The Q&A Archives: Lemon Tree- When to plant it

Question: For Christmas, I received a Meyer lemon tree- a dwarf, I believe.

I know to plant it in sun, but WHEN, and how do I prepare the soil?

It is in a big plastic pot.

Your response is most appreciated!
Thanks, Barbara

Answer: In your mild winter climate you can plant or transplant at any time of the year. Plant your new lemon tree now and it should be well established by the time the spring growth spurt begins. Citrus trees like moist, well draining soils. Be sure the site you choose drains quickly; dig a hole as deep but slightly wider than the nursery pot; set the tree in the hole making sure the finished grade will be the same soil level as it is growing now. Loosen the roots with your fingers and set the plant in the hole, then backfill with native soil. Water your tree well to help settle the soil. Water deeply once or twice each week (depending upon weather). Best wishes with your new tree!

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