Lemon Trees
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when lemons are ripe

Anonymous added on September 1, 2015 | Answered

How do we know when the lemons are ready to be picked from a container grown lemon plant? There is no lemon smell emitting from the plant as yet.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on September 3, 2015

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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