Lemon Growing Guide

Lemon

Crop Rotation Group

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Soil

Warm, moist soil, well-enriched with organic matter. When growing dwarf lemons in containers, avoid potting soils that contain wetting agents.

Position

A sheltered spot in full sun spring to fall. In winter, plants may be moved into a greenhouse, sunroom, or heated garage

Frost tolerant

No. Grow at temperatures above 7°C (45°F). ‘Meyer’ lemons can survive modest freezes.

Feeding

In spring and summer, feed with a high nitrogen organic fertilizer. Fertilize more if you see yellowing leaves.

Companions

Dill, Thyme, Marigold, Borage, Cosmos, Calendula and Peas. Lemons and other citrus are heavy feeders that resent close company.

Spacing

Single Plants: 16' 4" (5.00m) each way (minimum)
Rows: 16' 4" (5.00m) with 16' 4" (5.00m) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out new plants in late winter or early spring. Grow in containers of rich compost to keep plants compact and to make it easy to bring plants indoors for the winter. Good drainage is essential.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Prune in spring or summer to shape plants, and watch for thorns. The 'Meyer' lemon is easier to grow than other types.

Harvesting

Pick when richly colored and fully ripe. Picking can continue for several weeks as fruits do not ripen all at once.

Troubleshooting

Grow outdoors in the warmer months to expose plants to heat and pollinators. Soft soap sprays can help against scale insects and mealybugs.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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