Lemon Tree

Citrus x limon

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Citrus x limon is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree with spiny branches and light green, oval-shaped leaves. In spring and summer, it produces fragrant white flowers that develop into edible yellow fruits, known commonly as Lemons. They can be grown outdoors in full sun in frost-free areas and need a well-drained, neutral or acidic soil. In a glasshouse, grow in full light, in loam-based potting compost.

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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Fruit can be taken when ripe, roughly 5-7cm long and when they are yellow or yellow green in colour.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take semi hardwood cuttings.

Seed

Can be propagated by seed but won't come true to type.

Special features

Attractive fruits

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Compost

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The fruit is often used in flavouring food and drinks.

Notes

In warmer climates it is grown as a fruit crop, in colder climates it is grown in containers for indoor display's in conservatories and greenhouses. In city locations it can be grown outside provided it is given frost protection.

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Pests usually only a problem under glass.

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