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.Continue Reading
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.
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.