Step One : Choose a healthy specimen
I chose this one because it didn't have any signs of disease, was nice and green with a well balanced shape.This particular variety is 'Eureka'. It will grow to around 6m with fruit at various times of the year without many thorns. I bought mine from a local retail nursery.
Step Two : Keep well watered before planting
This is especially important in summer as pots tend to dry out very rapidly. The smaller the pot the faster it will dry. My nephew helped me with the watering can I bought for him ( I don't condone child labour - he was willing! )
Step Three : Choose a suitable position
Didn't have a lot of choice here as this is the only remaining area with any space for a tree. They need a sunny position with free draining soil. This position may be a bit on the shady side in the afternoon but gets plenty of morning and mid-day sun.
Step Four : Dig a big enough hole
Try not to bury your dog in the process! Ours likes to stick his nose in to sniff the soil as I'm digging. According to the label the hole should be the same depth as the pot and at least three times as wide.
Step Five : Fertilise
Next I added some 'Trees,Shrubs and Citrus' fertiliser to the hole and mixed it with the planting soil as directed. The label said 10 x tablespoons per tree.
Step Five : Water
I filled the hole up with water a few times and it soaked in quite rapidly indicating that it's definitely free draining. Our dog was trying to have a drink but it disappeared before his eyes!
Step Six : Back fill and Mulch
I planted the tree on a small raised mound to avoid over watering the roots. Mulching might have to be a job for next weekend as I didn't have any handy.
Step Seven : Water in well
Always a good idea. I plan on watering my Lemon everyday for the first few weeks until it gets more established. Then I'll monitor it to see how much it requires on a weekly basis. Hopefully I'll be one of those people handing out free lemons to friends and family in no time!
This online fruit tree supplier has a really good website http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/ Has anyone got any good lemon growing tips for me? If so please leave a comment.