Ichang Lemon Tree
thorns on the tree
Last week I attended a workshop on growing hardy citrus trees in our area. The speakers were Hayes Jackson and Marchale Burton. Hayes talked about citrus that did well in our area. There are semi hardy and hardy varieties. Semi hardy do well into the upper 20's; thus, it is best to plant them in a very large container, such as a half whiskey barrel, and move them in and out when the temps drop below the high twenties. One of these semi hardy is the Meyer Lemon. Beloved by cooks because of its wonderful flavor, you need to protect this jewel during really cold spells. Hardy citrus produce wonderful flowers and fruit; the fruit of these trees does not taste the same as the fruit in the grocery store. Many of them such as the Ichang Lemon have serious thorns. If you have a desire to try growing a citrus tree in your yard, they get quite large, need full sun, ample amounts of fertilizer in the growing season (not after August, however,), and watering during dry spells. Hayes recommends the following hardy citrus for here: Ichang Lemon, Morton Citrange, and Thomasville Citrangequats. Ms. Burton prepared some wonderful treats using lemon and lime juice. Her lime bars were heavenly!
Having your own lemon, lime or orange tree in your garden will surely make you the envy of the neighborhood. It will also make you patient as they take 7 to 10 years to bear fruit.