Lemon (Container Grown) Growing Guide
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Warm, moist soil, well-enriched with organic matter. When growing dwarf lemons in containers, avoid potting soils that contain wetting agents.
No. Grow at temperatures above 7°C (45°F). ‘Meyer’ lemons can survive modest freezes.
In spring and summer, feed with a high nitrogen organic fertiliser. Fertilize more if you see yellowing leaves.
Lemons and other citrus are heavy feeders that resent close company, so companion plants have to be planted a little way away.
Single Plants: 60cm (1' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 60cm (1' 11") row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Set out new plants in spring. Grow in containers of rich compost to keep plants compact and to make it easy to move plants when needed. Good drainage is essential. Start small plants in containers at least 30cm (1ft) wide and pot them up a size yearly until they reach mature size.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.
Prune in spring or summer to shape plants, and watch for thorns. The ‘Meyer’ lemon is easier to grow than other types.
Pick when richly coloured and fully ripe. Picking can continue for several weeks as fruits do not ripen all at once.
Soft soap sprays can help against scale insects and mealybugs. In Australia fruit fly are a pest of lemons, make sure to take appropriate control measures in areas where they are present. It is important to dispose of any infected fruit and fruit has fallen to the ground by placing them in a sealed plastic bag in the sun for at least 7 days to kill the eggs and larvae. Do not compost fruit as this will lead to the fruit fly completing their life cycle and lead to the problem recurring.
Planting and Harvesting Calendar
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