How To Grow A Lemon Tree In A Pot
Unless you live in a sub-tropical or tropical climate, growing a lemon tree feels impossible. Those who live in a cooler climate don’t have the heat and humidity necessary, but they can learn how to grow a lemon tree in a pot. Growing a lemon tree in a container lets you get homegrown lemons in a limited space in any environment.
The great thing about growing a lemon tree in a pot is that you can put it on your patio, terrace, or inside your home. Wherever it’s located, the soft, citrus scent put off by the flowers will follow you. Lemon trees can even grow on a balcony; some varieties are better suited for kitchen gardens!
Picking the Best Lemon Tree Variety
The first thing that you should know is container lemon trees won’t get as large as a lemon tree grown in the ground. So, it’s best to use dwarf varieties and certain lemon varieties do better in containers than others.
- Meyer Improved Dwarf
- Ponderosa Dwarf
- Dwarf Eureka
You don’t want to try to grow a lemon tree from seeds. It can take up to 4 years to produce fruit, and it can be hard to wait. Instead, head to a local nursery to get a dwarf variety that handles containers well. Lemon trees typically don’t grow too large, so you can technically grow almost any variety in a pot.
If possible, buy a lemon tree that’s at least 3 years old so you don’t have to wait forever for it to start blooming and fruiting.
The Right Conditions for Lemon Trees
Dwarf lemon trees have similar needs as full-grown lemon trees. The most important thing that you need to consider is lemon trees require good drainage, so the pot needs to have proper drainage holes.
Pick a container that is at least 25% larger than the root ball. Clay pots are a better choice because it’s porous and evaporates water from the sides. Since lemon trees don’t like to be waterlogged, these qualities help.
You’ll want to pick an organic potting mix for the container.
Don’t forget that lemon trees need plenty of sunlight. Citrus family trees love full sun, around 7 to 8 hours of sunlight. If you’re growing the trees indoors, use grow lights to ensure the tree receives adequate lighting.