If you have a conservatory or frost free green house, lemon trees are easy to grow and if you follow a few simple rules, you can pick your very own lemons to accompany your gin and tonic! Exquisite smelling flowers are followed by small green fruit which gradually grow and turn a delicious yellow. Evergreen, ovate leaves all year round, this is a very attractive tree for your conservatory in the winter which can be placed on your patio from June onwards until October before coming back inside for the winter.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: ericaceous, john Innes no 3 added
- Eventual Size: 1.5m
- Habit: bushy
- Foliage: evergreen, ovate leaves
- Common Names: Lemon Tree
Preferably using rainwater, water generously during the summer, taking care to allow the compost to dry before watering again. Do not stand the pot in water, feed fortnightly during summer months with seaweed feed. Water much less in the winter but do not allow the compost to dry out completely.
From June onwards, the tree can be gradually intoduced to a sunny position in the garden before returning to a conservatory or frost free greenhouse in October. Keep away from radiators and underfloor heating. Mist freely to increase humidity.
Repot in the spring if necessary, increasing the pot size gradually. Use ericaceous compost with 25% John Innes no 3 added.
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