How to Get a Lemon Tree to Fruit


Lemon trees are ideal for growing in containers or as a focal point to landscape your front yard. In order for any plant to bear fruit or nuts, pollination is important. Lemon trees produce male and female flowers to pollinate without the presence of another compatible lemon tree. Keeping your lemon tree healthy and free of stress is the best method to get a lemon tree to fruit.

Step 1

Drill additional drainage holes in the container pot holding the lemon tree. Drainage is imperative to keep lemon trees free from moisture damage. Insert a water meter into the soil to prevent over-watering the lemon tree.

Step 2

Use a soil pH testing kit to test the container soil every several months. According to Purdue Horticulture, lemon trees need a soil with the pH range of 5.5 to 6.5. Add lime to the soil if it becomes too acidic.

Step 3

Place the lemon tree in a location to get plenty of sun. Lemon trees need an average of eight hours of direct daily sunlight. Move the container around or use artificial plant grow lights.

Step 4

Examine the lemon tree for blooms. Collect pollen on the end of an artist paintbrush. Scatter the pollen into the other flowers on the tree. Repeat using different flowers from the tree for the pollen collection. Lemon trees will self-pollinate but using the artist brush helps the tree along.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never over-water lemon trees. Bring lemon trees inside when windy or cold temperatures are present outdoors.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon tree
  • Drill
  • Water meter
  • Soil pH testing kit
  • Fertilizer
  • Artificial plant grow light
  • Artist paintbrush


  • Perdue Horticulture: Lemon
  • Texas A&M Agrilife Extension: Texas Citrus and Subtropical Fruits

Who Can Help

  • Myerlemontree: Myer Lemon Tree Instructions
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About this Author

Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.