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Your Guide to All the Different Types of Lemon Tree

Different Types of Lemon Tree

Did you know there are different types of lemon tree? Here is a handy guide to the different types and how they differ, including flavors, growth and more.

Do you enjoy knowing where your food comes from? 

Many of us in the U.S. grow vegetables just for that reason.

So why not grow your own lemon trees, too?

They are easy to take care of and you'll be able to pick them at their peak, so they will taste better than any lemon you will find at the grocery store! There are many types of lemon tree. One of these types of lemons is sure to be your perfect match.

Is a Lemon a Fruit?

A lemon is technically a fruit because it has seeds. Lemons are part of the citrus family of fruits. They have a peel on the outside with juice and pulp on the inside.

How to Pick a Lemon Tree

When deciding on how to pick a lemon tree, you need to consider where you prefer to grow the tree? Inside or outside?

If outside, how cold does it get in your area? If it gets colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you will want to look for a tree that can be grown (or moved) indoors. If you are in the zones 9-11 in the U.S., lemons will be hardy outside for you year-round.

Lemons trees grow to different sizes when full-height, with some being over 20 feet tall by 20 feet wide. Many also come in dwarf sizes which may be more appropriate when choosing an indoor/patio tree since most grow to only 10 feet tall and they can be grown in containers.

Types of Lemon Tree

Amber (Eureka) Lemon

Eureka lemon trees are a low acid variety. Their fruit is one of the common lemons found in most grocery stores in the U.S.

They produce lemons that have hints of orange and lime, making them a good option for both lemonade and cocktails. They also have a nice peel for zesting.

Eureka Lemon tree grows well in hardiness zones 10-11. They come in both standard and dwarf sizes. They produce fruit year-round.

Meyer

Meyer lemon trees are a sweet lemon tree variety.  This is because they are a hybrid created by crossing a lemon with a sweet orange or mandarin.

Meyer lemons produce larger, round, slightly sweeter fruit than the Eureka or Lisbon lemons and they have lots of seeds. They are great for making lemonade, lemon-flavored desserts, and cocktails.

Meyer lemons have a thin peel, making them not the best choice for zesting.

Because Meyer lemons trees are a more cold-resistant variety and can tolerate as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, they can be grown both inside and out. They are also available in a dwarf variety.

Lisbon

Lisbon lemon trees produce fruit similar in taste to the Eureka, but they contain more juice. Thus, their uses are similar, too. 

Their fruit is also common in most U.S. grocery stores.

Lisbon lemon tree grows well in hardiness zones 9 and 10. 

Lisbon trees can grow to as high as 30 feet tall by 25 feet wide. 

Pink Variegated

Pink Variegated lemon trees bear fruit that's also called Pink Eureka Lemon or Pink Lemonade. It gets its name from the light pink flesh of its fruit.

Its juice is very sour, but the fruit contains few seeds, making it ideal for making lemonade. Also, because it has a thick peel, it is a good choice for zesting.

Pink Variegated lemon trees can be grown inside or out. Once mature, it will produce fruit year-round.

Order Your Lemon Tree Today

Never have to worry about whether or not you have lemons around when you need them. Grow your own abundance!

Besides, lemons have both culinary and non-culinary uses, so you'll always have a need for some.

And, if you by chance have any extras, your family, friends, and neighbors will be happy to receive them!

If you have any more questions about what types of lemon tree would be best for you, please check out our blog for more information.

From Seed to Tree: How to Plant a Lemon Tree and Help it Thrive

How to Plant a Lemon Tree and Help it Thrive

If life gives you lemons, you must have a lemon tree. Wondering if there are special instructions? Learn how to plant your own lemon tree and help it thrive.

They say if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. We say if life gives you lemons, plant a tree, harvest your lemons, and put them in everything!

Lemons are great fruits for giving your food that heavenly sour taste. What's more, they are good for your health too. Research shows that citrus fruits could help prevent a host of chronic conditions such as heart disease, liver disease, and obesity.

The most affordable and convenient way to have a constant supply of lemons in your home is by growing your tree. Lemon trees, including the Meyer lemon tree, do well in areas that enjoy a warm summer climate throughout the year, but they also thrive indoors in cold regions.

Are you ready to plant your lemon tree and get an ample supply of the delicious zesty fruit? Follow our simple guide on how to grow a lemon tree and help it thrive.

Get Organic Lemons

The first step is to buy organic lemons for your project. You can find these in an organic food store or the whole foods section of your supermarket. Don't go for inorganic lemons as most have seeds that are incapable of germinating.

If you're worried about growing your lemon tree from seed, you can buy seedlings as well. The process of caring for the seeds and seedlings is the same, but seeds will take a little longer to germinate and grow into a plant.

Choose Your Potting Soil

Getting the best potting soil for lemon trees is a crucial step in growing a healthy and productive tree. Lemon trees don't thrive in garden soil. Thus, you have to buy pre-made gardening soil at your local store or make a DIY mix.

The best gardening soil for your trees should have the following properties:

  • Good drainage
  • Acidic properties
  • Citrus fertilizer

If the potting mix feels heavy, add some hardwood bark chips to create air pockets which will lighten it and improve drainage.

Plant Your Lemon Tree

We recommend that you grow an indoor lemon tree, especially if you are starting with seeds. While indoors, the plant will be safe from harsh weather which can impede growth.

Start with a small container to ensure that you don't overwater the tree. Once the plant starts to grow, re-pot it to a bigger container. Also, consider getting a lightweight, portable pot, especially if you will be moving it in and outdoors with the seasons.

Expose Tree to Light

Your tree needs light to grow, especially during the sprouting stages. Make sure that it gets at least 12 hours of sun every day. Choose a strategic position in your home or backyard where the tree will be exposed to enough light.

There are times when there isn't much natural light during the day. During such days, you can supplement sunlight with artificial lighting bulbs.

Fertilize and Water the Tree

Your growing lemon tree needs adequate water and nutrients to thrive and produce good fruit. Invest in a quick-release fertilizer and use it around once every one or two months. 

Make sure that your tree is evenly moist at all times. If you're growing an indoor lemon tree, water it every day as the interior tends to be dryer than the outdoors.

An outdoor tree will only require watering once or twice a week depending on the time of the year. Monitor the tree for any signs of underwatering or overwatering and adjust the water as required.

Ready to Grow Your Lemon Tree?

Planting a lemon tree is this simple and easy. With these tips, you can grow delicious lemons regardless of the climate in your area.

Are you ready to plant your lemon tree? Visit our online citrus tree store and check out some of the best lemon tree varieties that you can grow in your home.