Lemon Growth Facts

Overview

Lemon is a fruit that is available year round. The lemon's first mention in literature was in the10th century by an Arabic farmer. It is believed the lemon was developed in southern Asia or India as a mixture between a lime and citron.

Soil

Lemons are able to thrive and grow in extremely infertile soil; lemon trees grow in sand and even soil with large amounts of clay. The only requirement is an adequate drainage system.

Size

Lemon trees can grow between 10 and 20 feet tall. Smaller dwarf versions, such as the Meyer lemon, grow much smaller, and can even be grown indoors.

Production

The lemon tree remains in bloom year round and can produce between 500 to 600 lemons a year when mature, according to Food Reference, a website devoted to cooking and food facts.

Uses

Lemons are commonly used to flavor and garnish food. The fruit is also a natural cleanser because of its high acid content. You can squeeze lemons to form lemon juice; each lemon has about 3 tablespoons of juice.

Nutrition

One lemon contains approximately 40 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. Lemons good sources for fiber, iron and calcium.

Location

Lemon plants need approximately six hours of sunshine per day and grow well in tropical and subtropical areas. Outdoor lemons grow best in growth zones 9 and 10--the southern most tips of the United States.

References

  • Food Reference
  • Purdue University
  • USA Weekend

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Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.