • is formed from 1 to 6 buds;
    • after a few days they bloom;
    • petals fall off after 7 days;
    • in the future, an ovary is formed in place of the flower.

    Fruits homemade lemon throughout the year , so the same tree can have mature fruits, young ovaries, buds and flowers. The plant gives the first fruits in 3-5 years after planting. The term of their maturation depends on the light and humidity, variety, age of the plant. At the time when the lemon tree bears fruit, watering and fertilizing are stopped.

    Attention! In summer, lemons ripen 1-2 months earlier than in spring. Experienced gardeners independently regulate the moment of flowering and fruiting by temporarily drying the tree.

    Why indoor lemon does not bear fruit

    There are several reasons for poor fruiting . One of them is improper care. A homemade lemon needs constant irrigation - it is watered under the root and the crown is sprayed with warm water from a spray bottle. The room in which the lemon grows is constantly ventilated, but without drafts. It is not recommended to move a tree from place to place - it is better to immediately choose a lighted and ventilated space for it. If you rearrange a tree, it will not only not bear fruit, but will shed all the leaves.

    Problems with fruiting may be the result of a lack of trace elements , in particular manganese and boron. Buds fall due to lack of food, there is no harvest. In this case, the plant is fed with complex mineral fertilizers for citrus crops "Bona Forte" or "Fertika".

    Another cause of poor flowering and fruiting is pests and diseases . Homemade lemon can be affected by late blight, thrips, spider mites, and soot fungus. The affected or damaged areas of the plant are removed, and the tree itself is sprayed with Fitoverm or Actellik.

    How to make a lemon blossom and bear fruit

    Many inexperienced gardeners are wondering what to do to make a lemon blossom and bear fruit. In fact, it is enough to observe the growing conditions and ensure proper care.

    Optimum conditions

    The tree is planted in a suitable size pot with drainage holes . When planting, it is important to remember that the root system grows and develops, it needs free space. The soil must be nutritious and free from foreign microorganisms (larvae, bacteria and other pathogens). To do this, it is hardened in the freezer. The acidity of the earth must be low, otherwise the citrus often gets sick.

    Daylight hours must be at least 12 hours . For lighting, not only direct sunlight is used, but also LED lamps or phytolamps. Have a pot of lemon on the south or southeast window. The growing area must be protected from drafts.

    Attention! Favorable temperature for flowering and fruiting of lemon is from +18°С to +22°С, air humidity is 80-85%. The air in the house should always be fresh and humidified.

    Ways to make a lemon bear fruit

    In order for a lemon to bear fruit, it is recommended to graft it . Especially if the plant grew from a seed, and not from a seedling. Thanks to the correct grafting, after 3 years the tree will give the first crop. The procedure is carried out during the period of active sap flow, the Meyer variety is used for grafting - it is distinguished by beautiful fruits and a fast ripening period. Specialists use the eye grafting method; healthy and strong citrus seedlings are used for stock.

    The second way to make a lemon bear fruit is to feed the plant with the mineral complex . Perhaps it is in the lack of trace elements that the reason for the lack of fruits lies. For top dressing, use OrganicMix or Zdraven. They contain nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, stimulate flowering and improve the decorative appearance of the plant.

    How long does a lemon ripen at home

    The ripening time depends on the variety. But in most cases, the period from the beginning of flowering to fruiting takes 6-8 months .

    With proper care, the lemon tree will bloom and bear fruit for up to 40 years or more. The main thing is to provide suitable conditions and rules of care.

    How to know when to pick lemons :

    1. Homemade lemons are plucked when one side turns yellow.
    2. The fruit is carefully removed from the tree and left in a warm place - they wait until the second side turns yellow. Otherwise, the branch may break due to the heavy weight of the fruit.

    Many people pick lemons 6-8 months after flowering. If the fruit is overexposed on the branch, it will lose its juiciness and the skin will become coarse.

    Conclusion

    To understand when lemons ripen, you need to pay attention to the beginning of flowering. The tree is covered with white flowers, which fall off after a week. Ripe fruits are removed from the tree after 6 months.

