Lemon – Fruit garden
The lemon tree is evergreen and little. Tree size will depend on the environment the sort and how it is managed.The blossoms are small and have a strong and pleasant smell. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like seasonal influenza and colds.
Scientific name: Citrus limon
Common name: lemon
How to grow and maintain Lemon:
Citrus requires well-drained soil, so choosing the right potting mix is important. Commercial potting mixes with peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, and compost are fine to use as long as the soil is light enough to drain water well.
They like a temperature of 20-30 degrees C yet will endure down to 5-6 degrees C. The tree will be in growth between 13 and 30 degrees C. Therefore if used as a patio tree, they must be brought indoors at least in winter to avoid cold damage.
Trees should never be permitted to dry out. In the development stage water frequently and abundantly. Keep away from any waterlogging.
Treat in spring with a citrus plant food. Citrus requires additional nitrogen, so look for formulations with double the nitrogen compared to phosphorous and potassium. If you can’t find citrus plant food in your area, timed-released or organic fruit tree foods with micronutrients are good alternatives. These slow release products will feed the plant over time. If the leaves yellow and the watering is correct, supplement the granular fertilizers with occasional foliar sprays of fish emulsion.
Pests and diseases:
There are several pests and diseases that affect lemons, including citrus leaf miner, red scale, oriental spider mite, fruit piercing moth, root rot and collar rot.
Benefits of lemons:
Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels, helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and helping with regularity. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning. lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to aging and most types of disease.Lemons are an old standby for home beauty treatments. Lemon and lemon oil helps to prevent wrinkles while adding a refreshing note in facial washes and masks.
Last updated on November 12th, 2017
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