I have many fruit trees planted in my garden, but I love to place some in pots too. A potted lemon tree is also a good option if you have limited space. Whether you are placing your potted lemon tree on a patio or down the side of your house, today I have some simple tips to follow for a happy potted tree that will give you lots of lemons.
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Choosing A Lemon Tree
Because of the new various breeds of lemon trees available in most plant nurseries you can find a lemon tree suitable for a large pot. There are many new dwarf varieties available for a patio or balcony.
The Pick n’ Eat ‘Lemon Eureka’ tree is mostly a thornless lemon tree variety that has fruit throughout the year. The Meyer Lemon tree is less acidic than other lemons. Both of these plants are ideal for growing in a pot on your patio.
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Choosing A Pot
Select a large pot to grow your lemon tree. It is easier to put your pot in a sunny position first, once you fill it up it will be really hard to move.
Make sure your pot has drainage holes. I also like to fill up the bottom of my pot with some stones, this way the lemon tree won’t be sitting in water and will have excellent drainage.
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Soil & Fertiliser
Start with a good quality potting mix from your local nursery, this will give your lemon tree a great start. A good potting mix will have an Australian stamp of approval on the packaging.
It is recommended to use a Citrus tree slow release fertiliser for your lemon tree. Water in well after applying fertiliser.
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Watering & Mulching
Your potted lemon tree will need regular watering. Try not to let it dry out, keep the soil slightly damp. Place a layer of mulch over your potted lemon tree, this will help it to stay moist longer.
Tips For A Potted Lemon Tree
- Choose your lemon tree.
- Place your lemon tree in a good quality potting mix and a large pot.
- Ensure your pot has drainage holes.
- Your lemon tree will love to be placed in full sun
- Elevate your pot or place a saucer under the pot.
- Water your potted lemon tree two to three times a week, maybe even more in hot weather.
- Apply a slow release citrus fertiliser.