Lemon Tree "Piccolo" (Citrus Limon)
The lemon tree (botanical name: Citrus Limon) is for many the symbol of vitality and Mediterranean joie de vivre. Especially for beginners, our lemon tree "piccolo" is the ideal first step into your very own citrus paradise, especially on a smaller balcony or terrace. The attractive plant pleases with their noble, dark green leaves and will soon bear fruit from the flowers. The flowers are of a delicate violet at first and then turn into a radiant and gorgeous fragrant white. The young leaves wearing also the elegant violet in the beginning, changing into a delicate light green before adopting the lush dark green of the adult leave. Lemon trees bear flowers and fruits all year round and are therefore found particularly productive. Caught an interest in our lemon tree? In our gallery and our blog you will find even more impressive images, a number of interesting posts and of course great recipes with this magnificent crop and its delicious lemons.
Height: 50 - 60 cm
Pot diameter: 18 cm
The ideal care for your Lemon Tree "Piccolo"
Place and protection:
The ideal place for all citrus plants is very sunny. As for all potted plants, there should be protection against wind gusts that could push the plant over. Please also avoid abrupt temperature changes. This is very important for the transition from winter to the terrace in spring time. If there are still threats of severe frosts in April and May, you should protect the plants on the terrace and balcony with a fleece or the like.
Plant pot and soil:
The plant is ideally set in a terracotta or clay pot with drainage holes. The thick walls of clay pots protect plant roots from rapid changes in temperature, while at the same time don’t keep the surplus water and salts inside because of a certain ventilation of the root area through the pores. They also weigh a lot, which keep them from blowing over as easily as some plastic pots. The pot should be set up on clay pot feet to support the aeration and permeability of the substrate. These pot feet –lovingly called “Piedini” by the Italians - you can also buy here at "My Orangerie". To sustain a strong growth of the plant, repotting into a pot of the next larger size is very helpful, as soon as the soil of the old pot is completely rooted. For planting, the soil should be of a permeable mixture in addition to good garden soil or humus and contain about 1/3 of sand and/or gravel. Or you use our special citrus soil “La Terra” available in our shop.
Fertilizing and watering:
The plant should be watered only as needed when the top 10 - 20 % of the earth is dry. Contrary to many beliefs, irrigation water can and should be calcareous, otherwise the calcium requirement of the plant is not covered. Throughout the months of May until August, we recommend adding our citrus fertilizer “Plantas Zitruszauber” once a week or at least every two weeks. The nutrient requirements of the plant will be well covered that way. Overall, a moderate watering is advisable, along with the precautions to keep a functioning drainage at all times. Watch out for curled up leaves: These indicate an urgent need for water.
Wintering your plants:
It is essential to keep your plants in a frost-free environment. A sufficiently light and cool place at temperatures of 10°C (+/- 5°C) is ideal. Here you can find further information on how to winter your plant. Of course, you can also let us do the work and order our Wintering-Service at our shop. The plant will then be placed in cool and bright greenhouses, so the plants have optimal conditions.
Do you want to learn more about the wonderful world of Mediterranean plants? Then take a look around in our gallery. You will find plenty of beautiful photographs of Mediterranean gardens and plants.
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