The Q&A Archives: Lemon Tree

Question: What kind of soil do you need to plant a lemon tree?

Answer: Citrus trees of all kinds grow best in average to rich garden soil that drains quickly. If you have soil that drains slowly, consider planting in raised beds. If you have very light soil, you can improve water retention by digging in a 4"-6" layer of peat moss, sawdust, or ground bark to a depth of 1'.

Citrus roots grow near the surface as well as deeper, so a 2"-3" layer of mulch over the soil will be beneficial, helping retain moisture and suppress weeds.

'Lisbon', 'Eureka' and 'Improved Meyer' are all good varieties for your growing region.

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