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Ponderosa Lemon Tree

Citrus x limon 'Ponderosa'

The Ponderosa Lemon tree grows impressively large citron-like lemons that burst out of the round green leaves and purple flowers. They prefer bright light and can be kept indoors in grow zones 3 through 8.

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Ponderosa Lemon Trees (Citrus x limon “Ponderosa”) bear extra large citrus fruits the size of a grapefruit, but with the taste of a lemon. Although no one knows for sure, this tree is likely a hybrid between a citron and a lemon tree. Since the Ponderosa Lemon tree is very sensitive to frost and the cold, they only thrive in hardiness zones 9 to 11. Understandably, they are often grown indoors as houseplants.

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Hardiness Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 12 to 20 Feet outside
Mature Width: 10 to 12 Feet
Sunlight: Full sun
Water Requirements: Allow to dry out between waterings
Details: Easily grown, very fragrant
Growzone: 9-11 Ponderosa Lemon Tree Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Ponderosa Lemon Tree

Before you buy a Ponderosa Lemon Trees, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and flourishing.

How do I water my Ponderosa Lemon Trees?

How do I water my Ponderosa Lemon Trees?

Container-grown lemon trees such as a Ponderosa Lemon tree needs more water than those planted outside. In the spring, water two to three times a week. In the summer, as temperatures rise, your container-grown lemon tree may need to be watered daily. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. A good indication of when you should water is to check the top 2 to 3 inches of soil. If it is dry to the touch, your Ponderosa lemon tree needs watering. Houses generally don't have the humidity lemon trees need to grow and bear fruit. Mist or spray your lemon tree several times a week with a spray bottle.

How do I fertilize my Ponderosa Lemon Trees?

How do I fertilize my Ponderosa Lemon Trees?

We recommend feeding your indoor citrus plants with Espoma Citrus-tone. It is best to feed your plants by sprinkling one teaspoon of fertilizer on the soil surface per every 4 inches of pot diameter. Apply double for pots over 12 inches. Be sure to mix the fertilizer into the top layer of soil by using a fork to gently stir the fertilizer into the top 2 inches of soil evenly. With frequent watering of potted plants, nutrients may be lost and more frequent applications may be required. Feed every 60 days in late winter through early fall when the tree is in its growing season.

What type of soil is best for my Ponderosa Lemon Trees?

What type of soil is best for my Ponderosa Lemon Trees?

When it comes to your Ponderosa Lemon Trees, any mix will do but it is important to use a soil mix that is lightweight and drains well. Espoma Cactus Mix provides an optimal mix for your Ponderosa Lemon Tree to grow beautifully. This will contain perlite and peat moss which encourages optimal drainage, and root aeration.

How should I prune my Ponderosa Lemon Tree?

How should I prune my Ponderosa Lemon Tree?

Regular pruning of Ponderosa Lemon trees is necessary to encourage outward growth for better fruit production. Disinfect your pruning tools with a solution of 10-percent bleach, which contains one part bleach and nine parts water. Bypass pruners work well for clipping small branches less than 1/2 inch in diameter. Eliminate any rubbing or crossing branches to encourage an outward growing habit with an open center, so sunlight reaches all the branches.


Additional Information

The sweet flavor the Ponderosa lemon will be a favorite of your family. These lemons are so large and full of juice that you'll be amazed how few you need for a pitcher of delicious lemonade. Ponderosa Lemons are thick-skinned which makes them great for making lemon zest. 

Ponderosa Lemons are great sources of Calcium, Fiber, Iron, Vitamin C, and essential Antioxidants. 

Ponderosa Lemons are one of the only lemon trees that bear fruit and flowers at the same time. You can expect to see beautiful white flowers that are dashed with purple and large bright yellow lemons at the on the same tree. Ponderosa Lemons can stay on the tree for many months without deteriorating, making them one of the easiest to store lemons.


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