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Everything you need to know about growing, caring for, and using delicious lemons. 

7 Varieties

8 How Tos

15 Recipes

Lemon Tree Care Articles

Lemon trees are not only beautiful trees, but provide a fruit that is used in all kinds of cooking, drinks, treats, and even health. They provide growers different challenges than other fruits such as apple trees, but the rewards are amazing and the challenge is one that any home gardener can handle.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to buy, plant and grow your own lemon trees. We’ve even included pest and disease control, pruning, when to pick and much more.

Lemon Tree Varieties

Here you’ll find information about nearly every type of lemon tree. You’ll find info on it’s history, where you can find it, how to grow it, and how to enjoy it. 

Lemon Recipes

Find some of the tastiest uses of lemons, from breads to cakes to marinades. 

Lemon Tree F.A.Q.

When Do Lemon Trees Bloom?

While lemon trees can bloom any time of the year, they usually grow flowers in the spring. These beautiful blooms last for a couple of days or up to a week, depending on the type of tree and its age, climate, and health. Following the springtime blooms, the fruit grows throughout summer and slowly turns color in fall and winter to reach its signature yellow shade. Some lemon trees bloom in the fall, and if it’s too cold outside when blooms appear, it’s important to tuck the trees indoors for shelter. Also, keep in mind that it’s normal for lemon trees to start blooming when they are three or four years old, as young trees need time to build sufficient roots.

When To Prune Lemon Trees?

It’s most common to prune lemon trees in the spring or autumn. Mature lemon trees should be pruned 1-2 times a year after harvest. While it may be a few years before baby lemon trees bear fruit, it’s important to regularly prune these growing trees to maintain their structure. If you notice an abundance of leaves and foliage growing in different directions, your lemon tree is probably ready for pruning. Pruning encourages healthier growth and bigger lemons by balancing the leaves and ensuring they receive enough sunlight.

How Big Do Lemon Trees Get?

Domesticu0026Acirc;u0026nbsp;lemon trees grow 10-20 feet tall on average. The heights can vary depending on which type of lemon tree you have and its age, as some trees take up to six years to reach their mature height and bear fruit. You can get standard and dwarf lemon trees, and the smaller variety is often recommended for indoor growing. While 8-10 feet is the average for dwarf lemon trees, some standard trees can reach up to 30 feet in ideal growing conditions.

Where do Lemon Trees Grow?

Lemon trees are believed to have originated in India but now flourish in warm climates around the globe, including Arizona, California, Florida, and Italy. Lemon and other citrus trees are relatively low-maintenance when grown in their ideal temperatures between 55-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Lemons are more sensitive to the cold than other citrus fruit, so hardiness zones 9-11 are the preferred growing locations. If you’re outside these regions, you can grow lemons as container trees inside a greenhouse or sunroom to protect against the cold temperature and still produce fruit.u0026Acirc;u0026nbsp;

How Much Sun Do Lemon Trees Need?

Lemon trees love the sun and should get around 6-8 hours a day. That’s the ideal amount of daily sunlight for lemon trees, so they are best planted on your home’s south-facing side. These trees are sensitive to the cold so the more sun they can have, the better. If you are growing them inside to protect them from the cold, a solarium or greenhouse is preferred, otherwise find a sunny spot close to the window so the lemons can thrive.

When To Fertilize Lemon Trees?

The best time to fertilize lemon trees and other citrus plants is once every month or two months throughout active growth in the spring and summer. Also, fertilize once every 2-3 months in the fall and winter when the tree is dormant. If your climate and growing conditions lead to flowering and harvesting in other parts of the year, you can follow the same fertilizing schedule during both the active and dormant periods. You can always check with the specific instructions for your tree variety to ensure you are fertilizing correctly.

Where To Buy Lemon Trees?

You can buy lemon trees from your local nursery, at online nurseries such as Nature Hills Nursery. A few things to keep in mind when purchasing lemon trees is whether you want seedlings or pre-planted trees. It’s easier to get started with home-growing young lemon trees that are already on their way to maturity. Keep in mind where you will be planting the trees and what you need to ensure the citrus thrives in your region’s growing conditions.

When Do Lemon Trees Produce Fruit?

Most lemon trees produce fruit when they are 3-5 years old. Lemons ripen anywhere from four months to a full year after flowering. For the typical lemon tree that blooms in the spring, the fruit grows over the summer before turning from green to yellow throughout the fall and autumn months. Growing conditions and the region’s climate may impact a lemon tree’s flowering and fruit production. In some places where flowering occurs in the fall, the fruit will be ready for picking in the spring.

How Long Do Lemon Trees Live?

Lemon trees typically live around 50 years, but they can live up to 100 years when grown in optimal conditions and maintained regularly. Disease prevention and adequate care can boost a lemon tree’s lifespan, including fertilizer and pruning. To ensure a long and healthy life for your lemon tree, it’s important not to overwater it and cause detrimental rot. Make sure the soil drains properly too.

How Much Do Lemon Trees Cost?

Lemon trees range in price from $20-$200 or more. It depends on which variety you buy and where you buy them from. Sometimes purchasing citrus trees in bulk can save money in the long run, or if you plan to grow from scratch, seedlings are less expensive. Also keep in mind the cost of fertilizer, watering, and pruning, which can easily add up over the lemon tree’s average lifespan of 50 years.

How Long Do Lemon Trees Take To Grow?

Generally, it takes at least a few years for lemon trees to reach their mature height. Standard trees can take up to six years to reach 20 feet and begin bearing fruit. Indoor lemon trees are smaller and may grow to 3-6 feet tall within a year or two. The growing times vary based on the temperature, climate, sun exposure, pruning, and other environmental conditions. If you buy lemon trees from a nursery, it will take less time for them to finish growing and produce fruit than if you plant the seedlings yourself, but it depends on personal preferences and home growing goals.

When Do Lemon Trees Flower?

Lemon trees can flower throughout the year depending on the growing conditions, but flowers most commonly appear in the early spring or fall. Coastal regions with slight temperature fluctuations may have longer harvest seasons with more fluctuation in flowering times and landlocked locations with more distinct seasons usually yield lemon trees at predictable times each season. Drought stress may also impact flowering and lead to a longer time in between blooms.