Plant Care Lemon


4.6 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Lemon has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Lemon has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Variegated Pink Eureka Lemon, pink veriegated eureka lemon, Lemon Tree, eureka lemon and Citrus Lemon


Citrus x limon

How to care for Lemon

💦 Water

How often to water your Lemon

Water needs for Lemon
0.5 cups
every 9

Lemon needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Lemon

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Lemon in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Lemon: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Lemon love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Lemon does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Lemon in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Lemon

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Lemon: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Lemon after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Lemon is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Lemon →

Common Lemon Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Lemon prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Lemon Water Frequency →

Lemon Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Lemon requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Lemon Light Requirements →

Lemon Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Lemon is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Lemon Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Lemon doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Lemon Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Lemon does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Lemon →

When and How to Successfully Repot Lemon →

💩 Fertilizer

Lemon grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🌎 Native Region

Lemon is native to Southeast Asia and Australia.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Lemon will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Lemon →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Lemon can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Lemon Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Lemon



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Lemon has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Lemon has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Lemon has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Lemon has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Lemon has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@Siepplant avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 181 XP

I personally just got mine from seeds of a lemon in my kitchen.
They’re a great source of joy lots of new leaves in the first few months
Requires wet soil and will do amazing in a window sill
I love mine just because I grew them all the way from seedlings honestly

Just get some seeds peel them and place them in a bag or a container that’s seethrough with wet toilet paper as the growing medium

When it outgrows your container plant them in small pots and check the bottom every week too prevent rootbound

That’s all

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Rebeccurrrr avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 474 XP

I started this sampling from a seed out of a lemon from my aunts garden last year. While it’s been growing more branches and more leaves quite quickly it won’t bear fruit for its first few years.

Fast grower Fast grower
Lori avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 119 XP
globe Fredonia, NY

Slow to produce but I get a few delicious lemons a year !

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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