If you love lemons, you should try growing your own lemon tree in a container. The only difference between that and growing it in the ground is that you have to repot it once it outgrows its container. The tree will let you know that it is time for a pot that is 25% larger, with sad drooping brown leaves. It can even start to push and grow its roots out of the drainage holes if it begins to outgrow its container as well.
The first step in repotting your lemon tree is to take your new pot that is 25% larger than the current one, and fill it only 1/4 full of soil. Gently pry your lemon tree out, and place while holding it in the pot, straight. Then fill the gaps with more soil until full. Gently pat, and you are all done.
- A lemon tree will generally need to be repotted every 3-4 years.
- A sure sign that you need to repot is if you see the roots growing out of the drainage holes.
- You should plan to repot in the spring when the tree is gearing up for new growth.
“If you have been vigilant about watering and fertilizing your container grown lemon tree but the leaves are dropping or browning and there is evidence of twig dieback, you might want to think about repotting the lemon tree”