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With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity to start growing and cultivating your very own lemon trees. Here are some of the top ways you can flex your green thumb and start growing a lemon tree in your backyard garden.

Start inside

The Pacific Northwest isn't known for its hot climate, but that doesn't mean you can't start a small lemon orchard in your home. Keep in mind that lemons thrive in particularly sunny, warm environments. As such, you have to temper the cool Pacific breeze with a little indoor ingenuity.

Start with a seedling pot around 24 inches in diameter at about 12 inches deep. This is a key first step to giving your lemon tree the best shot at success. Lemons are known to like acidic soils, but many are able to thrive in a variety of soil types, especially when you use the proper fertilizer. To get the best options for your lemon tree, contact local garden centers with experience in growing citrus fruits.

Plant your seed in moist soil and be sure to station your pot in a location with plenty of sunlight or fluorescent glow lights to deliver the full sunlight. Lemon trees need at least eight hours of direct sunlight each day to thrive.

With the proper maintenance and care, even one indoor lemon tree can produce more fruit than you'd ever need. It's no wonder the average consumer will spend $141.06 on gardening and lawn care. Just be sure to grow your lemon tree in a portable planting pot so you can easily move it back indoors should a particularly cold day come around.

But be sure to move it outside

Lemon trees typically grow to be three or five feet in height when they're grown indoors. However, you won't get any blooming lemon trees if you keep them inside all day. This is because your tree needs to interact with bugs, bees, and other pollinators in order to propagate the plant. Even if you keep your lemon tree in a toasty greenhouse for safekeeping, it needs to be moved into your backyard garden on occasion for pollination.

Above all else, remember that lemon trees hate the cold. A mere two hours spent in temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit could spell disaster for the health of your plant. As your plant grows, however, be sure to move the plant into larger pots so the roots have plenty of room to grow.

Even though a chill still graces the air, there's no reason that you can't start a lemon yard garden in your own home. Whether you're in the Pacific Northwest or the tropics, try these tips out when you want to enjoy the benefits of a lemon tree.