Cold lemon

Cold lemon

Question: Will my lemon recover?

good morning if it were possible to have some advice for my lemon I removed the non-woven fabric with surprise I see that all the leaves are down and soft the soft lemons almost empty the leaves are green very little dry in your opinion and dead what can I do x recover it or give it a bit of fertilizer or done well and 1.5 high arria from sicili thank you cordial greetings

Cold lemon: Answer: how to grow a lemon outdoors

Dear Franco,

lemons, and also citrus fruits in general, are evergreen plants of Asian origin, which in Italy can be grown in the garden only in regions where the winter climate is mild, where frosts are not a problem.

In all regions where the winter climate is cold, and characterized by periods of even prolonged frost, lemons are grown in the shelter of a terrace, or covered with non-woven fabric, in order to prevent the leaves from being damaged.

However, when the winter cold is particularly intense, and the temperatures extremely low, it can happen that the frost reaches the plant under the protective cloth; in general, the plant is then covered at the end of autumn, and the temperatures are checked: if the thermometer falls below -5 / -8 ° C at night, one or more further covers are carried out, to avoid that, even under a layer of non-woven fabric, the climate becomes very rigid.

However, lemons are still evergreen plants, with a fairly intense winter development, since they often produce flowers and ripen fruits during the winter. For this reason, it is good to avoid that lemon plants remain completely without water for long periods of time; even with frost, even with snow, it is important to wet the soil, avoiding leaving it dry for a long time.

Also for this reason, plants are covered with non-woven fabric and not with plastic film: if a plant covered with non-woven fabric is exposed to the elements, the rainwater still reaches the ground.

Above all it is important that these plants receive water on days that are not too cold, with temperatures above 5-8 ° C.

So your lemon may have suffered for two different reasons: lack of watering, or excessively intense frost.

In both cases, the foliage collapses and tends to dry out; now it is time to shorten the branches that bear the damaged leaves, expose the plant to the sun and resume with the usual watering and fertilizations, however avoiding overwatering the plant, which needs water only when the soil is dry.

To stimulate growth, you can look for fertilizers suitable for plants that have undergone water stress in the nursery. These products are used only in an emergency and only once a year.

In any case, to favor the right content of mineral salts in the soil, you can use the fertilizer consisting of chopped lupins, traditionally used as fertilizer for citrus fruits.

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