That's right I said Lemon Tree, we now have a bona fide, certified, genuine Meyer Lemon tree in our kitchen. I have been dying for a Lemon Tree forever. I know that sounds like a weird thing to long for, but I can pin point the exact moment I started my love affair with lemon trees. It was grade 7 and the movie Clueless had just come out, and Alicia Silverstone's character was making tea and reached out of the window and grabbed a lemon right off the tree growing beneath.
Now, since we live in Canada a real, grow in your backyard, planted in the ground Lemon Tree was pretty much out of the question, so on the back burner it went, until last weekend, when the little yellow thought came screaming back into my brain, during a quick trip to the garden center to buy orchid fertilizer. There they were, Meyer Lemon Topiary's. Lee saw the excitement in my face and quickly snatched up the little green fella while I went to find an associate to answer some questions (tip: use the garden center employee's, some of them are fountains of plant knowledge). Turns out our kitchen is the perfect spot for Larry (that's our lemon tree's name, Larry the Lemon Tree) anyways. . . . . we have a west facing window with lots of light, and because it's near the sink and dishwasher (although far enough away from the DW that the heat won't reach it) made it the perfect location.
Here's what you need to know if you want a lemon tree too:
They need a good deal of light (think west or south facing)
They like it outside in the summer but take them in at night.
They like to eat orchid food (it must be fate because we went in there looking for orchid fertilizer)
They like it humid, so misting and a pebble tray are necessities.
What more could I ask for, he purifies the air, provides us with food, and looks amazing, if he were a man Lee would be in a run for his money! haha (just kidding Lee does all that. . . . . minus the air purification)