How to Grow and Care for a Potted Lemon Tree: The Complete Guide | November 14, 2023


First of all, it is essential to choose the right lemon tree for your space and needs.

There are several varieties of lemon trees, some of which are better suited for container growing. Among the most popular varieties are   Citrus limon ‘Ponderosa’   and   Citrus limon ‘Improved Meyer’  .

These two varieties are recognized for their resistance to cold and their ability to grow in pots.

Next, you will have to choose a pot adapted to the size of your lemon tree. For a young plant, a pot with a diameter of about 40 cm will be sufficient.


Be sure to choose a pot with a drainage hole in the bottom to prevent water from pooling and causing root rot. You can also add a saucer under the pot to catch excess water.

The ideal substrate for a potted lemon tree

The choice of substrate is essential to ensure good growth of your lemon tree.

Indeed, it should be light, draining and rich in nutrients. You can opt for a mixture composed of:

  • 60% soil for Mediterranean or citrus plants,
  • 20% compost or well-decomposed manure,
  • 10% river sand,
  • 10% perlite or vermiculite to ensure good drainage.

Do not hesitate to periodically check that the substrate does not become too compacted and stir it slightly to avoid the formation of crusts on the surface.


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