Live and artificial lemon trees are easy plants to care for, but they still need special attention.
Lemon trees are lovely trees to grow in your yard, but they also make great indoor plants. For indoor locations, you’ll see the most success with Dwarf Improved Meyer, Dwarf Ponderosa, or Dwarf Variegated Pink Lemonade.
After purchasing your tree from the nursery, your tree will likely begin producing fruit pretty quickly since it will already be a few years old.
Regardless of your tree’s indoor or outdoor location, lemon trees love sunlight so you’ll need to put it someplace where it can receive eight hours of sunlight each day.
1. Live Lemon Trees Need Just the Right Amount of Water
Correctly watering your lemon tree is key to helping it thrive.
Monitor your lemon tree’s soil moisture closely because lemon trees do not enjoy sitting in water. Lemon trees are also cold-sensitive, and they can sometimes require more care than other plants or trees.
To make sure your lemon tree has enough space, choose a pot or planting space that is at least 2 inches larger than the root system.
This way, the tree will have room to grow and you won’t have to continually re-pot it.
2. Live Lemon Trees Also Need Fertilizer
Potted plants are often missing certain essential nutrients. As a result, if you are growing your lemon tree in a pot, you’ll need to add some extra fertilizer to keep it healthy.
Choose a fertilizer that best suits the needs of your lemon tree.
For example, if the soil you use is more alkaline, it means that it will probably lack iron. You’ll notice that the leaves of your lemon tree may begin to turn yellow or that the veins are green. If you’re seeing this, choose an acidic fertilizer.
No matter what kind of fertilizer you choose, you’ll want to pay attention to the directions on the label. You could also create a quality potting mix of 30% compost, 30% cocopeat, 20% garden soil, and 20% sand.
3. Indirect Sunlight Is Best for a Live Lemon Tree
When caring for live lemon trees, be sure to pay attention to the direction of your sunlight. Lemon trees love light, but they are a little picky when it comes to the type of light they prefer. Lemon Trees prefer indirect sunlight to begin with.
As your Lemon Tree gets used to its new home, eventually, you could move into five hours of brighter sunlight. Once it is used to that, you could move the plant to a balcony if you have one.
4. Artificial Lemon Trees Are Easy to Maintain
Live lemon trees can be finicky and require a lot of care that might feel overwhelming if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs.
Don’t worry, you can still have a beautiful lemon tree in your home without all the fuss. Artificial lemon trees are not only realistic-looking, they are also effortless to care for.
They don’t need water or plant food. You’ll want to be on the lookout for a few key points as you choose your tree. Focus on the quality of the tree and ensure that it looks real.
However, be sure to avoid perfection because natural plants are not actually perfect. You’ll also want to make sure that you rotate even a fake tree every now and again to avoid fading.
Since artificial Lemon Trees do not need to be trimmed, they do not lose their shape. We love this mini Lemon Bonsai Tree. Not only does it look real, but it is also inexpensive.
To keep this tree looking great, consider using UV spray to keep the leaves beautiful and fade-free.
5. Be Sure to Periodically Dust and Rinse Your Artificial Lemon Tree
When taking care of an artificial lemon tree, dusting and cleaning your plant periodically will make sure it stays beautiful. In most cases, a dusting with a damp cloth will keep your artificial plant looking great.
If you have a bigger plant, consider putting your tree in the shower for a little sprinkle. Then, you can leave it in the tub to drip dry before putting it back out again.
6. Store Your Artificial Lemon Trees Properly When Not Using Them
When it comes time to put your lemon trees away, there are things you can do to keep your artificial plant safe.
First, be sure you pay attention to where you store your lemon tree; there should be plenty of space so that the tree will not be crushed or smashed. Before storing your tree, you will also want to make sure that you pack it away when it is nice and clean.
You could also consider covering your lemon tree with a Christmas tree bag. That way, your tree will be protected from dust and dirt.
Do you have a lemon tree? What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for caring for your lemon trees? We would love to know! Share your best tips with us in the comments.