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Vases for Lemon Trees: How to choose the ideal vase to grow a strong and healthy plant

Vases for Lemon Trees

A vase for a lemon plant is the ideal solution for growing this fruit tree indoors or outdoors. The vase is even helpful when moving the plant outside during the warmer months, and back inside to be protected during the winter. With the right considerations, even gardeners with little experience will be able to enjoy the most famous citrus in Italy from their terrace, regardless of the climate which may be far from that of the “Land of the Sun”.

However, to choose the perfect vase for your lemon tree you will need to follow some steps. For this reason, we want to help you with the following guide to help you grow your plant healthy and lush with fruits that will be the envy of your neighbor!

Which Aspects Should I Consider to Grow a Potted Lemon Tree?

To choose a vase for a citrus plant you have to take into consideration various vital aspects for the proper growth of the plant:

The most classic lemon tree vase, decorated with citrus fruits and leaves
The most classic lemon tree vase, decorated with citrus fruits and leaves

  • Breathable and resistant material

  • Large enough for the plant to grow

  • Cone shape (wider on top)

  • Placement of the vase

Following these suggestions, you will be able to grow your tree in the best way possible.

Of the vases we offer for lemon trees, this is the most classic model, made with terracotta from Impruneta, decorated with citrus fruits and leaves.

Breathable and Resistant Material like Terracotta

Terracotta vases for lemon trees are ideal for planting and cultivating any kind of citrus plant. The porous quality of the clay allows constant airflow and maintains a balanced humidity level for the roots of the plant.

The terracotta also facilitates its own drainage of excess water from the plant which helps prevent stagnant water from rotting the roots and keeps the temperature and humidity level constant. Furthermore, the resistance of the clay protects the plant from bad weather and thermal shock.

These characteristics of terracotta clay allow you to cultivate your lemon plant in seaside areas, where the saltwater in the air could risk damaging the plant soil. You will be able to use this vase for years without seeing any signs of wear.

If you are still thinking that a plastic pot could be the best solution for your plants, check out the article on our blog, 4 reasons to choose terracotta vases from Impruneta.

Dimensions of the vase for a citrus plant

The first thing to consider is the dimensions of the vase compared to the size of the tree. If the vase is too big it could cause stagnant water to build up and damage the roots. While a vase that’s too small can limit the growth of the plant. We suggest choosing a pot that is only slightly bigger for these reasons:

  • possibility for the roots to grow and develop without being suffocated

  • to have more soil around the roots, which means having more water and nutrients to help the plant grow

  • more stability for the plant, especially when it begins producing fruit

  • more circulation in the air around the roots, bettering the respiration of the plant

Preference of cone shaped pots

When choosing a pot for your plant, it is important to consider the shape. Cone shaped pots in particular are well suited for the growth of a lemon tree.

Cone shaped pots for lemon trees are designed to provide more airflow around the roots of the plant, allowing it to breath better.

Cone shaped pots have smaller bases compared to their rims which helps concentrate humidity around the plant’s roots. This protects the roots from hardening as well as it helps prevent the water from flowing too quickly through the soil, helping the irrigation of the roots. Here are the cone shaped vases best suited for your lemon tree:

Take a look at our selection to discover the excellence of the terracotta from Impruneta.


Extra stability with cylindrical pots

Cylindrical pots are another option for lemon trees. This shape offers better stability, making them a great choice for outdoor potted plants that may be exposed to strong gusts of wind on a balcony or terrace for example. The base is wider as is the surface that carries the weight of the plant, so the risk of the plant falling over when the weather is uncertain is reduced.

Here is our selection of cylindrical pots ideal for your citrus plant.

How to protect potted lemon trees in the winter

The evergreen shrub can flower up to twice a year when given the proper attention. This is fundamental especially in the winter months. Here are 5 things to help protect your potted lemon tree in the winter.

  1. Move the pot indoors. If you live in a place with low temperatures, its better to move the plant indoors to prevent the roots from freezing. Choose a bright room that’s not too warm, like a greenhouse or a room with a window that gets sunlight. Remember that the ideal temperature for a lemon tree is between 10 and 28 degrees Celsius.

  2. Cover the plant. If are not able to move the tree indoors, cover them with a plastic tarp to protect the roots from frost. Make sure that the tarp isn’t touching the leaves because it could cause humidity and eventually, mold.

  3. Water the plant with moderation. During the winter, the lemon tree needs less water than it does in the summer. Water the plant only when the soil is dry to the touch.

  4. Fertilize with care. Fertilization also should be reduced in the winter as the plant is in vegetative rest.

  5. Protect from wind. Cold winds can dry out the leaves and weaken the tree. For this reason, its best to put the plant in a somewhat protected area.

Now that you know how to choose the ideal pot for lemon trees, check out our terracotta vases from Impruneta and give your garden, balcony or living room that special touch. Enjoy the precious fruits from your plant, maybe with a great homemade limoncello.

Source: Fornace Masini - Handmade Terracota from Impruneta

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