Why We Grow Lemons In Houses
Lemons are cultivated in the home around the whole world. To grow lemons in the pots is very easy because they require limited space. Lemons are mostly cultivated in the tropical and subtropical regions.
They grow well in a warm climate but can be also grown in a cold climate by following precautionary measures. The best season to grow lemons is from late winter to early spring.
Freshly picked lemons are used to add flavor to meals, sauces, marinade, drinks, desserts, dishes, etc. they are used in small quantities due to their sour taste. We use lemon in our daily routine to add flavor to our meal or to boost immunity.
Easiest And Faster Way To Grow Lemon In A Pot
To grow lemon in the pot is very easy that’s why many people cultivate lemons in their houses. We can grow lemon trees faster in-home by following instructions.
How to Grow Lemon Tree In Pots (With all Care Tips)
Best Season For Planting Lemon Tree
The best season to plant a lemon tree in summer. We can also plant a lemon tree in winter with some precautionary measures. We mostly plant lemon trees from late winter to early spring.
1. Choose The Right Seed For Your Purpose.
When you are going to plant a lemon tree in your home keep one thing in your mind while buying seeds from the market or nursery. That is you are going to plant a lemon tree in the pot not in the ground so buy dwarf lemon varieties. They are easy to cultivate in the pot because their size is small.
They have not overgrown so they remain in the pot. For home cultivation in the pot, I will recommend Meyer, Libson, and Ponderosa.
Sow The Seeds In The Seed Starting Pots
If you are living in a very cold climate then before sowing seed in container sow seeds in seed starting pots. for this purpose, you will have a good quality of soil, good quality seed, and seed tray or disposable glass to sow seed.
you can also make your own soil by mixing organic compost and coco peat by 1:1 you can also mix your garden soil along with these ingredients. Mix above mentioned ingredients well. pour the mixture in the seed tray. Sow seeds in the tray and keep your seed tray on a sunny location.
Also, supply water to your seeds and keep the soil moist. After 7-10 days your seeds will germinate. when the seedling is ready then carefully transplant it to the pot.
2. Select The Right Pot.
The selection of container and container size is also very critical. Container size matters a lot so for home cultivation, the pot which can contain 5-6 gallons is best. The non-porous ceramic pot is also good because it has pores on the bottom for drainage.
But I will recommend you use only clay pot it is the best one. The clay pot has small holes of water evaporates from them. Water also evaporates from the sides.
Due to sufficient drainage of water from the holes, the roots are not wet and dry. The standing water is bad for lemon tree proper growth. So we tried to use pot which has good drainage capacity.
We can plant lemon in all types of soil but the soil which is moist is best for planting lemons. The dry, wet, salty, and soggy soil is not good for a lemon tree. If we plant lemon trees in this type of land it will result in less yield.
To maintain nutrient balance in the soil mix organic matter with an earthworm. Potting is also a very important factor for commercial potting mix peat mosses, perlite, and vermiculite. The ideal pH of soil for planting a lemon tree is (5.5-6.5).
4. Critical Light Length.
Light is also one of the most important factors for planting a lemon tree. The lemon tree is a long day plant. It requires to light up to eight to nine hours for proper growth.
If you are planting a lemon tree in your home then keep your pot on sunny and wind-free location. Light is the most critical factor for the faster growth of the lemon tree.
The consistent watering is beneficial for the lemon tree. If you watered your lemon tree with consistency it will show faster growth. If you watered your lemon tree not regularly it will result in less fruit production. In summer water your lemon tree frequently to keep your lemon tree healthy.
Humidity is also a very important factor. If you are growing lemon tree indoor then the humidity will be near up to 50-60 percent. If humidity is lower than 40 percent then lemon tree drops its leaves. You can maintain humidity by using a humidifier.
7. Best Temperature For The Lemon Tree.
Temperature plays an important role in the growth of the lemon tree. The temperature below 30 degrees Fahrenheit is dangerous for a lemon tree. The lemon trees may die at this temperature.
According to a new discovery, a variety of lemon trees which is Meyer can survive below 24 degrees Fahrenheit. freezing temperature is poisonous for a lemon tree.
The optimum temperature for planting lemon trees faster is 50degree Fahrenheit to 82-degree Fahrenheit.
If the temperature of your surrounding is below then 35 degrees Fahrenheit then shift your lemon tree indoor or covered it with a cloth to avoid from cold.
The lemon tree is a heavy feeder. For juicy, fleshy, and bloomy lemons we will have to use a lot of fertilizers. But inorganic fertilizer which is also known as commercial fertilizer. commercial fertilizers are very harmful to our health and environment. So we recommended using organic fertilizers.
To give organic fertilizer to the lemon tree we can use grass trimmings of our lawn. Through the grass trimming of your lawn in your pot, they are good source nitrogen for your lemon tree. You can also add compost and decomposed kitchen scrap over the soil for organic fertilizers source.
*essential nutrients for the lemon tree are phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium. They play an important role in the growth of the lemon tree.
When we add a sprinkle of the bone meal it adds phosphorous to the soil. Phosphorous prevents the lemon tree from blooming. We can also give eggshells to our lemon tree it gives calcium to the plant.
9. Take Care From Pest And To Avoid From Diseases.
The mealy bugs, spider, aphids, scales, etc may attack lemon trees. They may reduce yield. To avoid the pest attack we will use the use of pesticides. To Avoid from fungal attack we will use fungicides. Some weeds may also appear they may use soil nutrients which is not good for your lemon tree so you can use weed killers.
The citrus canker is a bacterial infection of the lemon tree. In this disease yellow halo-likes scabs are formed on leaves, twigs, and fruit of the lemon tree. Sooty mold and root rot are also diseases of the lemon tree.
10. Pinching and Pruning.
Pinching is also an important step. Do pinching regularly of your lemon tree. Pinch the growing tip of a 5-inch long branch.
Please prune your lemon tree after a few days. But prune only dead and diseased branches of your lemon tree because lemon tree stores its extra food in its branches. During pruning prune suckers. the best month for pruning is February to march.
11. Harvesting Of Lemons.
Harvest lemons after 6 to 8 months. Not pick lemons early because lemon not ripens after removing from the tree. So pick lemons when they have a bright yellow color. Cut of lemons by pruning shears or by pulling the lemon from the stalk.
12. HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMONS.
*lemons help us to boost immunity.
*lemons help us to maintain a complexion that’s why it is used in many beauty products.
*lemons prevent us from asthma.
*lemons have antioxidants they remove free radicles and these help skin cells from damage.
*lemons have a high quantity of vitamin C and fibers.
*lemons help in weight loss.
*lemons help the digestive tract and also help in maintaining heart health.
*lemons have magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous.
*lemons reduce the risk of cancer and kidney stone.
*lemon help in hydration.