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Growing Lemon Tree in containers | Planting and care

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Mayor Lemon

You may have seen large lemon trees in the garden. In summer, when yellow and green fruits thrive on them, it becomes the attraction of a garden. And if you plant a Meyer Lemon tree, it is even more beneficial,  because the Meyer lemon tree produces too many fruits in the containers. The fragrance of the flower of Meyer Lemon tree is also very attractive. It is sweeter than other fruits. The upper peel is thin, which makes cooking easier. This tree can be easily planted in a container, although if this tree is planted directly in the ground, it can go up to 8-10 feet height, and when it is placed in the container it becomes smaller.

If you have a lack of space or you want to live in a cold area and develop lemon trees, it is a good option in the container. You can provide both space saving and environments on lemon in containers.
Mayer lemons have not been developed from seed; these trees are grafted so that they are able to produce faster than other trees. Here are some easy tips for planting Meyer Lemon tree in containers by Nature Bring.


 Scientific name                   Citrus x limon

Common name                     Lemon

Plant type                               Fruit

Sun require                            Full sun
Soil                                            Well drained/ sandy soil

Soil Ph                                      5.5-6.5

Zone                                           9-11

Lemon Tree in container

Growing condition Lemon tree

  • All kinds of citrus trees prefer direct sun. When you develop the lemon tree inside the house, it needs more light as much as possible. Therefore, select a window where Sunlight direct comes. However, if you give it sufficient bright, indirect sunlight than its trees can survive.
  • If you want to develop lemon in the container then it is very easy, some things are needed which you have to keep in mind. To plant lemon trees in the container, you can get the dwarf variety of lemon tree from the nearby nursery. It is a small tree and is well developed in the container.
  • Some of the lemon’s dwarf varieties are predominant, the Mayor Improved dwarf and Lisbon Ponderosa dwarf, their needs are similar to the lemon tree that is also growing outdoor.
  • The lemon tree requires good drainage, so before planting, see if the drainage hole is right or not.
  • If the temperature the temperature between 50 to 80 degrees F is better. It is growing well at USDA Zone 9-11. If the temperature starts falling regularly by 50 degrees F then you should bring your lemon tree in the house or in a safe place.
  • During the growing season (spring-to-fall), you should give your citrus tree high nitrogen or slow-release fertilizer. If you want, add extra fertilizer to the liquid kelp, fish emulsion, and mix it with liquid fertilizer.
  • Citrus trees require a lot of water to grow well, especially plants which are engaged in containers. Water gives moisture to the soil, but prevent it from getting soggy. If the soil of the pot appears dry by touching it then give it water again.
    If it is allowed to dry, the leaves of the lemon tree will fall off.

The popular dwarf  lemon tree grew in containers

Meyer Lemon: It was imported from China in 1908. It was a cross between a lime and a mandarin. Its taste is very sweet and is less acidic than the actual lemon.

Calamondin: Its leaves and size are both attractive. It produces aromatic flowers. It is more to eat and more to beauty.

Kaffa lime tree: It’s fragrance leaves are generally used to eat in Asian cuisine. While this dwarf citrus tree reaches 5 feet long, the fruit of the tree is made for attractive asymmetrical surfaces.


Lemon Tree

Lemon Care

  • Citrus likes a well-drained soil, which allows moisture well. But there is more air space around the root.
  • Like other citrus fruits, lemon requires high nitrogen fertilizer. Use in proportion to nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium 2: 1: 1. Give your tree nutrients for 6 to 8 weeks. If yellow leaves appear in the plant, then it is a sign of lack of fertilizer.
  • You give water to your lemon tree constantly. If the soil above 1 inch dries up, give it water again.
  • To maintain the shape of the tree requires pruning. it encourages the development of new branches and the production of fruits, this tree is also strengthened.


If you keep your lemon tree inside in the winter, it can take a year to rip your lemon, because the citrus fruit ripen continues on the trees. These fruits are harvested only after ripening. For Mayor lemon, when its skin becomes yellowish like egg yolk and appears soft to the touch. Use a scissor or knife to harvest, because the tree can also be damaged by the pull.

Pests and diseases

Meyer Lemon trees are free from troubles. Extremely acceptable and gracious, they just need some organic manure and sometimes water. Citrus trees live for a long time and are able to produce thousands of dollars of fruits. If they are inside the house then keep the sunshine close to the window. The Meyer Lemon tree is growing well in Containers, you should fix the size of the container according to the tree size. Mealybugs, spider mites, aphids and scales etc insects are an effect. You can easily get rid of most popular natural pesticides like neem oil.

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