Lemon Growing Guide

Lemon

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Warm, moist soil, well-enriched with organic matter. When growing dwarf lemons in containers, avoid potting soils that contain wetting agents.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No. Grow at temperatures above 7°C (45°F). ‘Meyer’ lemons can survive modest freezes.

Feeding

In spring and summer, feed with a high nitrogen organic fertiliser. Fertilize more if you see yellowing leaves.

Companions

Peas, Dill, Yarrow, Thyme, Marigold, Borage and Calendula. Lemons and other citrus are heavy feeders that resent close company.

Spacing

Single Plants: 5.00m (16' 4") each way (minimum)
Rows: 5.00m (16' 4") with 5.00m (16' 4") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out new plants in spring. Good drainage is essential.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Prune in spring or summer to shape plants, and watch for thorns. The ‘Meyer’ lemon is easier to grow than other types.

Harvesting

Pick when richly coloured and fully ripe. Picking can continue for several weeks as fruits do not ripen all at once.

Troubleshooting

Soft soap sprays can help against scale insects and mealybugs

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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