....... Our African Rough Lemon ...
...... A lemon tree from seed is the Best ....Rough Lemon is one of the hardiest types.
Lemons have been known since the earliest times for their many useful qualities. They were eaten to prevent scurvy and the juice was used as a beauty product to lighten skin and hair. In royal gardens, lemon trees were grown in elegant, wheeled, wooden caskets. In warmer weather the palace gardeners would move the trees outside
for everyone to admire. When the cold weather turned, the trees would be returned to the conservatory. Of course, lemons are also used extensively in cooking and baking, and to make wonderfully refreshing lemonade. In fact, for most food lovers, and almost all good cooks, it is hard to imagine life without lemons.....
If you’ve ever seen a flowering lemon tree, you’ll understand why. For those of you who haven’t, allow me explain. Their lush, dark green, oval leaves have a glossy texture that shimmers in sunlight. Their delicate white flowers bloom with a citrus fragrance and are soft to the touch. Their exotic nature provides an alluring quality. And, finally, they bear the exciting possibility of fruit!....Rough Lemon is similar to true lemons, although its fruit are larger, seedier and very bumpy and its juice is less acid than true lemons.
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Typically, lemon trees flourish outdoors year-round in hot, sunny regions, but they can also thrive indoors as edible houseplants even in cold-season climates....(in pots 3-5 ft.) A healthy house lemon tree will be producing massive fruit in a setting all year. It makes for an impressive sight during the dead of a winter!
Rough lemons were introduced from China in 1908. While not a true lemon, its fruit are used as a lemon substitute despite being much less acid than true lemons. Its fruit, which are moderately seedy, resemble a large orange in shape, peel color and pulp color. The tree is spreading and relatively small, nearly thorn less and more cold tolerant than true lemons.. ......Growing rough lemon trees in garden pots is hugely rewarding. Not only are they prolific fruit producers, the blossoms of rough lemon trees are incredibly fragrant and beautiful. The rough lemon fruit is also sweeter than the fruit of other lemons and even their thin skin is tasty and great for cooking.
Though rough lemon trees are naturally shrub-like, they can also be pruned into tree form. When planted in the ground, they can grow up to 6-9 feet tall and up to 5 feet wide. When grown in garden pots, depending on the size of the pot, your plant will be smaller.....
* When you pick lemons, leave a piece of the stem on each as this allows them to last longer. You can also leave the fruit on the tree and only pick when it's needed.
* Fill tall glass cylinders with water and pop in some sunshine- yellow lemons for elegant table décor.
* Soak lemon (and other citrus) peels in a bucket of water for a few days and use the liquid to water young plants and cuttings. According to seasoned gardeners the pith contains a growth stimulant and rooting hormone.
* Rub lemon leaves on your windowsills to repel flies and mosquitoes.
* Throw citrus peels between the plants where the neighborhood cats come to scratch – they will go off in search of less lemony-smelling places.
In a nutshell
* Evergreen and generous fruit bearers.
* Easy to cultivate.
* Medium water consumption.
* Ideal for pots and small gardens.