5 Steps to Grow A Lemon Tree- Indoors
Lemon trees can do very well indoors. They are fairly easy to grow and take care of. Planted in a large pot they can be expected to reach about 3-5 feet in height. They thrive in termperatures right around 70 degrees. Many people grow lemon trees indoors and enjoy the fruit and it's many uses year round. Here's five steps to growing your lemon tree indoors!
1. Planting the Lemon Tree
The best way to begin is to choose a large pot. We use one about 2 feet in diameter and it works very well. Choose a lemon tree from a nursery. You'll have better luck and know it's potential size beforehand. The Meyer lemon tree is an excellent choice.
Place some rocks in the bottom of your pot to help with drainage. Then plant your tree with a soil mix that's slightly acidic and keep it in a bright sunny spot. Lemon trees do best in soil that's slightly acidic and having good drainage.
Water your lemon tree evenly. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering again. Ours does best when we water it about once every 5-6 days. We water it thoroughly and evenly, the amount you use will depend on the size of your tree and your pot. After about 5 days I'll the soil by sticking my finger into the edge of it. If the soil is completely dry, I water it again. If it's still a bit moist, I allow it to go for a few more days. Do not allow it get really dried out. Do not water it so much the soil is soggy.
Watering about 2 times per week is generally acceptable. But as mentioned above, it really depends on the size of the tree, the size of the container, type of soil, whether or not you put it outside and so on.
Growing a lemon tree inside means there aren't any bugs to help pollinate it. Sometimes this means the lemon tree won't grow fruit unless it's helped along a bit. We encourage pollination by hand by gently touching our finger or a cotton swab to the flowers and then gently touching the tree in other random areas. Also lightly tapping the truck can encourage pollination.
You can also set your lemon tree outside during the warm summer months. This allows bees and such to pollinate the tree for you. As long as it's not too cold or extremely hot, it should be fine sitting outside in full sun. Many people leave their tree outside for the summer.
Lemon trees like lots of light and sun. Sitting them in front of a large window that gets lots of sunlight is ideal. Placing them outside during the summer months in full sunlight is good too. If you don't have a good place to put your lemon tree you may need some additional light. Fluorescent lights are a good substitute for sunlight. You may even need to use these during the winter months if there isn't much sunlight out.
5. Bearing Fruit
Bearing fruit may depend on the tree and how well it's doing. Some Meyer Lemon trees that do very well may even produce fruit in the first year. The tree will begin getting blooms, and where the blooms are lemons will grow! If the branches aren't strong enough the lemon may fall off at first. But don't worry, more will come!
The fruit comes on dark green in color. It does take approximately 4 months for the lemons to ripen. They will begin turning light green then yellow in color. The ripened lemon should be bright yellow with a tight skin. The ripened lemon is a bit smaller than when it was growing. Then just pick and enjoy!
There are tons of great uses for lemons. You don't just have to eat them. They can be used for cleaning, skin whitening, natural cures, and deordorizing (just to name a few). Here's some information on great uses for lemons!
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