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Old 01-10-2002, 11:59 AM
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one little tip

Actually, it's not so much as tip for gardening (dh is the gardener...I have a slightly less than brown thumb...LOL) as it is just something I've discovered I love.

Several years back (maybe close to 10 now), we bought a dwarf lemon tree which we keep inside the house. Right now, it's about 4 feet high, including the pot, and produces at least 4, and up to 7 or so, really tasty (and organic!) fruits a year.

OK, so we don't get a steady supply of it, but what we do get is absolutely wonderful and keeps a long, long time on the tree, so I get to use them over a good period of time.

This wasn't even an expensive specimen...I believe we bought it from Michigan Bulb company, one of those really inexpensive but not the highest quality places.

I highly recommend growing your indoor dwarf fruit tree; you'll love the taste!
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Old 01-10-2002, 07:57 PM
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blossoms?

I'm curious, what type of blossoms do you get on that tree? I bet they are pretty!
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Old 01-11-2002, 10:21 AM
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Our lemon tree has very pretty white blossoms (with yellow stamens), but it is the scent that is incredible! When it's in bloom, the whole living room smells like a citrus orchard.
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Old 01-11-2002, 10:42 AM
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Do you have it near a window? What kind of light does it need? I'd love to get one
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Old 01-11-2002, 11:00 AM
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I think these trees generally do need a lot of light. We have ours in the living room right next to our prow windows (they're those huge windows often seen in Lindal homes)...but in the past, in our previous apartment and house, we've had it in areas that weren't so sunny and it did fine.

Dh saw a gorgeous dwarf orange tree in a catalog yesterday...it was rather pricey ($45!), but I think you can find one elsewhere for less. We had bought an orange tree last year, but it died for some reason; so now we're awaiting our refund check. Growing things is a risky operation...LOL!
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:Hi! Her,s a tip that works great.This is a natural weed killer. Take one gallon of white vinegar add one cup of table salt.stir well. We had poision ivy climbing up the side of our house,we put comerical weed killer on it.The next year it came back with a vengeance.my daughter gave me a book called,Tiptionary and it had this recipe in it. it works great,that stuff dried up almost as quickly as i put it on there.This book is wonderful it has so many tips in it,that you would,nt even think of.It is worth every cent.I believe it cost about eight dollars.
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Old 01-24-2002, 11:49 AM
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thanks! Sounds like a neat book; I'll definitely check it out.
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Hey Teresa I am absolutely intrigued by your description of the dwarf lemon tree. I have a bare space in my front living room that is just begging for something like this. How much attention does it need and how often do you water? Do you ever take it outside for "fresh air and sunshine" or leave it in place? I used to taake my bazzillion house plants outside on warm but rainy days. they loved it and I got my exercise. I gave them all up when we retired from the military but am now feeling the itch to get a few again.
I am definitely going to look into one of these trees. Thanks for the tip!

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Old 03-24-2003, 04:55 PM
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Hi Jayne, the lemon tree requires very little attention generally. Dh waters it about once a week (or less...depends on the season). The only time it requires some work is when it blooms...since we don't have pollinating bugs indoors, dh takes a small paint brush (like the ones that come in kids' watercolor paint sets) and makes like a bee!

Then we get the most wonderful tasting lemons - we get about 4-5 lemons per harvest...and don't quote me on this, but I think we get at least 2 harvests a year...we could get more per harvest, but our plant is not strong enough to support more weight, so dh pinches off excess blooms.

Last summer, dh put it outside for the season, but when we brought it back it, we found out that bugs decided to make it their home. It was really gross one day when a bunch of millipedes started coming out of the soil.

I highly recommend a dwarf fruit tree because not only are they pretty and fragrant (when blooming), they also produce food!

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