Lemon Tree - TreeCitrus limon
Sweet fragrant flowers!
The Lemon Tree is a beautiful ornamental plant with fragrant flowers. Enjoy the lemon tree in your garden in a sunny area and in winter in a cool place indoors. As the blossom appears, a wonderful, sweet aroma spreads through the air. Its rich, creamy white flowers appear abundantly during spring. After two to three years, in late summer edible fruits will appear on the lemon tree. Take advantage of this offer now and look forward to picking your own fruit from your garden.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreThe lemon tree is best as a patio plant. Choose a large pot or planter with holes in the base. Cover the bottom with a layer of potsherds or hydro granules. Put a layer of potting compost in the pot and place the root ball of the lemon tree at the appropriate depth. Fill the pot with more potting compost and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Lemon Trees grow best in a sheltered, sunny area on the patio or decking.
The Lemon Tree makes a great combination plantYou can combine your lemon tree with other plant species from the Mediterranean to create a Mediterranean atmosphere on your patio. Acacia Armata and Syrah are lovely next to it Terracotta plant pots are ideal for this species.
Show morePruning Citrus lemon is not absolutely necessary. You may want to pinch out the growing tips to encourage a bushy habit. In winter or early spring remove dead or crossing branches. Water regularly in summer, rainwater is preferable to tap water as it is much softer. To improve the growth, we recommend that you add plant food when watering, using our special Fruit Tree Fertiliser; this will give young plants all they need to thrive and establish.
The lemon tree over winterThe tub plant Citrus lemon is not hardy. During the winter it can be overwintered in the conservatory or greenhouse before the first frosts or placed in a sunny spot and kept at a temperature around 5° C. You only have to water it once a month. The soil should be fairly dry, but not completely dried out.
Show moreThe many citrus species produce delicious fruit that can sometimes be a little acidic. However they are full of vitamin C. Many citrus fruits, such as oranges, mandarins and kumquats can be very sweet tasting and can be eaten without any preparation. Other species such as lemons and limes tend to be more popular used in various dishes worldwide, this also includes grated lemon peel which can often have a bitter taste. Sometimes even the leaves are used in food preparation (Thai cuisine). The people from North East Africa often chew on the leaf and find it delicious.
The different fruits are used in soft drinks, the ripe fruits with orange flesh are really delicious eaten fresh straight from the hand! A lovely refreshing taste, even the smell tantalises the taste buds. The calamondin tree is more a cross between a tangerine and kumquat. In both tropical and subtropical regions the calamondin is grown commercially. The ripe fruits are eaten fresh, even the skin is edible and the unripe fruits are used in soft drinks.
Citrus belongs to the rue family (Rutaceae).
HistoryCitrus trees are native to the Middle and Far East countries and have been cultivated for thousands of years. In the 15th century, the first oranges were bought to Europe by the Portuguese. Since then, the orange cultivation in the Mediterranean regions has steadily expanded. Now they are grown commercially all over the world in tropical and subtropical regions.
In days gone by ‘Orangeries’ were popular among the ‘upper class’ people, it was a specially built conservatory type building with large windows and heating. This is where the citrus trees and other plants in pots would be put to overwinter.