How to Plant a Ponderosa Lemon Tree


The nickname for the Ponderosa lemon is "The Five Pound Lemon." With their bumpy skin and extra-large girth they don't resemble a true lemon. That is because the Ponderosa lemon is a cross between lemon and citron. Yet the flavor of the lemon remains, and the juice of this fruit is used the same way you would use the juice of a normal lemon. Lemons are the least cold hardy of the citrus fruit trees, according to agriculturalists at Texas A&M University, and the Ponderosa lemon tree is even less tolerant of the cold. This tree grows most successfully in the warmer climates of California, Texas and Florida.

Step 1

Choose a planting site that receives full sun all day.

Step 2

Remove all weeds and grass in a 2-foot diameter around the planting site.

Step 3

Dig a hole the same depth and twice the width of the pot in which the Ponderosa lemon tree is growing.

Step 4

Tip the pot over on its side, and gently lift the tree from it. Using a gentle stream of water from the hose, rinse away the soil covering the outer roots of the rootball.

Step 5

Place the tree in the hole, making sure that the bud union (the swelling on the lower part of the trunk where the tree was grafted) will be 2 inches above the soil.

Step 6

Fill the hole halfway with soil, then fill it with water. Allow the water to drain and finish filling the hole with soil. Mound the soil 1 inch up the base of the tree and pack it tightly.

Step 7

Form a circle around the tree made out of soil, mounded 3 inches high and 8 inches wide, placed 2 feet away from the base of the tree.

Step 8

Fill the watering ring with water right after planting.

Step 9

Water again in three days and every three days for the first two weeks. After that, water once a week. According the agriculturalists at Texas A&M University, the watering ring will eventually wear into the soil and the tree will, at that time, be established.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water


  • Texas A&M University: Home Fruit Production: Lemons
  • Citrus Trees Online: Ponderosa Lemon
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