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Things are sprouting. A walk through the garden

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SummerGarden, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

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On 5/14/2021 at 12:16 PM, amoLucia said:

Me too for a lemon tree! Potted.

You can leave it outside in the good weather and bring it inside when the weather turns.

I have a lemon dwarf that does not produce anything because birds are eating the buds.  I am going to remove it and plant a older taller lemon tree that might survive a bird attack.   

amoLucia

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Could you somehow enclose it in some type of wire 'cage' thingey?

SummerGarden, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

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2 hours ago, amoLucia said:

Could you somehow enclose it in some type of wire 'cage' thingey?

The wire cage only helps plants to grow up.  With trees, they work better with room to grow (like being planted in the ground) and a brace if they are very young.  On the other hand, possibly using netting once they start to bud might help!  So, thank you. 🙂

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My contribution to the art of gardening!

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

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On 5/16/2021 at 2:15 PM, SummerGarden said:

The wire cage only helps plants to grow up.  With trees, they work better with room to grow (like being planted in the ground) and a brace if they are very young.  On the other hand, possibly using netting once they start to bud might help!  So, thank you. 🙂

There is bird netting that you can Drape over the tree. I use it on my grape vines

 

Hppy

NurseBlaq

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What's the best way to grow a potted lemon tree? I've really been thinking about this lately and I'm serious about growing one. I know it will take a year to produce lemons but you have to start somewhere. Suggestions?

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On 5/25/2021 at 1:51 PM, NurseBlaq said:

What's the best way to grow a potted lemon tree? I've really been thinking about this lately and I'm serious about growing one. I know it will take a year to produce lemons but you have to start somewhere. Suggestions?

First make sure you are buying a lemon tree that is designed (engineered if you will to grow in a container. This means you want minimal root spread and maximum fruit production. You should plan to repot your tree every 1 to 2 years. This is not so much for space as it is to replenish nutrients in the soil. Then chose the best lemon for your purpose. You really can't go wrong with a Meyer lemon which is both tart and sweet. Perfect for lemon pastry or a nice class of freash lemonade. Next make sure you have a good spot for your tree. Citrus loves light and needs it for the fruit to mature. In cold Winter states you can move your tree indoors as long as you get it outside again after threat of hard frost is passed. Plus it needs to be exposed to polinators (Bees or other insects to set fruit). Most hobbyists tend to over water potted trees so make sure you are letting it dry out a bit before watering.

Happy growing!

Hppy

On 5/13/2021 at 2:54 PM, SummerGarden said:

Update on my garden... So, I planted veggies late.  The ones growing well (not bearing fruit yet) are the Squash, Zucchini, and Peppers (multiple kinds), tomatoes (multiple kinds).  I need to repot my succulents, I changed up the flower bed a bit, my roses are growing well, and fruit and nut trees are on track (will need to re-fertilize them soon).  I need to add cucumbers for salads and my pickling cucumbers.  I will plant those from seeds today. 

Also, I have herbal seedlings to repot and oregano I will plant from seed today.  For some reason, everyone is out of oregano this year.  I cannot find them as seedlings anywhere.  Anyone else experiencing this?

I am going to be putting in some late root crops and greens today.

NurseBlaq

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Thanks, @hppygr8ful. Can I buy a Meyer lemon and use the seeds to get started or do I need to actually buy a lemon tree from a nursery?

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3 hours ago, NurseBlaq said:

Thanks, @hppygr8ful. Can I buy a Meyer lemon and use the seeds to get started or do I need to actually buy a lemon tree from a nursery?

You generally get a stronger tree if you buy even a small potted one. That'd because the top part of the tree where the fruit grows is grafted onto a stronger root stock. If you start one from seed it will like take a couple of years to give you lemons but it would make a pretty house plant until big enough to grow on a patio. I have enclosed a picture of a dwarf Meyer Lemon in a pot. You can generally find one in a garden store for about $25.00. They may be hard to find in cold Winter zones Meyers do best in Zones 2 through 10, Other citrus like limes and oranges like zones 9-10 

lemon 1.jpg