    If flowering and fruiting do not occur, identify the cause. These can be diseases and pests, lack of water and fertilizers, unsuitable soil. In order for the lemon tree to bear fruit stably, it is fertilized with mineral dressings for citrus fruits, watered and sprayed once a week, and protected from diseases.

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    Growing a lemon tree at home. Photo — Botanichka

    The lemon tree is a perennial plant that loves warmth and sufficient moisture. Under natural conditions, it grows in a subtropical climate and reaches a height of three meters (dwarf varieties) to eight. Due to its unpretentiousness and love of warmth, a lemon tree can be grown in an ordinary city apartment or house.

    Lemon tree sprouts. © Megs

    Home-grown lemon trees produce edible fruit all year round if cared for. True, such trees begin to bear fruit at the age of 7-10 years from the moment of planting. Planting can be done in two ways: from a simple lemon seed bought at any store, or from cuttings and seedlings. Lemon trees grown from seeds grow more actively, they are healthier and more unpretentious than those grown from seedlings or cuttings, but the latter begin to bear fruit much faster.

    To grow a lemon tree from seed, it is necessary to choose neat, ripe and well-formed lemons in the store, without signs of spoilage. Seeds are extracted from them, the best specimens of which are used for planting. It must be done immediately after extracting the seeds from lemons.

    Seeds are planted in small pots or boxes five centimeters apart. Suitable for planting soil, mixed from peat and flower soil in equal proportions. At the bottom of the pots, drainage from expanded clay or small stones must be present. Seeds are planted to a depth of 1 centimeter.

    Lemon tree. © Pam

    The soil should not be allowed to dry out, but it should not be overfilled with water either. Shoots of a lemon tree will appear within a couple of weeks after planting. Among the sprouts that appear, you need to choose only the strongest and grow them until several true leaves appear. Growing is done by covering the lemon sprouts with a jar and placing them in a bright place. In this case, direct sunlight should be avoided. Once a day, the jar rises briefly so that the plant gains access to fresh air.

    When the leaves appear, the strongest sprouts of the lemon tree are transplanted into separate small pots with soil from flower soil and humus. A layer of drainage is laid out at the bottom of the pot. Lemon sprouts should be in this pot until they reach a height of about twenty centimeters, after which they are transplanted into larger containers. Growing lemons need to be watered twice a week. Soil moisture should be balanced: without drying out or waterlogging.

    Lemon tree sprout is ready for transplanting. © Megs

    To grow a lemon from cuttings, you need to take a branch that is five millimeters thick and about ten centimeters long. The cut stalk is placed in water for several days, after which the twig should be planted in a small pot or box.

    The soil for rooting such a seedling should consist of sand, flower soil and humus, which are taken in equal proportions. The branch is buried in the ground to a depth of about three centimeters. The soil is well moistened (without flooding), and the plant itself is sprayed daily with water from a spray bottle. After a month and a half, the plant that has taken root can be transplanted into a pot.

    Meyer lemon sapling. © Josh Puetz

    For the permanent location of the lemon tree pot, choose a bright room where direct sunlight can reach the growing plant. The lemon tree does not like moving around the house, so it is better to immediately find a suitable place for it, where the plant will be all the time. It is only allowed to slightly turn different sides of the plant towards the light to form a uniform crown. Yes, and this must be done carefully, gradually turning the lemon tree at a small angle.

    Every year, the lemon should be transplanted into a slightly larger container, carefully moving the roots and the old earth ball into a new pot. After that, new soil is poured into the free space in the pot. When the size of the pots used to transplant the lemon tree reaches 10 liters, you can limit yourself to updating the topsoil and regular top dressing. Also, once a week, you need to spray the lemon from the sprayer. During the heating season, this should be done daily.

    Lemon tree sapling. © Maja Dumat

    To form a beautiful dense crown, the upper shoots of the lemon tree must be pinched off. Thanks to this, the plant will produce side branches, thereby ensuring density.

    When the plant begins to bloom, it should be pollinated with a cotton swab or brush, with which the pollen is gently transferred from the anther to the sticky stamen.


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