To grow a lemon tree, plant it in a full-sun location in USDA hardiness zones eight through 10. If you live in a colder zone, plant the tree in a container that you can move. Lemon trees take from three to six years to produce their first crop.
- Choose a location
Place the lemon tree where it receives lots of sunlight and protection from the wind, such as on the leeward side of your house. A dwarf lemon tree grows up to 12 feet tall, and a standard tree grows up to 22 feet tall, so take care to avoid a roof line or any structures that interfere with mature trees.
- Plant the tree
In a warm climate, plant the lemon tree outside at any time. If you are using a container, plant in the spring. Place multiple dwarf trees 6 to 10 feet apart, and place multiple standard trees 12 to 25 feet apart. Tree varieties that produce larger fruit need more space between the trees. Place the tree in a small mound of soil if the area has poor drainage.
Add a 6-6-6 blend fertilizer to the tree about a month after planting. Continue to add fertilizer each growing season.