How to Plant Common Australian Lemon Trees

Overview

Common Australian Lemon trees produce ample, delicious fruit throughout the growing season. Though water requirements are high, these trees are relatively easy to take care of in warm climates. Light pruning and fertilizing will keep your tree healthy while directing energy towards fruit production. When purchasing a young lemon tree, look for one that has not yet flowered or produced any fruit as this is usually an indication of stress.

Step 1

Find the right location in your yard. Common Australian Lemon trees grow best with 8 or more hours of sunlight a day and well-draining soil. If planting more than one tree, leave a 10 foot radius of space around each.

Step 2

Dig a hole as deep as the container and twice as wide.

Step 3

Place the young lemon tree in the center of the hole and back fill with original dirt. The root ball should sit no more than 1-2 inches below the surface.

Step 4

Gently stamp on the soil around the base of the tree to eliminate any air pockets.

Step 5

Fully soak the ground around the base of the tree immediately after planting. Continue to water 3-4 times per week until tree is fully established. Soil should be kept moist but not soggy at all times.

Step 6

Spread high quality mulch around the tree at least 12 inches from the trunk. This will help retain soil moisture and protect from an onslaught of weeds.

Tips and Warnings

  • Protect lemon trees from frost by wrapping the branches with blankets and plastic.

Things You'll Need

  • Young lemon tree
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Mulch

References

  • Reader's Digest Australia: How to Grow a Lemon Tree
  • Gardening Australia: Citrus Trees
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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.