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Limoneira lemon

Citrus limon 'Limoneira'

Suurlemoen 'Limoneira'(Afr.)

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Limoneira is a selection of Lisbon, developed in California. The selection was released in South Africa around 1998 and is now one of the most popular lemons in SA. It has good production, medium fruit size and high oil content. It has protracted flowering. It blooms 4-6 times more than the Eureka, making it more productive and has a lower seed content. The fruit reaches its most optimal ripeness level from Autumn to Winter. It is also less thorny than the Lisbon.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Fruit is harvested as it ripens, optimal ripening time is from autumn to mid-winter.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds as soon as ripe in moist soil and keep warm.
Cuttings
Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer, root with rooting hormone, bottom heat and overhead misting. Graft during Spring while actively growing on seedling or another rootstock.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like bees
Pot plant
Can be grown in containers. Place in a sunny position and provide good drainage.
Hedge plant
Effective evergreen hedge screen.
Attractive flowers
Fragrant white flowers
Attractive leaves
Evergreen glossy leaves
Attractive fruits
Sunny yellow fruit

Geography

Origin
America, Selected in California.
Natural climate
Subtropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Lemons neutralise acidic body fluids - start your day with a slice of lemon in a cup of boiling water.
Edible
Leaves flavour traditional bobotie dishes; fruit is delicious sliced in drinks or use the juice as a meat tenderiser or to flavour dishes.

Personality

Family
Rutaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Susceptible to sunburn and wind blemish.

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