A picture of a Limoneira Lemon

Limoneira Lemon

Citrus limon 'Limoneira'

Also known as

Lemon

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

4m

2m

Min

3m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Fruit is harvested as it ripens, optimal ripening time is from autumn to mid-winter.

Limoneira Lemon Overview

Limoneira is a selection of Lisbon, developed in California. The selection was released in South Africa around 1998 and is now one of the most popular lemons in SA. It has good production, medium fruit size and high oil content. It has protracted flowering. It blooms 4-6 times more than the Eureka, making it more productive and has a lower seed content. The fruit reaches its most optimal ripeness level from Autumn to Winter. It is also less thorny than the Lisbon.

Common problems with Limoneira Lemon

Susceptible to sunburn and wind blemish.

Limoneira Lemon Companion Plants

How to propagate Limoneira Lemon

Seed

Sow seeds as soon as ripe in moist soil and keep warm.

Cuttings

Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer, root with rooting hormone, bottom heat and overhead misting. Graft during Spring while actively growing on seedling or another rootstock.

Special features of Limoneira Lemon

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects like bees

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers. Place in a sunny position and provide good drainage.

Hedge plant

Effective evergreen hedge screen.

Attractive flowers

Fragrant white flowers

Attractive leaves

Evergreen glossy leaves

Attractive fruits

Sunny yellow fruit

Other uses of Limoneira Lemon

Medicinal

Lemons neutralise acidic body fluids - start your day with a slice of lemon in a cup of boiling water.

Edible

Leaves flavour traditional bobotie dishes; fruit is delicious sliced in drinks or use the juice as a meat tenderiser or to flavour dishes.