Growing Lemons at Home
Lemons are a favourite Citrus tree to grow at home. They are a little colder sensitive than most other citrus trees, but when planted in the correct position, lemons are a fabulous addition to the edible garden and will reward with loads of juicy fruits.
The favourite varieties of lemons grown in the home are Meyer, Eureka and Lisbon
Meyer Lemons are a smaller growing tree and can grow to about 2 metres. They are great in smaller garden spaces or in pots. It has a milder, less acidic flavour with a smooth, thin rind. Meyer Lemons can produce fruit all year, but the main crop is in winter.
Lisbon Lemon trees grow to around 4 metres. This variety has more thorns than others and are more tolerant of cold conditions. They have a full lemon flavour and produce their main crop during winter.
Lemon Yen Ben is an improved selection of Lisbon lemon with excellent crops of large, oval fruit with few seeds. One of the hardiest of lemons. This is the FAMOUS KERIKERI’S LEMON.
Eureka Lemons have relatively few seeds, are virtually thornless and grow up to four metres in height. It can produce fruit in spring and summer, but the main crop is produced in winter. Eureka Lemon trees are more suitable than other varieties to grow in seaside gardens.
Lemons in pots and small spaces. There are varieties of dwarf lemons available that are ideal for smaller gardens and pots on patios and balconies. These are grafted to produce beautiful, full sized and full favoured fruits on a small growing tree. Discover the wonderful range of dwarf growing lemons available.
Preparation and Planting
- Choose the variety best suited to your location and needs.
- Select a sunny position with well-drained soil and protection from cold winds and heavy frost.
- Dig a hole twice the size that is needed and dig in a high-quality soil improver and some organic Citrus fertiliser.
- Remove the new lemon plant from the container and tease the roots to encourage root growth into the soil.
- Position the plant in the hole and backfill with the blend of soil/soil improver and gently firm down. Form a raised or doughnut-shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant’s root zone to keep water where it’s needed.
- Water in well after planting and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
Caring for your Lemon
- Although quite drought tolerant once established, lemons like a good regular supply of water for reliable fruit production. Water your tree every 7 to 10 days during the summer.
- Lemons are prolific producers of fruit and require generous applications of citrus food. It is best to fertilise your trees in late summer/early autumn and again in late winter/early spring. Ensure to follow the directions on the packet and water well before and after the application.
- Good healthy growth and an abundant harvest of fruit. Pruning is best completed in late winter/early spring after the main harvest. Prune for a well-shaped tree and remove any weak or damaged branches.
- Pest Watch. There are a few pests and diseases that may affect lemon trees. These include Scale, Leaf Miner, Stink Bugs and Sooty Mould. We highly recommend applying GroVentive Garden Two Way Systemic Insecticide from GroSafe. If you spot a problem, bring in a picture and we can advise on the best method of control.
Enjoy the convenience of growing fresh and tasty lemons on your own tree.