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How to Grow Miniature Lemon Trees

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Overview

Living in an apartment can sometimes feel stuffy, stale or lifeless. Growing plants inside of your apartment or home can add color and fragrant scents. Adding a citrus tree, such as lemon, is possible with the prevalence of the miniature varieties available. Taking care of these trees requires a bit of work and the right location, but the added color to your home is worth it.

Step 1

Transplant your new miniature lemon tree into a large pot or container using vermiculite soil. Make sure the pot is large enough to account for the root growth or you will need to change it regularly.

Step 2

Place your potted lemon tree by a window that has several hours of sun coming through it to keep your plant growing. Place it by a window that gets morning sun, or where the light is filtered slightly, to ensure you do not burn out the leaves.

Step 3

Water your lemon tree daily when it is hot or dry outside and during the summer. Citrus trees require quite a bit of water. Water every other day in the spring and the fall. Water the plant so that the soil is moist in the winter, and water again when the soil is dry to the touch.

Step 4

Fertilize your tree with a liquid organic fertilizer every three waterings, using the amount directed on the packaging.

Step 5

Prune your lemon tree into your desired shape, and cut it at the top to inhibit upward growth once the plant has grown to the height you wish. Cut away dead or diseased branches, as well as those crossing each other, to promote good fruit generation.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot or container
  • Watering can
  • Windows
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Organic Bouquet: Miniature Lemon Tree Care
  • Aggie Horticulture: Lemons
  • Meyer Lemon Tree: How to Prune a Meyer Lemon Tree
Keywords: miniature lemon tree, grow lemons, meyer lemon

About this Author

Cleveland Van Cecil is a freelancer writer specializing in technology. He has been a freelance writer for three years and has published extensively on eHow.com, writing articles on subjects as diverse as boat motors and hydroponic gardening. Van Cecil has a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Baldwin-Wallace College.