Lemon


Lemon

Plant and its origin

The lemon is one species of small evergreen tree that grows natively in Asia.

The origin of the lemon is unknown, although it is widely believed to have come from north-western India.

They were first introduced to Europe in Italy during the time of the Roman Empire in the first century AD.

Planting and caring

Growing a lemon isn’t as difficult as you might think; you just need to provide for its basic needs.

The best moment to plant them is in spring, after all danger of frost has passed.

The first hurdle is choosing somewhere that has a good exposure to sunlight, free-draining and where the soil is acidic.

While digging the hole, keep in mind that Lemon trees should be planted a little higher than the ground and it needs a large enough hole to accommodate the plant's root ball.

Caring for your plant is not that difficult, just remember to water your tree 1 to 3 times per week depending on the environment.

If you want to grow your lemon tree indoors, it is possible but you have to pay attention to some details. For instance, you will certainly need to have fluorescent grow lights during winter in order to provide it with all the lighting that it needs. Lemon trees are very hungry plants because they need so many nutrients to bear fruit.  We suggest using Baby Bio® Citrus for the best results, a well-balanced feed designed for citrus plants. And finally, placing it outdoors during summer time will increase its chances of producing fruits, through pollination by beneficial insects.

Harvest

Lemons can be harvested when their color turns yellow or yellow/green.

Disease

Here is a list of diseases that can affect lemons:

-Sooty mold
-Root Rot
-Citrus canker
-Citrus greening
-Young Tree Decline
-Asian citrus leaf miner
-Citrus tristeza

Did you know?

Lemon can be used for shining shoes or cleaning metal.Melon

Plant and its origin

Melons are part of the Cucurbitaceae family.

They originated in Africa and Southeast Asia.  They began to appear in Europe by the end of the Roman Empire.

How to plant and Care

The melon does not need that much attention. Just make sure you aerate and pull-up the weeds from the soil, water it in a normal way but make sure you increase the watering when the weather starts to get warmer.

Harvest/storage

Here are a few tips you got to know if you want to harvest your melons at the right moment:

-The melon is perfumed and heavy
-The peduncle is surrounded by circles
-The opposite side of the peduncle is soft

Concerning the storage, melons can be stored for a few days in a cool, dry place after thay have been harvested.

Disease and insects

The main disease is powdery mildew, however a few other diseases and insects can affect the crop such as slugs, anthracnose or aphids.

Did you know?

Melons were among the earliest plants to be domesticated in both the Old and New worlds.