How to Water a Lemon Tree

Proper watering is crucial to growing a lemon tree. image by Cruccone:


Lemon trees are wonderful additions to a garden or yard. Lemons are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that have many healing benefits. Home grown lemons ensure that you'll get plenty of the health benefits throughout the growing season. Lemon trees can be difficult to care for if they aren't watered properly. Typically, lemon trees don't do well if they get too dry or too soggy. Here's how to find the proper watering technique for your lemon tree:

Step 1

Water your lemon tree early in the morning. Give your tree enough water to penetrate the roots.

Step 2

Use a moisture meter to check the water level at the roots.

Step 3

Repeat watering 2 or 3 times during the week for young trees, which need 5 gallons of water a week. Potted indoor trees also should be watered 2 to 3 times a week. Repeat watering every 7 days for adult plants.

Step 4

Water indoor trees daily during the hot summer months so that the soil is wet but not soggy.

Step 5

Monitor your lemon tree each day by checking the soil. It should be never be dry or soggy. Use the moisture meter to check the water level at the roots. Root balls should be drenched but never soggy.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon tree
  • Moisture meter


  • Lemon Tree Watering
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About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

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