How To Care for a Lemon Tree

Lemon trees are popular suburban and urban garden plants because they can be managed easily—no need for quality soil or a lot of patience compared with other plants. Despite that, a lemon tree can beautifully grow with its abundant fruit, lots of leaves, and height. Although a lemon tree is an “easy” tree, it still needs some proper care if you want it to continue growing beautifully.

Here are some caring tips for your lovely lemon tree:

  • Cold weather protection. The lemon tree originated from India but has been planted in the USA hundreds of years ago. Since it’s from a tropical region, a lemon tree needs special attention in a cold weather, especially during the first four years. You should protect it by putting more soil around lemon tree’s trunk. This extra soil should be about 15 inches thick. You can try using a tree wrap as well. Do this before winter’s first freeze. You can also sprinkle your lemon tree with some water so ice will be formed and that will protect the lemon tree.
  • Iron deficiency. A lemon tree can be iron deficient as well. Your tree is iron deficient if its leaves are light green or yellow. Save your tree from iron deficiency by placing iron supplements on the soil around the tree. Crushed supplement in tablet form is the best but other forms are okay.
  • Fungi. Summer can be the best season for a lemon tree but during this season several infections can probably attack the tree. You can avoid this from happening by spraying a fungicide called liquid copper to the lemon tree at the start of summer. Aside from fungi, the lemon tree must also be protected against greasy spot, citrus canker, and melanose.
  • More nutrients. A lemon tree should be blooming in spring. Help your plant be the most beautiful fruit-bearing tree by using a fertilizer that is designed specifically for fruit-bearing trees. Important nutrients that the tree needs are zinc, copper, and magnesium.
  • Moisture. A lemon tree needs moisture, so, you have to water the plant more often. Don’t overdo watering, though. It just needs to be always moist. Some lemon tree owners water their plants at least once every week. You can follow that, too, or you can check your tree every now and then. If its soil is dry, then it needs more water.
  • Mycorrhizal fungi. A lemon tree is exposed to root rotting. You can prevent this by applying mycorrhizal fungi once every year. This fungi is not needed if the lemon tree grows in the wild. However, most urban and sub-urban soils do not have mycorrhizal fungi. Another way to prevent root rotting is staying away from organic mulch. This triggers rotting of the lemon tree root.

There’s no need to worry growing a lemon tree if you are in a tropical country. But if you’re living in a four-season place, then your lemon tree really needs a hand to survive. But don’t worry because just like humans, trees can adapt to their new environment, too. With your proper care, your lemon tree can surely do that.


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