We live on a farm in the remote region of Extremadura in Spain. We live a simple life amidst country folk but courtesy of the amazing invention of the internet we are connected to the entire world!
Friday, 14 January 2011
Lemon Tree Oh So Pretty
This is my lemon tree that I was given as a birthday present from my daughter and son in law in Spain.
It arrived with five very green lemons on it. I have watered and watched, and at last, I think two of the lemons are about ready for eating.
They are definitely yellowing and are not so green as they were....
...but are they lemon enough to pick?
The information that came with the tree said that for lemon trees in captivity there was no set time for harvesting the fruit. The blossom, unripe fruit and ripe ones all can appear on the tree at the same time.
But what's this? It's losing more leaves than I would consider normal... Oh no. A quick read of the book says that it is either over-watering, under-watering or a draught. So I moved it's position further into the room so that it would be slightly warmer. Mmmm perhaps I did water it a bit much. Well hopefully we won't have to worry about this sort of thing when we have lemons and oranges outside our back door in Portugal (oh such dreams...) but back to my dilemma! to pick or not to pick? And once picked, what do I do with them? There are only two so not a big enough harvest to do much more than one lemon meringue pie perhaps... or several gin and tonics (but is that a waste?) Sigh... it's not easy this farming lark.