Lemon Trees
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How Do I Know When the Lemons Are Ripe?

Zone 5 | sharon c added on September 2, 2011 | Answered

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.

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Nikki
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Answered on September 3, 2011

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.

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