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.
When Lemons Are Ripe
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.