How Do You Grow a Dwarf Lemon Tree?


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Grow a dwarf lemon tree by planting it in a suitable container with well-draining soil, watering and fertilizing it regularly, ensuring it gets enough sunlight, pruning it, and watching for pests. You need a container, soil, fertilizer and pruning shears.

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  1. Plant the tree in a suitable container

    Plant the dwarf lemon tree in a container about 6 inches wider than the original pot. To ensure easy drainage, use sandy soil and a container with holes. After filling the container half-full with soil, place the tree in the new pot, cover the roots with soil, and pack the soil gently.

  2. Water and fertilize the tree

    Water the tree well right after planting it, and afterwards water it regularly. If the weather is cool, watering once or twice a week is sufficient, but in warm weather the lemon tree may need to be watered daily. The soil should remain moist. If it is dry more than 6 inches below the surface, the plant needs water immediately. Regular fertilizing ensures the lemon tree gets the nutrients it needs.

  3. Give the tree enough sunlight

    If the tree is outdoors, it needs about 6 hours of sunlight a day. Indoors, place it near a window where it gets plenty of sunlight. In the absence of sunlight, use florescent lights.

  4. Prune the tree

    Prune the lemon tree to shape it and remove tangled or damaged branches. Watch for branches growing near the roots. If you find one, prune it immediately.

  5. Watch for pests

    If the dwarf lemon tree is outdoors, watch for pests such as mealy bugs and aphids. If bugs appear, clean them off the tree with rubbing alcohol or insecticidal soap.

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