The Q&A Archives: Type Of Soil For A Happy Lemon Tree in a Container

Question: What type of soil does a lemon tree prefer? I know some fruit trees like a soil high in lime and sand. We live in Colorado so the tree will come inside before frost. The tree will be a part-time house plant. This is a Eureka Lemon tree. The tag says that it is more sensitive than Lisbon.

Answer: Citrus will actually grow in a fairly wide range of soil types and pH ranges. Since your tree is in a container, the most important thing is soil with excellent drainage. Citrus needs plenty of moisture, so use a soil with a high organic content, which holds moisture and promotes drainage.

Citrus requires nitrogen to thrive. Fertilizer applications are usually split into three equal portions throughout the year, rather than applying it all at once. You can also use a fertilizer formulated specifically for citrus.

Citrus sometimes suffer from iron chlorosis, in which the leaves turn yellow, but the veins remain green. If this happens, apply an iron chelate, which roots can readily absorb. Hope this info helps!

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