My little lemon tree came in a 10″ black plastic pot with drainage holes on the bottom and sides. Currently it’s sitting on top of a baking tray because that’s the only thing I have at home to hold any water that may seep out. Not too pretty…so comes project Terra Cotta pot!
Found a 12″ terra cotta pot from Ikea on sale for $3.99. what a deal! I decided that I would seal it, paint it, glaze it and voila – as good as any other $30 dollar pots.
Step 1 – grab a 40% off coupon from Michael’s and get a sealer and paint. Decided on a bright yellow and plain white paint colour. Bought mod podge sealer.
Step 2 – tape up paint areas – paint away – 3 coats seems to do the trick
sooo…about a week after Nick gave me the cute little lemon tree, we went away on a little holiday to Banff, Alberta. Immediately I was worried – what’s going to happen to my lemon tree ? I tried to macgyver an auto water dispenser from a water bottle – but the trial went badly as the water pushed through the pin holes too quickly and was drained completely into the soil within a day – I was hoping that it would slowly dispense over the course of a week.
So I was left without any option other than hope and pray that the little tree will live from neglect of 7 days. The day we left, the tree was in full bloom – about 10 or so white flowers had blossomed – it was beautiful. I counted about 6 or so little pea size green lemons growing. It was in perfect health.
….7 days later….
I came home – first thing I did was to hold my breath and check the tree. The flowers had all dried up and there were tons of leaves on the floor!!! *cry*
Over the course of the next few days – the plant continued to shed its leaves – every bit of movement means more leaves would fall.
sigh. green thumbs has evolved to black thumbs and it only took about 2 weeks.
I have put it by the window with lots of sunlight but not directly against it as I think it’s too cold.
Let’s see if it will come back to me over the next little while.
All I want for Christmas is…..a lemon tree!
and Nick delivered! ho ho ho!
About a week before Christmas, I came home and there it was! It is beautiful – about 3 ft high. 2 ft wide. with 5 little pea sized green lemon stub, and 5 white flower bulbs ready to bloom. It has a light fragrant smell that is not overwhelming.
My new house project is to keep this little guy alive. It didn’t occur to me when i asked for a lemon tree for Christmas that I don’t exactly have a green thumb. In fact – most of plants that I owned has died. Including one cactus, numerous African violets, and several bamboos.
so this will certainly be interesting…wish me luck!