How to Grow an Indoor Lemon Tree - Pro Tips

Growing an indoor lemon tree may bring fresh citrus fruits and foliage to your house. These instructions will help you develop and maintain an indoor lemon tree:  

Choose an indoor-friendly lemon tree. Meyer lemons and Eureka lemons are compact and controllable, making them suitable for indoor growing.  

1. Selecting the Right Variety

Choose a large, sturdy container with drainage holes. To fit the tree's root system, use a 12-18-inch pot.  

2. Choosing a Suitable Container

Use a citrus-specific well-draining potting mix or mix potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand in equal parts. Heavy garden soil might cause drainage issues.  

3. Potting Mix

Plant the lemon tree in the container with the root ball level with the soil. To settle soil around the roots, water the tree thoroughly after planting.  

4. Planting the Tree

Lemon trees need lots of sunlight. Give your indoor lemon tree 6-8 hours of direct sunshine everyday by placing it near a south-facing window. Add grow lights if natural light is insufficient.  

5. Light Requirements

Thoroughly water the lemon tree but let the top inch of soil dry between waterings. Avoid overwatering citrus plants to prevent root rot. Assess soil moisture with a moisture meter or your finger.  

6. Watering Schedule

Lemon trees like moderate humidity and 60-80°F (15-27°C) temperatures. Don't put the tree near drafts or heating vents because excessive temperatures can stress it.  

7. Temperature and Humidity

In spring and summer, feed your indoor lemon tree a balanced citrus fertilizer according product recommendations. Reduce fertilizing in fall and winter when tree development slows.  

8. Fertilization

Lemon trees need pruning to preserve shape, remove dead or broken branches, and enhance airflow. Monitor for aphids and scale insects and treat immediately.  

9. Pruning and Maintenance

Indoor lemon trees may need help pollinating because insect pollinators are limited. Use a little paintbrush to spread pollen and promote fruit growth inside open flowers.  

10. Pollination 

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