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Lemon Tree Care image by R Stanek: Flickr.com
Lemon Tree Care image by R Stanek: Flickr.com

Overview

Lemon trees grow best in extremely warm climates, where they are harvested for their delicious fruit. The trees are smaller in size, and their lemons add a splash of color to the surroundings. For best results, lemon trees should be planted after the last frost.

Temperature

Lemon trees need temperatures above or around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and will go into dormancy in temperatures lower than 55 degrees.

Soil

Lemon trees thrive best in soil that is slightly acidic and well draining. Sandy soil is usually the best soil for the lemon tree.

Water

Lemon trees need to be watered every two days during the first few weeks of planting. The amount is gradually tapered off to every seven to 10 days once the tree establishes itself. The soil should be kept moist at all times.

Light

Lemon trees need full sunlight for at least six hours every day and should be placed under fluorescent grow lights if grown indoors.

Tips

Apply 1 cup of ammonium sulfate to the soil for each year the tree has been growing. For example, a three-year old tree requires 3 cups of ammonium sulfate, which should be given over three to four applications throughout the year.

References

  • Lemon Trees
  • Growing Lemons
Keywords: ammonium sulfate, lemon tree, slightly acidic soil

About this Author

Lily Obeck is a copywriter based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She writes for print, online, outdoor and broadcast marketing, with expertise in health, education and lifestyle topics. Obeck holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Texas and works as a part-time children's library assistant.

Photo by: R Stanek: Flickr.com

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