Lemon grows in small evergreen trees that have super beneficial properties. Its use is almost a cure for everything, starting from weight loss, anemia, and digestive problems, plus it has vitamin C richness that provides 13% of the daily needed amount.
Some may hate the taste and cannot stand next to other people drinking even lemonade. I feel like something’s wrong with these people, and to my personal opinion, when I take a tequila shot and bite the lemon afterward, lemon is my best friend.
Besides, cocktails and rose lemonade, the fruit is used in many dishes besides fish, for example, is the most common serving, you can make doughnuts, and lemon risotto, and used for décor on a plate.
You can either grow lemon on a tree, container, or pot. The flavor can be described as an aromatic rose mixture with lavender and pine.
Well, eating, and drinking aren’t the same as planting. There are lots of things to consider which we will briefly mention in the article a little, and one of them is watering. Let’s find out more about how the watering process is supposed to go.
How Often Do You Water Lemon Trees?
Are you a newbie on keeping lemon tree or you just have planted and sitting here wondering how should I take care of it? Your iron man has landed.
The watering process is easy and doesn’t need to be done frequently, just once every 7 to 10 days will be a sufficient amount for lemon. If you have planted in the pot, increase the watering frequency to once every 5 days.
However, there are other factors you should consider while watering such as the weather conditions, the size of the plant, sun exposure, and the soil.
The most critical thing to check frequently is the soil because it is the only thing that will determine whether the lemon tree needs watering or not.
How Much Do You Water Lemon Trees?
The amount of watering varies on the occasion. When I say occasions, I mean surroundings like the temperature, sunlight, humidity, and soil mostly, but the thumb rule is to water 2-3 inches below the surface.
I said it once, and if is needed I’ll say it a million times to check the soil because it will determine if the plant needs water. If you feel like is moister, then you can skip that day and postpone the watering.
Another day to postpone watering is after heavy rainfall, chill a bit because mother nature did the job to keep the soil moister better than you.
It’s important to keep in mind to water only the base deeply and make sure that the lemon tree gets 6-8 hours of full direct sunlight.
In case you have overwatered the lemon tree, that will open the door to fungal infection and root rotting that could potentially kill the plant.
Hazards of Overwatering Lemon Tree
Overwatering is a serious issue, if you let the soil wet and soft all the time, you send an invitation to the bacteria and insects to get inside your tree, plus you don’t let the root take oxygen which will most likely start to decay.
That’s pretty obvious that you don’t want any harm to your well-cared lemon tree. But the first thing to look for as an overwatering sign is when leaves turn yellow and when you touch them, they usually fall off or the root feels mushy.
Overwatering on a lemon tree isn’t that big deal, but the potted versions have more tendency to come across with excessive watering issues. The drainage is the key, check from time to time to see if the root stays wet in the water for longer.
Hazards of Underwatering Lemon Tree
Lemons are native to subtropical places and grow in Mediterranean regions mostly and they aren’t very drought-tolerant. So, if your current location isn’t similar to the native, then keeping the humidity and watering sufficiently is your duty.
Misting once or maybe twice a day you potted lemon will keep the leaves moisture. I have told you many times and I’m telling you again that lemon trees do not absorb water through leaves, they lose water through them.
When humidity is less than average, you will visible signs of brown and drooping leaves, if the case is extreme, you can see the fruit falling off as well, but let’s not wait that long and take care of the lemon tree properly.
During winter times, underwatering cannot be an issue, but peak heat in the summer makes water evaporate much faster, so check the soil to determine the water needs remembering the 2-3 inches deep rule.
How to Take Proper Care of Lemon Tree
- Find Ideal Location– A lemon tree needs at least 41°F temperature, during summer take the pot outdoors, or plant it somewhere where it can catch direct sunlight.
- Sun Exposure– Make sure that you have chosen a location that gets exposed to sunlight from 6-8 hours (this is why in countries like Italy, India, and Florida lemon trees thrive).
- Grow Indoors During Winter- Dwarf a tree so, that during the season can thrive and produce more fruit. If possible place it near the window to catch that needed sunlight per day. The tree during winter should grow from 5-7 feet on average.
- Keep the temperature between 50 to 70 °F– use a humidifier if you plan to grow indoors, and mist the leaves occasionally for moisture.
- Pick good drainage- the drainage should have holes in it and choosing a pot that is 25% larger than the lemon bulb will do better. Just ask the salesperson if in doubt.
A Brief Recap
If I have to summarize the article, in short, I must mention that watering from once every 7 to 10 days outdoor plant is ideal and in a potted version, do it once every 5 days.
Checking the soil regularly will determine the water need because the frequency of water need depends on the temperature, type of sand, sun exposure, and size.
Overwatering and underwatering can be a pain, for diagnosis check the leaves, if they have turned yellow, then your lemon tree suffers. When you water, focus on base only, do not water the leaves, you can mist, but don’t go all the way from the top.
Calling for the reader! Have you wondered about planting other summer vibe fruits? if yes, then find out how many pineapples you can expect from the plant, or how many watermelons you will get per plant.
Meet me in the next article.