Grown as a bush it benefit from being outside in summer in a sunny protected area. This will strengthen the plant and help control any lurking pests which may be hanging around. They do tend to flower at odd times of year in Britain but it is generally round Christmas time that the lemons appear. The bright evergreen leaves and fragrant white flowers are intoxicating and lovely to look at. Generally self fertile, they bear lemons which hang from the trees looking like baubles at Christmas time. A very rewarding tree.
Citrus are not hardy in cold countries and must be kept in a pot, in a conservatory, greenhouse or on a cool well lit windowsill in the cold months. In severe weather, a heated conservatory or fleece is recommended. Do not keep near a hot radiator.
Citrus requires care and attention to flourish but gives you ample reward for your care. It benefits from John Innes No3 compost and summer and winter citrus feed. Please follow planting and care instruction carefully.
Continued use of citrus feed recommended – available for £4.75 from website.
Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil
Habit: Bushy every-green shape
Position: Sunny protected area
Flowering period: Difficult to pin point in Britain
Colour: White flowers
Hardiness: Not hardy, needs some protection.
Eventual Height/Spread: 1m x 70cm / 4ft x 3ft
Special features: fragrant flowers and attractive edible lemons.
Symbolism, Folklore & Old Wives Tales
Lemon tree ‘Passion & Discretion’ – Luck & Pride’ Tree of the Sun (Astrological)
Gender – Feminine, Planet – The Moon, Element – Water, Powers are Longevity, Purification, Love and Friendship