These instructions are sent with the plant gift
This plant will eventually produce both tasty fruit and fragrant flowers – sometimes both at once. It is a variety called Lemon Meyer with round sweet lemons and can bring pleasure for years, with the right care.
Lemon trees need plenty of light. Choose the very brightest place in the house in the winter, on a sunny windowsill or in a conservatory if you have one. In the summer, your lemon plant will enjoy a patio or sheltered spot in the garden, however young trees are not completely hardy and will need to come inside as soon as there is a nip in the evening air. Try to keep your plant away from cold draughts and radiators.
While plants are in a pot they will need regular watering. Water thoroughly from the top until excess water drains right through the pot and out of the bottom. This will ensure the roots at the bottom get the water they need. In the winter you should expect to water thoroughly once every 4-10 days, in the summer months you may need to water up to 5 times a week but do not stand your plant in water. Don’t worry if the soil feels dry between waterings, but if the leaves start to droop or curl you know it is thirsty, so water straight away. Your tree will arrive well fed but after the first month you should start using a balanced summer or winter citrus feed.
In the spring these young plants should start to put on new growth and can be repotted into a larger pot using citrus or free draining compost. If you want to keep your plant tree small and on the trellis then trim any long branches as they develop. If you would prefer to grow your tree into a larger bush you may prefer to train it off the trellis into a free standing shape. It’s best to do this in two stages, first untying half of the branches and allowing the new growth to develop and strengthen over 6 months. Then when the branches are strong enough to stand on their own, remove the trellis and trim your tree into a more balanced shape.
Lemon trees are not the easiest of plants but they are very rewarding. Look out for signs of trouble and try to treat problems early. The most common problem is leaves dropping due to over or under watering. If leaves are crisp when they drop, this is due to underwatering; if they are leathery the chances are it has been over watered. A return to a regular and thorough watering routine should lead to recovery.
If new growth is very light in colour or has mottled markings your plant may be lacking trace elements. A good dose of citrus feed should soon green up the leaves. Our lemon tress are grown in a pesticide free environment. In the unlikely event that you find pests eg aphids. these can be removed by hand or with a soap and water spray. To order citrus feed and for more detailed information on citrus tree care, training off the trellis, watering and problem solving visit http://plants4presents.co.uk/Citrus.aspx.
The Lemon Meyer fruit is slightly rounder and sweeter than a normal lemon with a thin fragrant rind that makes a really good zest for cooking. Fruits will turn an almost orange colour when fully ripe.