How Do I Know When the Lemons Are Ripe?
We have a container grown lemon tree - the lemons formed are large and variegated (almost striped). Sort of turning a yellowish but still more green than yellow. We've never picked one before so aren't certain what variety.
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Lemons are ripe and ready to pick once they have completely turned yellow. However, slightly green-yellow ones can still be picked and will normally ripen off the tree, provided they are large enough. They should also be somewhat heavy feeling and hard with a 'glossy' look to them. If it's kind of squishy, you've waited too long. The lemon should also be about 2-3 inches in diameter.