Friday, 10 October 2014

How to grow a lemon tree

At our house we have a lemon tree that we love. We have the thornless lemon tree as our son is always in the garden. The Thornless Lemon is very similar to the variety 'Eureka' in growing habits. The only difference would be that the fruit has a smooth skin and when the fruit is left on the tree after ripening the skin remains finer than that of the Eureka.  Here are some tips to help you on your way: 
  • Choose the sunniest spot in the yard to plant a lemon tree in the ground, or pot a dwarf variety in a small garden.
  • Fertilise with organic matter or manure every three to six months, or add slow-release fertiliser if potted.
  • Soil should be kept moist but not wet, as too much water yellows the leaves until they drop.  
  • Give the tree lots of water in spring and summer, easing off in autumn and winter.
  • Mulch around the base to protect the roots, suppress weeds and retain moisture. Use an organic variety that breaks down to improve the soil, such as well-rotted cow manure or sugar cane mulch, ensuring it doesn't touch the stem and cause rotting.
  • Prune to encourage new growth by cutting back half the current season's growth before planting.
  • Prune again when the tree has matured and annually to keep fruit within reach.
  • Twist lemons off the stem to avoid harming the tree. 
 
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