I bought my lemon tree from Lidl. I paid a fiver and was pleased as punch, but the rest of the queue was confused: it really did look dead. With luck, you should be picking lemons by autumn. Also, some poor gardener would have to keep fires going all night so the frost didn't creep in. If a gentle scratch to the stem reveals green under the outer layer, all is not lost. Well, haggled would be more accurate. All rights reserved. Glass panes were at the time very expensive and very small, so a limonia was less of a glasshouse and more a shed with huge wooden shutters that were opened during the day and closed at night. Italian lemons that are still wintered in such Renaissance rooms emerge pale, weak versions of their former selves, but at least they have a summer of good sun to perk them up. Now it spends the winter on the sunny kitchen windowsill, which makes for a far happier plant. The lemon tree particularly flowers in two major peaks every season and then continuously at reduced intensity during the remainder of the year. Sat 23 Nov 2013 04.00 EST I bought my lemon tree from Lidl. My friend Birgit negotiated a discount for what was essentially a stick with no leaves. My friend Birgit negotiated a discount for what was essentially a stick with no leaves. And a winter in the dark followed by a less-than-sunny summer spells doom for a lemon tree. Lemons are far tougher than they look, but if kept in low light for any length of time, and slightly abused on the watering front, they tend to drop their leaves. However, all citrus like humid conditions, so sit the pot in a tray filled with water and gravel, with the base of the pot sat just above the water level. You can buy specific citrus feeds, but I improvise using a seaweed and chicken manure year-round, supplementing with comfrey and nettle feed in summer. The five-petaled, white flowers appear either singly or in … Well, haggled would be more accurate. This is an age-old problem: ever since the Medicis fell headlong for citrus in the 15th century, we've been dragging heavy pots indoors to overwinter lemons in less-than-warm climes. Lidl, winner of the Fresh Flower Supermarket of the year at the Retail Industry Awards, is selling olive, citrus and fig trees as part of its Mediterranean Villa range. Early limonias, or lemon houses, were very dingy places. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. The difficulties started once winter came. For a while, I abused my lemon by keeping it in an unheated greenhouse, where temperatures plummeted to zero: the lemon survived, but only just. Citrus are hungry plants and need regular feeding. First published on Sat 23 Nov 2013 04.00 EST. I took mine home, pruned it hard, watered it and fed it, and it flourished. Ours don't have that luxury. Over winter, you ideally want to keep them at a night-time temperature of 10C and in as much light as possible. Re: lidl lemon trees « Reply #16 on: April 12, 2017, 23:08 » well it might be if the new lemons next year look as good as the ones that came on it, although it does have lots of lovely new flowers opening and new shoots since I re potted/fed it and I have been misting it every day. Never let a citrus sit in a saucer of water: the roots rot quickly, and overwatering is the quickest way to kill a citrus plant. Where was this large lemon to live when the temperatures dropped? Available for everyone, funded by readers. The trick is high nitrogen during the growing season. The trick is to avoid overwatering in winter, when there is very little growth.