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Lemons: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

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Lemon trees are enjoyable to grow both indoors and outdoors! These ever-green trees thrive in the southern climate. While this is not a tree that can be outdoors all winter long in a lot of areas of the country, it can still be grown in a container and moved indoors during the cool season.

How to Grow:

Lemon trees can be planted after the last spring frost in the spring and 8 weeks before the first fall frost. Trees and bushes are best planted in the spring or fall. They don’t transplant well in the heat. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Lemon trees should be planted about 10 feet apart from each other depending on type. We like to put them into Smart Pot containers so they can be moveable and come indoors during the colder seasons. Lemons will require full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water regularly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for lemons:

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Lemons will be ready to harvest approximately 3-5 years after transplanting. Different varieties of lemons will be harvested at different times. They can be harvested at any point throughout the year, but the most common time is in the winter months. You will know when your lemons are ripe because they will turn yellow and be firm. They will be approximately 2-3 inches in size when ready to harvest.

Cooking & Eating!

Enjoy your own home-grown lemons in a lemonade or any drink! Use the lemon zest to add to a meal as well!

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One thought on “Lemons: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

  1. Of the forty cultivars of citrus I grew on dwarfing rootstock back in the early 1990s, the ‘Lisbon’ lemon was the biggest and most aggressive. ‘Eureka’, which is more of a garden variety of the ‘Lisbon’ (that produced randomly throughout the year instead of within a limited season) was just about as big and aggressive. Since they do so well in the garden, I can not imagine growing them in containers. ‘Meyer’, which was our most popular citrus (but also one of my least favorites), is likely the most productive and conducive to confinement. It also has that distinctively rich flavor.

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