Planting A Lemon Tree
The unique flavour of lemons
lemons have such a great flavour, what I love about this citrus is the unique taste. Many drinks and food recipes have this unique flavour that gives zesty lemon taste.
But what journey do lemons take before it reaches our kitchen counters to flavours those dishes and drinks that we love so much?
In this article, we will be looking at steps to take in growing 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, also look for signs of 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 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 plant is erected, firm soil around the base of the plant. Water your lemon 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 the law.
Lemon trees do have its share of pests such as mealy bugs, mites, whiteflies, scales, aphids, and caterpillars. These insects 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 this disease with an 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.
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 flavour, so why not plant a lemon tree and reap the benefits. Just follow the direction in this article and you will be well on your way to grow your very own lemon tree.