We’ve always wanted a lemon tree (Citrus limon Burm. f.) around our home; we’ve had grapefruits, limes, and oranges, but no tangerines or lemons.
Lemons are good for us and they are a good source of potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Luckily for us a few baby lemon trees began growing in our flower pots late 2015, and last year we transplanted two of them to grow in our yard.
These lemon trees are not just planted any and anywhere in our yard, we’ve planted them over the umbilical cords of my twin nephews – Dominic and Daniel.
Planting trees over the “navel string” or umbilical cords of children is a custom my parents are quite familiar with when they lived in the country. Children grew up knowing which trees were theirs, and I guess it made them feel special.
Today I took a picture of our lemon saplings and the taller one now stands at a height of four feet.Lemon trees usually grow to heights of 10 – 20 ft and they thrive in full sun. The trees are growing well, like the twins who are full of life at age four years. I understand that there are different varieties of lemons such as ‘Bearrs’, ‘Eureka’, and ‘Lisbon’; and I’m not sure what type we have as yet. I read here that young lemon trees usually begin fruit production in their third year, and they bear all year round.
I also read that the flowers of the lemon tree are lovely and fragrance, and the tree is attractive to bees and butterflies. Hopefully our tree will begin flowering next year.