How To Grow A Lemon Tree Indoors

Lemon Tree Indoor Growing Tips

How To Grow A Lemon Tree Indoors-lemons-growing-on-a-tree
Lemons growing on a tree

Creating an edible garden is a great way to connect with nature while providing a means to sustain both you and your family, but for many, there is the challenge of finding the space in making their dream garden a reality.

The good news is even though you may not have the space for an outdoor garden you can always bring nature indoors by creating an indoor edible garden.

There are many benefits to an indoor edible garden some of which includes growing edible plants in a more controlled environment, food safety that includes how edible crops are grown, eating fresh at all times, saving a few bucks, better tasting foods, low maintenance, spending quality time with family members. Growing an indoor edible garden can be so much fun.

History of the Lemon Tree

There are said to be 30 types of lemon trees. which gives a wide selection, the lemon tree was thought to have originated in north-western India, it’s believed that lemons were introduced to southern Italy around 200 AD and have been cultivated In Egypt and Iran since 700 AD. Arabs spread lemons throughout the Mediterranean area during the early 2nd century.

Lemon Tree Growing Tips

  • Choosing a lemon tree
  • Choosing the container
  • Indoor light requirements
  • Choosing the soil
  • Water requirements
  • Fertilizer requirements
  • Insect pests
  • Humidity/ Temperature level

Choosing a lemon tree

The best lemons trees to grow indoors are Dwarf improved Meyer, Dwarf Variegated Pink Lemon, and Dwarf Ponderosa, tall lemon trees that grow up to 20 ft tall can take up to 6 years before a harvest can be reached and besides a tree of this size is extremely large for and indoor living space. A Dwarf lemon tree is more suitable for the indoors because they stay small growing anywhere from 3 to 4 ft tall with some getting up to 6 ft along with producing lemons in a shorter time.

Chossing the container

The container that’s chosen should be large enough for the root ball to sit comfortably, the container size should be a foot wider than the root ball with the seem in-depth at maturity. Ensure that the container has holes for water drainage and a saucer to collect water.

Indoor light requirements

Lemon trees require full sunlight therefore locate an area that gets 8 hours of sunlight, a south- or -southwest-facing window is the ideal spot.

Choosing the soil

Lemon trees don’t like wet feet, therefore the right choice of soil is crucial, a well-drained potting mix such as citrus potting mix is the right fit. This potting mix can be purchased from your plant nursery or garden center.

Water requirements

The soil should be evenly moist not waterlogged or water-saturated, remember lemon trees don’t like wet feet which can lead to root rot.

Fertilizer requirements

An 18-18-18 nutrient will keep your lemon tree growing healthy while producing a good harvest, however, read the label on the fertilizer bag for the best results.

Insect pests

Be on the lookout for insect pests such as spidermites and aphids, if spotted treat them with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. For best use read and follow the instruction.

Humditidy/ Temperature level

The temperature and humidity level plays an important part in the life of indoor growing plants, lemon trees cannot withstand cold temperatures, not sudden changes in the temperature. Keep your lemon tree away from fireplaces, radiators, forced air vents, drafty windows, and doors that open outsides. The ideal temperature for an indoor lemon tree can be anywhere from 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

The final word on growing a lemon indoors

Growing an indoor lemon tree is that simple all it takes is some know-how, if your desire is to grow a lemon tree indoors you have come to the right place. I love the flavors of lemons it can really wake up your food and salad recipes, lemons are also beneficial having many healing properties. Growing a lemon tree is a winner so go for it and reap the rewards you will be so happy that you did.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

4 thoughts on “How To Grow A Lemon Tree Indoors”

  1. I love to grow my own lemon tree but my location is impossible to grow outside and now can grow my own lemons indoors with your how-to guide. It can be troublesome having to drive an hour away to market just to buy a fresh lemon. I have bookmarked your website for easy access and going to share on social media. 

    • Growing an indoor edible garden has so many benefits and will give you savings in money and time. Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing my post on your social networks. Wishing you all the best of success. Have a good day!

  2. An indoor garden can be a barrel of fun if the whole family gets involved together. It provides special bonding, a sense of common purpose and even opportunities for collaboration to uniquely build the garden that is desired. This is exactly the kind of activity that is missing in our world. This activity provides an avenue of cooperation, planning and expression of a family united in a very useful task. Lemons are so useful and are valuable to use in many recipes. It also, has tremendous healing properties that are valued for many health-related purposes. Fresh lemons are just plain fun for the family to enjoy!


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