How to Grow Lemon Trees in a Pot

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To grow a lemon tree in a pot without making a mess requires a little preparation. Discover the best way to grow a lemon tree in a pot with tips from a third-generation flower grower in this free video on fruit trees.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen. And in this segment we learn all about how to grow a lemon tree in a pot. So the materials that we're going to need are a lemon tree start. Either a root or a start off of another plant. We need a container that we're going to grow it in. And we need some gravel. Then we need some potting soil. And then we need a little more gravel for the top of the pot when we plant it. And that's all the materials that we're going to need to grow a lemon tree in a pot. So the first step is putting some gravel or marbles or sticks or moss or anything on the bottom of your pot. Because if you put soil right to the bottom of you pot a lot of the soil is just going to leak right out and make a lot of muddy mess. So I found by putting some gravel in the bottom or marbles or sticks or moss or anything just to give it a little bit of air, too, it'll just do that much better because it'll have good drainage. So you always want to fill at least the bottom, the holes covered, with some gravel. At least 3 or 4 inches. And then that way it wont fall out. Once we have gravel in the pots, usually at least 2 or 3 inches depending on the size of your pot you want to add some potting soil. If it's a large pot, too, you can always fill the bottom with some newspapers or plastic bottles or anything to get some drainage and make it so it's not so heavy. For the third step I'm putting some more dirt over to cover the roots completely 2 to 3 inches. You want to make sure the roots are completely covered and the stem, which will be the main plant, is not covered with any soil past the real root line so that it wont suffocate and everything will grow even better. So my trick with all pots is put a little bit of gravel on the top. And that's your last and final step. So make sure that you have enough sunlight or enough artificial light if it's indoors and you will have a wonderful lemon tree that you can enjoy.

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