Citrus

Lemon tree in a pot: it's practical!


The lemon tree in a pot is a great idea to grow citrus at home.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Citrus limon

Height : 1 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Well drained

Foliage : Persistent
Flowering : March to July
Harvest : November to March

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The climate in most of our regions is not suitable for growing in the ground, but growing the lemon tree is quite possible when it is in a pot.

Repotting the lemon tree in a pot

Maintenance, from repotting to pruning, improves the lemon harvest while preventing the onset of disease.

The potted lemon tree cannot draw from the soil the nutritional elements which he needs. So it is from the pot and the soil that you are going to bring him that he will draw his reserves and his food.

Repotting is important:

  • It is carried out in springevery 2 to 3 years.
  • Choose a quality soil special citrus or plantation.
  • Make sure the bottom of the pot is well pierced
  • Place a bed of small pebbles or clay balls at the bottom of the hole to ensure excellent drainage.

Lemon tree pruning in a pot

You don't really need to prune, but if you don't prune your lemon tree will grow.
In pots, it is better to control its growth by pruning regularly

Cut each new shoot by about half, making sure to cut just above a leaf.
This will also allow your lemon tree to keep a nice compact shape.

  • You may have to intervene several times during the year.

Remove dead wood as you go, and optionally ventilate the interior of the lemon tree to restore light.

Watering lemon tree in pot

Watering is all the more important as the lemon tree in pots dries up much faster than if it were in the ground.
in summer, frequent watering is necessary, while in winter, the number of waterings should be reduced.

  • It is necessary to water as soon as the soil is dry, without flooding the pot.
  • Avoid any heat source such as near a radiator, as this can dry out your tree.

In times of growth, addspecial citrus fertilizer every 15 days or so to improve fruiting.

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Lemon tree in pot in winter

If container culture is perfectly suited for the lemon tree, it is also because it allows the lemon tree to be placed in a place luminous and where he does not freeze.

The lemon tree is not a houseplant and therefore will not be able to endure being in a heated room all year round, it needs some freshness from October to May.

It is therefore important to place it in an unheated greenhouse, for example, where the temperature does not drop below 0 °.

  • If you want a citrus fruit that tolerates indoor cultivation well, choose calamondin.

Harvesting lemons

The harvest usually takes place from November to March.

So it's up tofrost free and maintaining a land slightly damp that you will best bring the lemons to maturity.

Pick the lemons as soon as they easily come off the branch.

Sick potted lemon tree

As with the lemon tree outdoors and in the ground, the potted lemon tree is subject to attacks by certain parasites such as mealybugs, aphids but also to certain fungi such as moniliosis.

  • Moniliosis: lemons rot on the lemon tree
  • The cochineal: a whitish mass invades the foliage
  • Aphids: Leaves curl up and eventually fall off

When the lemon bursts or splits (like in the photo) it is a sign of a lack of water.


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Video: How to Pot Citrus Trees. Black Gumbo (October 2020).