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Genoa (Italian) Lemon Tree

Citrus x limon 'Genova'

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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 20℉)

Growing Zones 8-11 outdoors
4-11 patio
8-11 outdoors

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Mature Height:

8-12 ft.

Mature Width:

4-6 ft.



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Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Botanical Name:

Citrus x limon 'Genova'

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The Classic Lemon Tree, with a Twist

No Matter Your Climate, the Genoa Lemon Tree will Bear Fruit. Do you live in a chilly climate, but dream of the Tuscan sun? The cold-hardy Genoa Lemon Tree is the ideal choice to fulfill your Mediterranean fantasies. This tree is able to withstand cooler climates than other Italian Lemon Trees.

Look for its signature white blossoms in Spring, a sign a new crop of lemons is right around the corner! 

Easily Harvest your Lemons and Enjoy. This lemon tree is a showstopper whether potted in a container on your deck, in your kitchen, or planted in your yard. Green foliage frames the bright golden yellow fruit and white blossoms . Genoa Lemon Trees are shrub-like and grow wide, making it a breeze to pluck a lemon from its branches, whenever the mood strikes you. Just allow the fruit to ripen on the vine before picking.

Relax Under Your Lemon Tree. Growing to around 12 feet when planted in the ground, the robust Genoa Lemon Tree casts a good deal of shade. With its wide growth and big, beautiful leaves, it looks great in every yard.

Picture sitting in the shade of your lemon tree, sipping homemade lemonade...or a martini with a twist...on a warm summer night, inhaling the delightful scent of your lemon tree.

A Wonderful, Healthy Addition to your Home and Kitchen. What a dream to cook with lemons from your very own tree! Lemons are the most versatile fruit when it comes to cooking, perfect in both sweet and savory dishes. Genoa lemons are large and easy to juice.

High in vitamins A, C, and E, the lemons have a thick peel, which yields a good deal of oil. For something extra special, homemade lemon essential oil can be used for all kinds of things, such as cleansing your face, or use as a fresh scented household cleaner.

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Genoa (Italian) Lemon Tree Pollination

Genoa (Italian) Lemon Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Genoa (Italian) Lemon Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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So far great!
I transplanted to a new pot and kept it in the window. Lots of new growth! I moved it outside to enjoy the summer and will bring it in for the winter.
May 13, 2017
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Genoa (Italian) Lemon Tree

Genoa (Italian) Lemon Tree Planting Diretions

Location:  Choose a sunny location to plant the Genoa lemon tree. Although the tree will survive and grow in partial shade, it will not produce as many fruits as a tree grown in full sun. Lemon trees tend to be less cold-hardy than other citrus varieties, so ideally you should plant the Genoa lemon tree on the south side of a home or structure. Planting the tree close to a building helps provide the tree with additional frost protection.

Planting Instructions:  Plant the Genoa lemon tree in a location with well-draining soil. The tree will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but it prefers slightly acidic soil. 

When planting a lemon tree, always plant the tree slightly higher than ground level. Dig the hole a little shallower than the length of the tree’s root ball. Place the rootball into the hole and firmly tamp the soil down around the tree’s root system. Add a two to three-inch layer of mulch across the soil’s surface after planting to help keep the tree evenly moist while it establishes its root system.

Container Growth:  The Genoa lemon tree will thrive in a container, which makes it an ideal tree choice for a patio or balcony garden. The container should be approximately 25 percent larger than the tree’s root ball. A clay pot is ideal because the sides breath, unlike plastic. Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of the pot to keep the tree’s roots from becoming waterlogged.  Once planted, the lemon tree should not require repotting for at least two to three years. Place the potted Genoa lemon tree in a location where it will receive seven to eight hours of sunlight per day. Water the tree when the first two inches of soil feels dry to the touch. Remember, a tree grown in a pot requires more frequent watering during a hot spell than a tree grown in the ground. Fertilize the potted lemon tree with a general purpose citrus fertilizer. Follow the directions on the fertilizer for application times and rates.

Watering:  Water the lemon tree deeply once a week. During the first year, the soil should be kept evenly moist. Once the tree has established a sufficient root system, it can tolerate occasional drought. Established Genoa lemon trees prefer to be watered deeply at least once every ten days.

Fertilization:  Feed the lemon tree a high nitrogen fertilizer that is manufactured for citrus trees. Apply the fertilizer every four weeks from winter through spring. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for application rates. During the summer and fall months, the tree will benefit from an application of fertilizer every six weeks. Applying a two or three-inch layer of organic material beneath the tree every month also helps naturally provide nutrients for the tree to maintain healthy growth.

Pests and Diseases: A systemic insecticide helps protect the Genoa lemon tree from pests. Follows the insecticide instructions for application ratios. Often a black or gray powdery substance will appear on the tree’s leaves and stems. The powdery substance is normally a form of mildew that is often made worse by insects. If mildew should appear on the tree’s leaves, fruit or branches, a general purpose fungicide will normally cure the problem. When applying the fungicide, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Pruning:  Lemon trees need to be pruned once every one or two years. The tree can be pruned at any time of the year, but ideally, you should prune right after harvesting to give the tree ample time to recuperate before producing a new crop. Lemon trees require a great deal of sunlight, so prune away areas of dense growth to allow light to flow through the tree’s branches and foliage. Cut the branch about an inch away from the tree’s trunk at an angle that is directed away from the tree. Do not prune more than one-third of the tree’s branches. The tree needs to always have at least three to five main branches to produce adequate fruit. Always remove all weak or damaged branches.

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Why did you choose this? Store
thought it would be an asset to my others
barbara b on Feb 23, 2018
RICHARD L on May 16, 2017
thought it would be an asset to my others
barbara b on Feb 23, 2018
Wendy P on Feb 9, 2018
RICHARD L on May 16, 2017
I like small tree.
Daxa P on Apr 16, 2017
It's Italian!
Joan C on Apr 14, 2017
Wendy P on Feb 9, 2018
I like small tree.
Daxa P on Apr 16, 2017
What are the differences between this and the meyer lemon trees ?
Marcia M on Apr 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Meyer Lemon is something of a cross between an ordinary lemon and an orange. The thin-skinned fruit is sweet.

Genoa variety has similar characteristics to Eureka. In regions of Chile and Argentina where it is grown commercially it is appreciated for its vigorous growth,cold resistance. This variety’s fruit has a very bright, golden yellow color; a peel rich in essential oil; holds a great deal of juice in the pulp; and a fresh, sweet scent.
Why do the Genoa lemons not ship to SC?
Elisa S on Apr 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, State Department of Agricultural has agricultural laws put into place that prevents us from legally shipping this tree into the state. This is not our decision, but something we must follow.
Are they good as container plants?
Phyllis M on Apr 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes i have orange and lemon container plants
can we grow these indoors potted in a sunroom?
Julie B on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can grow them indoors provided they get sufficient amount of sunlight.

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