It is a fruit that we use to prepare drinks, fight pests and even to lower the pH of irrigation water in case it is too high for our plants. But … today it’s time to learn how to care for a lemon treenot only to be able to continue having it as an indisputable ally in the care of our garden, but also to keep it healthy for many, many years.
Find out how to do it.
The lemon tree is a citrus whose scientific name is Citrus x lemon. It is native to Asia, and with a height not exceeding 4m we can have it both in the garden and in a potsince it also tolerates pruning very well. Although it is not demanding in terms of soil type, it is true that in limestone soils it can have chlorosis due to a lack of minerals. This is a problem that is easily avoided by fertilizing it throughout the growing season, that is, from spring to late summer or early autumn if the weather is mild, using organic such as guano, worm castings, or compost.
One of the most important and necessary cultivation tasks for our plants is undoubtedly irrigation. We will have to water the lemon tree some three times a week in summerespecially if it is very hot with temperatures above 30 degrees, and between one and two the rest of the year.
The pests that affect it the most are mealybugs, Red spider y aphidwhich begin to appear with the arrival of good weather and can seriously damage the tree. They do not put their lives in danger, but they do cause great damage to the leaves. To avoid the presence of these annoying parasites, preventive treatments should be done as soon as the risk of frost has passeduntil the arrival of the autumn period. We will spray it with Neem oil, nettle and / or garlic infusions to maintain the health of our tree.
As we said, when recovering well from pruning, it can be kept in a large pot without problems. Remember to prune it after harvesting the fruitswhich is when it shows less activity, removing all dry and / or damaged branchesand also the suckers They usually appear in the lower part of the trunk.
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