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MY LEMON TREE!

January 9, 2014

lemontree

You guys.

About a year ago, I bought a Meyer lemon tree. It looked like that photo above.

lemon tree

Now it looks like this (!!!). I actually have a real, live, fruit-producing lemon tree! I’m so proud, especially considering I can barely keep herbs alive and my tomatoes died a sad, heat-related death this summer. I didn’t even do anything that special for to this tree: I watered it a few times a week, when the soil looked dry, and planted it in citrus fertilizer when I got it, but other than that, I just let it do its thing and here are the results. So satisfying!

I can’t wait to use these lemons in my morning lemon water and, of course, for cooking and baking (Meyers are the best, aren’t they?). And I have to say, I’m feeling a little more confident trying my hand at more gardening now–especially since we have a big backyard to play with these days.

Do you guys grow your own fruits and vegetables? Anything I should try next?

  • Reply
    Sarah | For the Love of Chow
    January 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Woah! I am impressed! What size planter do you have it in? I killed my lime tree in a Texas frost about 2 years ago and have been hesitant to try again. Did you keep her outside or inside?

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      Megan @ Pink O'Clock
      January 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Sarah, not to toot my own horn, but I’m kind of impressed with myself, too! My black thumb isn’t as black as I thought!

      I kept the tree in a small planter–it’s a small tree–and she just kind of kept growing, despite the fact that I thought I killed her a couple of times when I was out of town or forgot to water her. And I keep her outside all the time, with the exception of two days this week, actually, when the temps dropped into the 30s at night and she literally looked like she was shivering in the crazy wind we got. Thank goodness for Florida’s temperate weather!

      You should totally try growing citrus again. It’s worth it! I was so happy picking one of the lemons off the tree this morning for my lemon water. xoxo

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    Alicia | Jaybird Blog
    January 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Wow, this is so awesome! I would love to grow lemons and so many other plants, but Chicago is not the most hospitable climate year-round. I keep wanting to increase my indoor gardening efforts, but since it seems like I’m moving every year, I’m hesitant to sink too much time or $ into a set-up specific to one apartment or too challenging to move. In the meantime I’ll have to make do with your pretty lemon tree pics!

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    Jenn@NearandFarMontana
    January 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Oh my gosh! This is great! I really want to try growing a lemon tree this year, I’m just not sure how it would survive our winters. But, if we get the greenhouse built then it should be doable. Plus, I want to try apple trees and gosh, anything that will grow here, I want to grow it! We grew tomatoes, carrots, kale, beans, peppers, broccoli and cucumbers last year. Some of it worked out, some of it didn’t, but we started way late in the season and weren’t really prepared so I think this year will be better!

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