Having a lemon tree in our garden can get us out of trouble on many occasions. Lemon is a citrus fruit that is used in many cooking recipes. Whether you need lemon peel to make a cake, to squeeze on salad, meat or fish, flavor dishes, just go out in the garden and pick one.
To get big, juicy lemons in the garden, watering is part of those essential cares to achieve this goal. To get perfect lemons, you have to know the plant very well and give it exactly what it needs at the right time.
Lemons: how to water them properly to get them nice and big and juicy
The lemon tree needs constant watering to allow its root to be well hydrated to get that development we expect. Thereafter, irrigation will play a major role in flowering and fruit production. In order for the fruit to be full of juice and of proper size, irrigation of the lemon plays a key role.
Lack of water
Lemons suffering from water stress exhibit leaves that tend to first turn yellow and then take on a characteristic brownish color. This condition usually covers the leaves from the ends to the center. Lack of watering can cause the fruit to drop prematurely, remain small or have little juice.
Too much water
Excess water in the lemon tree is more or less easy to detect because the leaves usually yellow quickly. This condition can lead to root rot, which will sooner or later end the life of the plant .
At the soil level, you will notice that the soil is muddy and sometimes small pools of water may emerge. Associated with the above, you have to be careful about the type of water you use because the lemon is particularly susceptible to the use of water rich in salt. That is why it is worthwhile to subject it to a filtration process to remove the excess, if any, or to store rainwater for later use.
Lemons: water them like this, you’ll have them big and juicy until fall
Drip irrigation is the best technique for watering the tree consistently and localized directly at the base. Ideally, water sprinklers should be placed in such a way as to distribute the drip along the circumference where the roots are spread.
Because drip delivers water slowly, the soil can slowly absorb the water, reducing the risk of stagnation. If drip irrigation is not possible, sprinkler irrigation is recommended; this system distributes water with sprinklers that simulate rainfall. If this type of irrigation is used, it is a good idea to do it early in the morning; this prevents the water that ends up on the leaves and fruit from causing sunburn. What is not advisable is flood irrigation, as it tends to moisten the soil a lot, with a high risk of causing root rot.
Watering the lemon tree: how many times a week should it be done?
Watering lemons should be determined by the time of year, as it will coincide with their production stages. In winter, they will only need 1 or 2 waterings per week since the tree will have a rest period and its water consumption will be very low.
For fall and early spring, watering will increase slightly, settling for every other day watering. In late spring and throughout the summer, which is the period of productivity, watering should be done daily, with the right amount of water.
Although daily watering is promoted for the benefit of the tree and production, it should be kept in mind that flooding does not occur, likewise, if there is rainfall with an adequate amount of inches, watering is not necessary.