WHEN LIFE DEALS LEMONS

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS

Eat­ing a fresh le­mon re­quires a lot of courage, un­less it’s a va­ri­ety called lemon­ade. Lemon­ade is much sweeter and doesn’t have the in­tense sour­ness of most other lemons. Lemon­ade le­mon trees are great for back­yards as they pro­duce lots of fruit and don’t get much taller than 2.5m. Lemon­ade is also avail­able as a com­pact dwarf that can be grown hap­pily in a pot. Lemon­ade trees do best in a well-drained sunny spot and will grow in all but the cold­est ar­eas of Aus­tralia. Spring is an ideal time to plant a new cit­rus tree. When plant­ing a new tree, mix some Dy­namic Lifter into the plant­ing hole to help im­prove and en­rich the soil and sup­ply the newly planted le­mon with gen­tle, or­ganic nu­tri­ents as it es­tab­lishes. When plant­ing cit­rus into con­tain­ers, choose a well-drained pot that’s at least 40cm in di­am­e­ter and use a good qual­ity pot­ting mix. Keep the new tree well wa­tered, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing its first sum­mer. Cit­rus trees have a shal­low root sys­tem that can dry out quickly. Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

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