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It’s no secret that lemon trees grow best in warm climates like California, Florida or even Italy. But gardeners in any climate can enjoy the lemon tree’s beautiful bright green leaves and fruit, as long as you are setting your plant up for success.

Lemon trees prefer soil with good drainage. This includes sandy or loamy soils, which are condusive to good drainage. For the soil’s pH level, you should shoot for somewhere between 5.5 and 6.5.

Caring for a Lemon Tree in the Winter

As mentioned, lemon trees thrive in warm weather. If you live in colder climates, you can keep your lemon tree thriving throughout the winter by bringing it inside, giving it lots of sunshine or light from growing lights, and ensuring that the soil continues to offer good drainage. This can be accomplished by planting it in a pot with a drainage hole at the bottom and using potting mix, like the Miracle-Gro® Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix, which is specially formulated for providing the best conditions for your tree.