A very welcomed addition to the herbs on sale at my local delicatessen, Markets & Platters in Dubai Marina, is potted citrus plants.
The striking green-and-yellow combo of the mini-lemon trees promise to brighten up the dullest of balconies and will, with a bit of TLC, prove an ever replenishing source of fruit. Although the instructions card buried in the soil is a little vague, the trees will apparently thrive outdoors or indoors under the right conditions.
Here’s what a quick call to The Garden Centre on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road revealed:
- 1. Lemon plants need as much warmth and light as possible
- 2. If kept indoors, make sure there’s plenty of ventilation & sun exposure
- 3. Let the soil dry out almost completely before fully re-watering
- 4. Don’t let the pot stand in water, buy ‘pot-feet’ to avoid rot setting-in
- 5. Keep feeding the plant when it fruits, but reduce the dosage in winter
- 6. When buds reappear in spring, start to feed and water more liberally
- 7. If using liquid fertilizer, limit applications to every 15/20 days
- 8. Prune once every six months apart from in winter
Lemon trees at the The Garden Centre range from Dh100 – 5,000 with a delivery service available. Call +97143400006 for more info.