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The Eureka lemon tree (Citrus limon ‘Variegated Pink’) is a unique and odd plant that will appeal to fans of the quirky and unusual. This tiny oddity produces fruit that will elevate you to the status of the day’s host or hostess at cocktail hour. A lovely and distinct variation on the classic lemon tree, variegated pink lemon trees are a must-have for any garden. The tutti-frutti taste of the plant’s skin and meat makes it a real standout, yet the skin and flesh of the plant have a unique feature. Continue reading for helpful hints on how to produce ‘variegated pink’ Eureka lemon tree in your yard.
What is a Eureka Pink Lemon Tree, and how does it grow?
Pink with variegated patterns. The Eureka lemon is a gem of an attractive plant, both for its leaves and for the fruit it produces. Despite the fact that the flesh of the lemon appears similar to that of a pink grapefruit, it does not produce pink juice. The juice is transparent with a little tint of pink in it, and it has a very light taste to it. You could nearly eat one of these fruits out of your palm without puckering your lips excessively.
The variegated pink Eureka lemon tree is a medium-sized citrus that does well in containers due to its compact form. It was identified about 1930 and is appropriate for gardeners in USDA zones 8 through 11. For northern gardeners, growing it in a pot on wheels and bringing it indoors for the winter is a viable option.
A cream and light green line runs across the leaves, while the fruit has a typical yellow peel that is streaked with vertical stripes of green at regular intervals. When you cut one of the fruits open, you’ll see a soft pink flesh that is pleasing to the sight. Because older fruits lose their striping, it is preferable to pick the fruit while it is still young.
How to Grow Pink Lemons with Variegated Leaves
Almost as though the variegated pink Eureka lemon tree is growing on its own! To begin, start with a rich, loose soil that drains well in a location that receives at least eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Trees are sold when they are two to three years old. In the event that you want to plant in a container, select one that is at least 16 inches (41 cm) wide to accommodate the plant.
The incorporation of tiny to medium-sized bark aids in the improvement of drainage. For in-ground plants, loosen the soil to a depth and breadth that is twice the depth and width of the plant’s root ball. Backfill with just enough loose earth to bring the plant up to the same level as the surrounding soil. With gentle pressure, loosen and put aside the plant’s roots, filling the hole with backfilling around them. There is water in the well. Keep the plant well-watered while it becomes acclimated.
Pink Lemon Tree with Variegated Leaves
Every year, you should prune the pink Eureka to keep it looking its best. Trim to keep five to six strong bearing branches on the tree in the first several years. Remove any tiny growth on the inside to allow for better air circulation. Remove any dead and unhealthy plant debris as soon as possible. Pests should be kept an eye out for, and suitable remedies should be used.
Feed the plant with a citrus-specific fertilizer in late winter to early spring, depending on the season. Water the plant once a week, or more often in severe heat.
Harvest fruits while they are stripy and acidic, or wait until the stripes have faded and you will be rewarded with a more mellow lemon. As an ornamental tree, this is a beautiful and versatile choice that will enhance both your landscape and the décor in your kitchen.
Growing Lemon Trees in Containers: Some Suggestions
While container lemon trees may not be the most practical choice for those who live in a colder region or have limited space, they are an excellent alternative for those who still wish to cultivate a lemon tree. Growing lemon trees in containers enables you to create a suitable climate in a limited amount of area and save money. Let us have a look at how to cultivate a lemon tree in a container.
How to grow a lemon tree in a container
When growing a lemon tree in a pot, there are a few considerations that must be taken into consideration. For starters, lemon trees grown in containers will not grow as large as lemon trees grown in the ground.It is still preferable to look for smaller lemon trees, since they are more easily maintained. The following are some lemon tree kinds that perform well in containers:
- Meyer’s improved dwarf Ponderosa dwarf Meyer’s improved dwarf Ponderosa dwarf
- When it comes to growing lemon trees in containers, the requirements are quite similar to those for growing lemon trees in soil. Make sure the container has drainage holes in it since the lemon trees will need adequate drainage.
- In addition, they will need constant and frequent watering. Lemon tree leaves will fall off if the container in which the lemon tree is grown is allowed to get too dry.
- In order to develop a healthy lemon tree in a pot, it is also necessary to use fertilizer. Make use of a delayed release fertilizer to ensure that the nutrients in your lemon tree are consistently available.
- Lemon trees grown in containers need high humidity as well. Place your lemon tree on a pebble tray or spray it regularly to keep it looking its best.
Lemon Trees in Containers Have a Number of Issues That Must Be Addressed
It doesn’t matter how carefully you take care of your container lemon tree; growing in a pot is more demanding on the plant than growing outside. You’ll want to keep an eye out for any issues that may arise with container-grown lemon trees since they are unique.
Lemon trees grown in containers are more vulnerable to sucker branches than those grown in the ground. Branching out from the plant’s scion or root stock are referred to as lateral branches. A hardy root is often used by nurseries in order to produce a more hardy tree, and the desired tree is grown on the hardy root. When a tree is under stress, the root stock will attempt to take over the whole tree. Remove any sucker branches that appear at the base of the lemon tree as soon as you see them growing.
Another problem with lemon trees grown in containers is that they are more susceptible to cold and drought than those grown in the ground.
Lemon trees planted in the ground will withstand moderate frost and cold, but lemon trees grown in containers will not. When grown in a container, a lemon tree has a hardiness zone that is one zone higher than the USDA recommended hardiness zone. If the lemon type you are growing normally has a hardiness zone of 7, the lemon tree in a container will have a hardiness zone of 8 since the container has a hardiness zone of 7.
In addition to the harm previously stated, letting your lemon tree dry out can do more damage if it is planted in a container rather than if it is grown in the ground.