How to Care for a Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree Care

Lemon Trees make a wonderful addition to any garden. Don’t have the space for a Lemon Tree? Not a problem. You can choose a dwarf variety, which can be grown in a pot. A dwarf lemon tree is compact and will easily fit into a small space, allowing you to have delicious, juicy lemons all year round.

Here’s how to care for your Lemon Tree.

Lemon Tree Care


Place your Lemon Tree where it will receive full sun.


Water the soil thoroughly and wait for the water to drain through. Remove any excess water from the saucer as sitting in it can cause root rot. However, you can leave the excess water for up to 12 hours especially if the tree is thirsty. Allow the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering again. Hot, dry weather may require daily watering.

Tip 1: the top of the soil may look dry but it can be wet beneath, so before watering your plant, dip your finger into the soil to feel the level of moisture. If it feels soggy, wait for a few days and check again.

Tip 2: you can use a baster or syringe to remove any excess water from the saucer.

Temperature & Humidity

Average to warm temperatures and average humidity.


Feed your Lemon Tree twice a year (February and August) with a fertiliser for citrus trees.

Prune your Lemon Tree in early spring. Cut away any dead or damaged leaves and any suckers. Suckers grow from the roots and should be pruned.