The Indoor Lemon Tree

An indoor lemon tree is your absolute best choice if you’re wondering what type of indoor fruit tree to start with (or just like lemons!). They’re easy to grow, prolific with fruit, and inexpensive too! In general acidic fruit is easier to grow indoors than sweeter varieties (such as oranges) which require more sun.

Meyer lemon trees are far and away the most popular type of indoor lemon tree to buy. They’re very low maintenance and produce an annual crop of robust, slightly sweet fruit. The first thing you’ll notice about the lemons is how much different they taste than store bought. They’re noticeably sweeter and seedless too!

Indoor lemon tree

Growing Lemons Indoors

This variety of lemon is absolutely perfect if you’ve never owned an indoor fruit tree. They’re great as a gift to buy and ideal for beginner gardeners. There really is nothing like growing your own fresh fruit at home, you’ll feel a real sense of accomplishment every time the tree fruits.

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Just for reference, an indoor lemon tree typically takes about nine to twelve months to produce their first fruit crop. You should buy a lemon tree which is at least 1 ½ – 2 years old. The tree is self pollinating, so you really don’t need to take yours outdoors at all, but we’ve noticed over the years the tree seems to be more robust and produces higher fruit yields if it’s outdoors for a few months.

Generally, this indoor tree will begin bearing fruit when it is between 2 ½ – 3 years old. In the meantime, the tree offers a light, fragrant scent that acts as a natural air freshener.

We’ve had our tree for eight years now! It’s happy and healthy, residing in our upstairs loft in winter and on our back patio during the summer’s warmest months.

Indoor lemon tree care

As with any indoor plant, it’ll take your tree a few months to get used to new surroundings … your best bet with an indoor citrus tree, is to place it in the sunniest location in your home. They enjoy six to eight hours of direct sun exposure daily, but don’t worry if the weather is cloudy; as long as they’re exposed to direct light everything will be fine.

We recommend you read 5 easy tips to care for your indoor fruit tree. Alternatively, if you are really serious about growing indoor fruit, download our comprehensive ebook. We give you all the detailed advice you need; such as the most suitable soil, the best fertilizer to use, pests you may find on your indoor lemon tree and what to do if you encounter problems such as yellow leaves or fruit drop. You will soon have a tree bearing healthy fruit.

Growing lemons indoors

Eureka Indoor Lemon Trees

Eureka lemons have been around for a while, but they’ve just recently been introduced in the past few years as an alternative lemon tree to buy for growing indoors. The Eureka lemons, when fully grown, are striped, adding an eye catching touch to your indoor tree.

This variety is proving to be nearly as popular as the Meyer lemon. It’s ultra easy care, disease free, and produces bushels of lemons. In a container, it will grow to about 10-12 feet tall, but you can prune it to keep the height in check. Simply snip off the top when the tree starts getting too tall for your living space.

Just like the indoor Meyer, the Eureka variety produces beautiful white fragrant blooms in the spring. Shortly thereafter, full size lemons begin to appear. They’ll ripen within a few weeks on the tree, and then they’re ready to be picked and added to drinks, recipes, or to bring out the flavor in fish and chicken dishes.

Note: The Eureka Lemon is somewhat more expensive to buy than a normal indoor lemon tree. This is because it’s a larger and more established (older) tree. A more established specimen means you’re likely to produce fruit a few months sooner.

Eureka indoor lemon tree care

Caring for this lemon tree is exactly the same as the Meyer lemon. Watering once a week should be ample; don’t water until the soil is almost completely dry. You can check whether you need to water or not by sticking your index finger into the soil – if you still feel dampness, don’t water yet. In between watering, keep the tree in a humid environment by misting the tree with tepid water daily or every other day. Your indoor lemon tree loves humidity! Misting also helps to keep the pests away from your tree.

Growing lemons indoors with your own indoor lemon tree is fun, rewarding and makes for a healthy addition to your diet and cooking.

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