From Root to Fruit: How to Care for a Eureka Lemon Tree
Prevalent along the vast American south and southwest, the Eureka lemon tree is a delicious delicacy. Learn how to care for your own Eureka lemon trees below.
When life gives you lemons, you can make lemonade, lemon squares, lemon chicken and so much more.
One of the simple pleasures in the south is having lemons right off the tree to work with. Citrus fruits are good for the body and the mind.
Eureka lemon trees are a great way to add some flavor to life right in your own home.
You may have a restaurant or local market where you want fresh fruit to work with or sell to customers. Everything tastes better with fresh ingredients.
It's important to take care of your Eureka lemon tree properly so it can flourish.
The Right Environment for Your Lemon Trees
Eureka lemon trees have been grown in the United States since the mid-1800s when seeds were brought over from Italy. They are considered true lemon trees, unlike the Meyer lemon tree which has a hybrid classification.
Eureka trees thrive in warmer climates and do well in the south and southwestern area. Any temperature drop below 20 Fahrenheit can damage these lemon trees beyond repair.
These trees are ideal for pot planting or in the ground growth as long as it has fresh soil, proper light, fertilization, and watering.
Transplanting Your Eureka Lemon Tree
When transplanting your tree the first time you'll need a 15 gallon pot with fresh soil and good drainage.
The roots may require pruning so that they can grow and take hold. They should be placed in a prepared hole and secured in place with loose soil.
If you are keeping it in a pot forever you'll want to prune the leaves back every few years. This is one citrus trees that never goes dormant, so it can be pruned at any time of year.
The Ideal Growing Environment to Thrive
The soil, amount of light and the correct amount of light are important to help your lemon tree grow to its fullest potential.
The Right Soil
The right soil is half the battle. You need soil that allows good drainage and has the optimal pH levels. You can acquire a test to determine this from your local gardening store. You're looking for a soil with a pH level of 5 to 8.
A combination of bark, sand, peat, and vermiculite or perlite is a good choice for growing citrus such as these. You can increase the draining ability of your soil by adding a few inches of gravel to the bottom of the pot.
The Right Light
Lemon trees, whether planted in the ground or growing a Eureka lemon tree in a container, require a great deal of sunlight. Five to eight hours of sunlight is good but ten to twelve hours is considered best. Many use supplemental lighting for potted trees.
The Right Moisture Levels
If the soil is dry deeper than two inches down you need to water it. In dry and hot environments you may need to water a few times a day though be sure you don't over water it.
If the air is too dry you may find a humidifier necessary to add moisture and encourage healthy growth.
Get Rave Reviews with Eureka Lemons
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