Also question is, can a lemon tree be grown in a pot?
When growing lemon trees in containers, the needs are very similar to lemon trees growing in the ground. The lemon trees will need good drainage, so make sure the pot has drainage holes. They will also need consistent and regular watering.
Regarding this, do lemon trees need a lot of sun?
As a citrus variety, lemon trees require full sun, which means about 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. For indoor growth, simply place them in front of a south-facing or sunny window. Once you’ve scouted your chosen area and selected your favorite lemon tree, it’s easy to plant.
Do lemon trees need big pots?
You’ll first need to choose a planter large enough to accommodate your growing lemon tree. Barrel planters, grow bags and large flower pots are great options, as they provide ample room for the roots to expand and thrive.
Understand the light and temperature requirements of citrus – Citrus trees need 8 hours of sun and a sunny, wind-free location is ideal. Citrus trees are also very frost-sensitive and must be protected or moved inside to a covered area in cold weather.
The container should have drainage holes as citrus trees do not like “wet feet” and should be at least 15 gallons (57 L.) (an old whiskey barrel is ideal). Include a little slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote. Heavy duty coasters will enable you to easily move the tree.
The only way to keep them small is by pruning. Pruning is critical in developing a smaller size. As intimidating as it may be, do not let the ultimate size of the tree discourage you from not keeping it small to suit your needs.
When grown outdoors in warm climates, regular lemon trees grow 20 feet tall and take up to six years to bear fruit.
Check on your soil once a week. If it feels dry to the touch 2 inches below the surface, it’s time for more water. Slowly pour water into the pot and count to 20, or wait until you see water running out of the bottom of the pot. Generally, Meyer Lemon Trees need water every one to two weeks.
A lemon tree will generally need to be repotted every three to four years. At this juncture, you have two options. You can transplant the tree into a larger container or lift it out, prune the roots, and repot it in the same container with fresh soil.
How to grow lemons in a pot. When planting in a pot, choose a dwarf lemon variety, such as ‘Lots a Lemons’ or Dwarf Eureka. Choose a pot at least 500mm wide.
A new citrus tree will grow fine in an 8-inch diameter container to start. Two to three year old trees will need a 10 to 12 inch diameter container. Eventually, you’ll need a 16 to 20 gallon container or one-half whiskey barrel-sized container for long term growth.