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Old 11-06-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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I'm SO glad you posted! I've been trying to think of the name of this type lemon tree for ages! I thought of getting one for a pot in the house. Have you ever had one inside? They are supposed to still produce lemons when in the house, do you think they really will? And, you keep yours out all winter and only bring in when the temp gets to freezing or below?

I've heard the scent is lovely, is that true?
I've heard they will do well in the house, but my friend at the nursery told me that they produce better outside. I can't say for sure, though. This is my first one (purchased in April 2009), and it's an outside plant.

Last winter I kept it out, bringing it in for freezes until it consistently went below freezing at night. Then I put it in the garage in front of the pedestrian door that had a window, so it could get some light. It stayed there until spring. Just before it was time to bring it back outside, I noticed hundreds of little buds all over it. I was so excited!

This winter I think I'll do the same thing. Right now it's loaded with about three dozen lemons, and they're almost ripe. I can't wait to start harvesting. Oh and yes, the blooms smell incredible.

Here are some pictures to give you an idea:

Taken when I first got it, April 2009. It's the one on the left.



Taken exactly one year later, in full bloom. (The date is pure coincidence)



Closeup of the blooms



Taken yesterday

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Old 11-06-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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Thanks for the original post. It inspired me to use up the flowers in the yard today. I helped my grandson and his cousin to create 4 floral arrangements, one each in a white dollar store coffee cup with floral foam. The marigolds in various golds, purple mums, and rosemary looked gorgeous and made sweet little presents for the important women in their lives. A similar arrangement goes for $30 on 1-800-flowers.
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:11 PM
 
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Claire_F - thanks for the great photos, this really helps! Awesome! I'm going to order one.
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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Claire_F - thanks for the great photos, this really helps! Awesome! I'm going to order one.
I got mine at Homewood Nursery, if that helps. They probably won't have them until spring, though.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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Does anyone know if the lemon tree would do better without being in a garage over the winter and instead was kept inside? I want one.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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You might want to check this out Meyer Lemons, Meyer Lemon Tree: Everything you would ever want to know they are saying you can keep it inside. We can either order on line now or wait till spring and buy locally like Claire did.
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Wow, I'm impressed with the lemon tree! If I had one, i would most definitely protect that from the weather. I just don't particularly have anything special planted.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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I think it should do fine inside in the winter. I put mine in the garage because I like to take it outside on warmer days, and it got too wide to go through the doorway without some creative twisting and turning. It will also need to be pruned after the fruit is harvested, and this will be more easily done outside or in the garage.

The web site RaleighLass linked to is a good one, but don't believe it when they say it's nearly thornless. Mine has plenty of thorns!

Keep in mind that if you want to grow one indoors, you'll need lots of sunlight and will have to pollinate by hand if you want any fruit.
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Cary NC
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Very nice lemon tree and pictures!
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I got mine at Homewood Nursery, if that helps. They probably won't have them until spring, though.
I saw one place online selling them for $80! Do you remember what you paid for yours?
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