I bought a potted lemon tree in April and it has nearly doubled in width but not grown much height. It looks like a bush. The last two weeks it has been producing dozens of flowers. Are the flowers a sign that it will soon have lemons? I do not know the type of lemon tree it is, the tag only said “Lemon”. Additionally, should I plan on bringing it inside for the winter? I live in Eastern North Carolina.
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Yes! These flowers are a sign of sexual maturity. They will start producing a few fruit within a year or two. It may not be much at first, but it will be something neat to look forward to. These will have to be brought indoors over winter in your area. They will not survive long below roughly 35 degrees. I would bring them in far before it gets that cold, though. They will need a south facing window to be happy.
Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/growing-lemon-trees-containers.htm