Growing a Lemon Tree in Zone 5
I want to grow a lemon tree but live in zone 5. Is it possible?
You are not alone in your quest to bring citrus fruit to the north. Many gardeners across the country are trying to grow citrus in their homes. The glossy green foliage and fragrant flowers make it worth the effort even if they don’t produce fruit. Start with the Meyer lemon. Check with local garden centers and florists. They may sell them or be willing to order one for you. Or check the internet and tropical plant catalogues for sources. Grow your plant in a sunny (south-facing) window. Consider supplementing low light conditions with artificial lights if needed. You can grow lemon trees indoors year round or move them outdoors for the summer. In both cases keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Use an acid fertilizer for flowering plants in early spring and early summer and early fall. High humidity is critical for flowering and fruiting success. Increase the humidity in your home by placing the plants on a gravel tray filled with water. Keep the pot elevated above the water line. Avoid drafts of hot and cold air but don’t be afraid to turn down the heat. Citrus prefer cooler temperatures (50’s and 60’s) during the winter.
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