Tips on Planting a Lemon Tree
Growing and caring for a lemon tree is a great way in having a constant supply of this citrus, while it requires some know-how growing a lemon tree is so easy. To be able to grow a lemon tree of your own is such a rewarding experience, it gives such a great feeling as your lemon tree produces an abundance of lemons to be enjoyed by you even sharing your harvest with families and friends.
Lemons have a unique flavor, many drinks and food recipes that include lemons have a zesty taste. But what journey do lemons take before it reaches our kitchen counters to flavors those dishes and drinks that we love so much? Continue reading to find out how simple it is in planting 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, also look for signs of disease and insects.
2. Plant your lemon tree in 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. The hole should be twice the size of the root ball to make installation easier and quick the establishment of your lemon tree.
6. When planting ensure that the entire root ball is underground and properly covered. The entire tree trunk should be above ground.
7. Backfill with native soil ensuring that your lemon tree is erected, firm soil around the base of the plant. Water your lemon tree 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-based fertilizer. Follow the label or the manufacturer’s directions for the best results.
Lemon trees do have their share of pests such as mealybugs, mites, whiteflies, scales, aphids, and caterpillars. These garden insect pests can best be controlled with insecticidal soap sprays, horticultural oils, using mechanical control method which includes pruning and properly disposing of infected plant parts and also Biological control which is using beneficial insects.
Citrus Blast is a disease that appears as black spots on your lemons. Control this disease with an anti-fungal spray.
Greasy spots leave signs appears as 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 which hiders the production of fruits. Using an anti-fungal soap will help with this problem.
Also, watch out for sooty mold, this is a black substance that causes the leaves to appear dirty. The solution is to use Insecticidal soap sprays that will help with the control of this disease.
The final word
Lemons are great and can really give your recipes that WOW Flavor, so why not plant a lemon tree and reap the benefits. Just follow the direction in this guide and you will be well on your way to growing your very own lemon tree as you reap a good harvest to enjoy and also to share with family and friends. This is such a rewarding experience.