Lemon Trees
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Limon Tree

Anonymous added on April 17, 2014 | Answered

Several years ago, a coworker of mine (from South America) would bring in these lovely little citrus she called Limons. They looked like key limes and I enjoyed eating them from the rind. Nice mix of tart and sweet, I believe. I took some seeds home and now have a beautiful green bush 3-4 feet high, in a container. Lots of thorns too, but no flowering. What now? It needs to go in the ground. Does it need pollinating? Should I prune? I once was told that if I do get buds, I should pinch them for next year's production.

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Nikki
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Answered on April 17, 2014

Limon is simply the spanish version of our Lemon (Citrus limon). The following articles will help with growing your lemon tree: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/how-to-grow-a-lemon-tree.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/growing-lemon-trees-containers.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/learn-about-fertilizer-for-a-lemon-tree.htm Lemon trees typically need to be about 4 years old to fruit. If it is 4 years old and you are not seeing blossoms, it may be that the soil is lacking phosphorous and adding bone meal will help. If you are seeing blossoms but you get no fruit, this is a pollination problem. You can hand pollinate with a small paintbrush. Just go from flower to flower and swirl the brush inside the blossoms.

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