In India, in terms of area under cultivation, citrus is the third largest fruit industry after Banana and Mango. When you grow a lemon tree in a pot, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, container lemon trees will not get as large as lemon tree grown in the ground. When growing lemon trees in containers, the needs are very similar to lemon trees growing in the ground. The lemon trees will need good drainage, so make sure the pot has drainage holes. Tending a small lemon tree in your home can be a delightful aromatic experience. While the thought of growing a tree inside a house or apartment may seem daunting to beginners, it is not as difficult as it may sound.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMON (NIMBU)
- Its antiviral property provides relief from the viral problems like infection of nose and throat, cough, cold and etc.
- The mixture of garlic, onions and lemon is very effective against hypertension. Boil 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1 chopped onion with skimmed or low fat or soy milk. Add it with 3 fresh lemon juice and sip all through the day.
- It helps in maintaining the blood cholesterol level because of its pectin power and other nutrients boosting the metabolism and circulation.
- Nimbu enhances the stomach acid production as well as stimulates the stomach muscles, if taken (1 fresh lemon juice in lukewarm water) after every meal.
- It has high level of pectin fibers which acts as a powerful antibacterial and helps in maintaining the colon health by killing bad intestinal worms.
- It is a very good remedy which balances the body pH level as well as aids to the digestion by encouraging the bile production.
- It prevents from the infections by preventing the growth and multiplication of disease causing pathogenic bacteria.
- Lemon also helps in dissolving the uric acid thus help to reduce the knee joint pain and inflammations.
- Its potassium content provides nourishment to the brain and nerve cells.
- It dissolves out the stones from the gall bladder and kidney including other calcium deposits from the body which harms the body health.
- It helps in maintaining the eye health by easily fighting with eye problems.
- It plays a great role in enhancing the iron absorption which strengthens the immune function of the body.
- Its saponins content acts as an antimicrobial agent who fights with the cold and flu.
- Vitamin C component of the lemon acts as good antioxidant which fights with the ageing by removing the wrinkles and damaging the free radicals.
- Nimbu helps in hydrating the body Lymph System and replacing the lost body fluids.
- Its antiseptic property provides relief from sun burn and bee stings.
- Its diuretic property helps in treating the rheumatism and arthritis by flushing out the bacteria and toxins from body.
- It helps in treating the scurvy (a disease caused due to lack of vitamin C) if taken 1 or 2 ounces lemon juice by mixing with water twice or thrice a day.
Planting and care
Citrus trees need a warm or mild climate zone. As long as frosts are not severe citrus trees will tolerate cool conditions. In cold zones grow only container versions, so when temperatures really plummet, bring them inside a greenhouse or enclosed porch.
Citrus need full sun, so place them in the sunniest part of your garden or balcony. Pots must have drainage holes in their base and be elevated slightly off the ground. Water potted citrus two to three times a week, and possibly daily in very hot weather. Apply citrus food in small amounts monthly from August to mid autumn.
Caring for Nimboo
- Citrus trees need a warm or mild climate zone. As long as frosts are not severe citrus trees will tolerate cool conditions.
- In cold zones grow only container versions, so when temperatures really plummet, bring them inside a greenhouse or enclosed porch.
- Citrus need full sun, so place them in the sunniest part of your garden or balcony.
- Pots must have drainage holes in their base and be elevated slightly off the ground.
- Water potted citrus two to three times a week, and possibly daily in very hot weather.
- Apply citrus food in small amounts monthly from August to mid autumn.