Imagine! Having a freshly sliced lemon wedge whenever your heart desires! How awesome would it be to always have lemon water around your house? I’ll show you how easy it is to grow a lemon tree-indoors!
** It is recommended that you purchase a dwarf lemon tree. The Improved Meyer Lemon variety tends to do the best indoors. Purchase a tree that is at least two years old.
To maintain your healthy tree, begin by placing a saucer slightly larger than the plant’s pot (take this time to make sure that your pot has drainage holes. Make some if it doesn’t) Sprinkle gravel across the saucer. This will help provide the tree with adequate drainage, because as we all know: root rot kills!
When planting indoors, I always make sure to use a potting soil. There are several varieties of soil out there, so I always ask the workers at my local nursery for their input! The size of the container could depend on the kind of soil needed. Fill your planter about halfway full of potting soil.
Next, remove your dwarf lemon tree from it’s plastic container, and place it in the pot. Spread out the roots of the tree, but make sure you are extremely gentle! Cover with soil, taking care to cover all roots. Water immediately after transplanting.
When growing citrus trees indoors, many growers find that their plants like to be misted with water. This makes sense, because fruit trees do love the humidity! Mist with a spray bottle frequently. Consider your climate when misting, areas with more humidity tend to need less mist. Keep the soil moist.
Lemon trees thrive in temperatures of 70 degrees during the day, with cooler temps at night. It is important to remember that trees love light, and your lemon tree would do best if kept in a southern-facing window. Lemon trees need up to 12 hours of light during the cold months.
The fruits can be harvested in 4-6 months (depending on the variety of lemons you are growing). More often than not, fruits can be harvested for months after they are ready.