When Will I Get Ripe Lemons? - Knowledgebase Question

Royersford, PA
Question by Janeurb416
October 3, 2004
I have a Dwarf Lisbon Lemon tree which I am growing in a large pot. I bought it this way. The tree has a lot of green lemons but I have yet to see a yellow lemon. I've had the tree since June and it kept producing more and more green lemons, but when will I see a yellow lemon? It's October and starting to get cold at night. I plan on bringing the plant indoors very shortly.

I hope you can answer my question. Thank you!


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Answer from NGA
October 3, 2004

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It seems to take forever for lemons to ripen, but eventually they do. It's important to wait for the skin to turn from green to yellow because unlike other citrus, lemons will not ripen off the tree. The Lisbon is harvested from October to August so you may have a few more months of waiting before the fruit is ripe. Lisbon has a medium-size, elliptical shape, with a deep yellow, smooth rind that is somewhat fleshy. The flesh is pale yellow, seedless, and is composed of twelve segments.

Enjoy your lemons!

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