So imagine my surprise when we just happened upon one at the garden store this April, when we weren't even looking for it. And for $24.99, no less.
As the radio show was several years ago, I'd forgotten all but the overall message of "I can grow lemons!" So we asked the guy at the garden store, who I will paraphrase... but essentially, in cold weather you just need to keep it indoors where it will get as much sunlight as possible (we have an enclosed porch on the front of our house that is perfect for this. Even though it is not heated, the sun keeps it fairly warm in the winter). When the weather starts to get warm, treat the plant "like you would if you were in Florida" (???) - gradually exposing it to a few hours of outdoor warmth each day, until summer really arrives and then it can stay outside.
Lemon trees do not need a ton of water, but you do need to make sure the soil does not get dry (conversely, you also never want them to have "wet feet," which is just as bad). When it was inside this spring, I watered the tree every few days. Now that it is outside and we are practically having a drought, I water it more often.
Every two weeks, I apply "Mir-Acid" fertilizer to the plant, per the advice of the garden center guy (it comes in a powder that you mix with water and just pour in the soil).
That's about it - and it is growing!
Right now the plant is not even 2 feet tall, and there are all kinds of baby lemons! (they are about the size of lima beans right now).
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Also - when this plant flowers, it smells amazing. A very nice addition to our collection!