We love to grow your own at Lazy Flora, and Lemon Tree is no exception! These trees are so fragrant and beautiful to look at - plus, when you harvest your first lemon, you get the most wonderful sense of accomplishment. You GREW that! Lemon Trees are the gift that keeps on giving, not only can you harvest your own crop but you also get lovely fragrances! Providing the correct conditions are important to see this plant thrive. Your Lemon Tree will be happiest on a protected, sunny patio in the warmer months but it won't survive UK winters outside, so make sure you bring it indoors well before the first frost of the year and overwinter it indoors. When moving it back outdoors in the spring, make sure you give it time to acclimatise before leaving it baking in the sun all day, otherwise it can get sunburnt (yes, plants can get sunburnt too).
Where's it from?
Lemon Trees grow well all over the world but perhaps the most famed lemons of them all are those grown in areas of the Mediterranean.
Lemon Trees can be grown outdoors in planters during the summer when the weather is warm (June- early Sept, above 18C) and then brought back indoors and placed by a warm, sunny window for the cold, winter months. Heated conservatories and hallways are all perfect locations.
Your new Lemon tree will need a good amount of sunlight a day so put it somewhere that gets at least 6 hours of good filtered sunlight a day. The more sun your lemon tree gets the larger the fruits will be.
The most common mistake when caring for lemons trees is over and underwatering. If your tree is starting to lose its flowers, leaves or unripe fruit then the soil is too dry. Check your Lemon Tree every few days and when the top of the soil starts to feel dry to the touch then it’s time to give it some water - but don't leave it soggy!
Common pests and how to combat them
Aphids are a common Lemon Tree pest but are easy to tackle - blast them away with a strong jet of water from the hose.
Did you know?
When your Lemon Tree bears fruit there are lots of excellent things you can do with it. From cooking, baking, or garnish for drinks - lemon is such a versatile fruit. It is also worth us mentioning the fragrance that comes from the flowers before the lemons arrive, they're amazing!
Toxic to pets Yes