Planting A Lemon Tree
lemons have such a great flavor, what I love about this citrus is the unique taste. Many drinks and food recipes include this unique flavor to get that zesty lemon taste.
But what journey does lemon take before it reaches our kitchen counters to liven up those dishes and drinks that we love so much?
In this article, we will be looking at steps to take to plant a lemon tree.
Planting a lemon tree
1.When choosing a lemon tree make sure that the tree is in good health. The lemon tree should not be root bound, look for signs disease and insects.
2.Look for a sunny location that gets anywhere from 6-8 hours of sunlight.
4.Make sure and give your lemon tree lots of room to grow because this citrus tree can really grow in height and diameter.
5.When digging the planting hole, the hole should be twice the size of the root ball to make installation easier and quick establishment of the plant.
6.When planting ensure that the entire root ball is under ground and properly covered. Entire tree trunk should be above ground.
7.Back fill with native soil ensuring that plant is erected and firm soil around the base of the plant.Water plant with a moderate stream of water to settle the soil.
8.Keep soil moist, not waterlogged.
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Fertilizing your lemon tree
Fertilize your lemon tree every 3 months for the first year and then after would every 6 months or twice a year. Fertilize with a nitrogen base fertilizer and follow the label because the label is law.
Lemon trees do have its share of pests such as mealy bugs, mites, whiteflies, scales, aphids, and caterpillars. These pests can best be controlled with insecticidal soap sprays, horticultural sprays, using mechanical control method which includes pruning and properly disposing of infected plant parts and also Biological control.
Citrus blast is a disease that appears as black spots on your lemons. Control disease with anti-fungal spray.
Greasy spots leave signs includes black spots on the fruit’s rind, control greasy spot by removing and disposing of infected leaves and apply a copper spray.
Foot root is a disease that causes lesions near the bud union and causes tree not to produce fruit. Using an anti-fungal soap will help with this problem.
Signs of disease to watch out for also is sooty mold, this is a black substance that causes the leaves to appear dirty. The solution is to use soap sprays that will help with the control of this disease.
Lemons are great and can really give you that WOW flavor, so why not plant a lemon tree and reap the benefits. Just follow direction in this article and you will be well on your way to grow your own lemon tree.