Seven tips to grow lemon plants in pot
1. SELECTING A LEMON PLANT
Select a good quality, high yield plant from the nursery. A grafted lemon plant works best as it will start yielding fruit in the same year. A plant grown from seed will take nearly 5 years to start fruiting , so you know that it is a fruiting grafted variety. Onlinenurserynepal.com provides high quality grafted fruit plants as a rebliable seller. The most popular variery are Golden Lemon (Sun kagati) and Eureka Lemon .
2. SELECTING A POT FOR LEMON TREE
Select 14” pot – plastic works well because it retains the heat which a lemon plant loves. If you prefer terracotta, that is fine too. Make sure the pot has a good number of holes for proper drainage.
3. THE ALL IMPORTANT SOIL MIX FOR LEMON TREES
Now for the mix. Lemon or any other citrus plant needs well draining light soil. A compacted mass of a soil in the pot will not help the growth of the feeder roots from the tap root system. After a lot of reading and research – I have come to this formula. A regular potting mix is equal parts garden soil, cocopeat and compost. For lemon, instead of 1 part garden soil, I dilute the garden soil with 50% sand for faster draining and lighter soil. You can buy sand from any garden / construction store.
So ideal potting mix I have prepared for a lemon tree is:
20% garden soil
20% sand or Perlitie
A lot of websites and experts recommend keeping the top layer of the plant covered with mulch, to avoid the weeds which lemon plant hates. They can be shredded cardboard , straw or dryleaves which works best .
5. POSITION OF THE LEMON TREE
When it comes to a lemon tree, it is all about location. Keep your newly potted plant in semi shade for some time, so that it gets adjusted to its new home. Once you see new leaves cropping up, time to move it to full sun, where the plant gets at least 5 hours of good sunlight. If you are growing the lemon tree in a pot in the balcony, then keep note of the direction of maximum sunlight and place accordingly.
6. WATERING THE LEMON TREE
A newly potted plant needs to be watered well every alternate day – deep watering is essential so that the root ball gets the necessary hydration. Once the plant is somewhat established, watering can be tapered to twice a week and then once a week or so. A good test is to poke the soil with your finger. If more than one inch of the soil is dry, then better to give the lemon tree a watering. Summers may need more watering so keep an eye on how dry the soil is. Lemon tree in a pot needs more careful watering than that in the ground as the roots cannot spread outside of the pot in search of water.
7. LEMON TREE FEEDING
Citrus plants are demanding in terms of nutrition, so make sure you feed it adequate well rotted compost every two months, apart from any other nutrients that it may specifically need, such as potassium, magnesium etc. When you are growing lemon tree in a pot, each of these problems can be addressed to separately. You can add slowrelease mixed fertilizer or organic liquid fertilizer for lemons which you can buy from Onlinenurserynepal.com .