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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on February 7, 2011 at 12:01pm
When growing up, we lived in Reno, Nevada. Anyone who has lived on the east face of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 6,000' elevation, you know it gets cold in the winters. My mother decided she wanted a special plant in the house to remember her gardens during the winter months, so planted a seed from a fruit orange. She had that poor tree for decades in an 18" round pot. It was moved from a house in town, to the ranch, north to Idaho. It finally passed when we think it became too cold, or it simply ran out of life. I was about 8 years old when we planted the seed, and 34 when it died. Oh the poor lemon... as the song goes.
Comment by Sharon Robinson (Z4, ND, USA) on February 7, 2011 at 11:49am

Charlie - I sort of figured that, but was hoping for the best.  Thank you for that response, the way it was worded had both my husband and I laughing. Started our day off.  Maybe one day, I'll have my greenhouse, and my lemon tree.

Comment by Kimberly White, Lombard, IL,Zn 5 on February 7, 2011 at 9:58am
That would be so cool to see a citrus grove covered in Christmas lights.
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on February 7, 2011 at 9:52am
Karen - we get several frosts a year here in July/August (our winter) in Australia and I grow citrus - lemons, limes etc and they seem to survive okay - I don't cover them as I have never really given it a thought. I like the idea of the christmas tree lights on the trees though - would solar powered ones work just as well as I won a set of garden ones recently that have been hanging along the fence of the chicken run. (Cherub angel things!!)
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on February 7, 2011 at 9:39am
In my "banana belt" area of So. Coastal Oregon, we can grow a lemon tree and even oranges, BUT  they won't be as sweet as in warmer areas and we must protect them in the winter of nearly freezing temps at night.  It is suggested to put Christmas tree lights on the trees and also have row cover material handy to cover them on nights that will have a hard frost.  I think not in any of the Dakotas unless they are in under cover in a heated greenhouse.
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on February 7, 2011 at 9:25am
Agree, Michelle.
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on February 7, 2011 at 7:50am

Sharon,  I don't think there is a prayer for a lemon tree in ND. But I'll let Deborah answer too.

Deborah, I'm sure a Meyer in AZ or S.TX would grow bigger and mine is still young.  I've got it in about a 15 gal. container and am able to move it carefully with a dolly.  I've only got to do it twice a year. So far, so good.  Thanks for the info on the Ponderosa.  Think I'll pass. 

 

Comment by Sharon Robinson (Z4, ND, USA) on February 6, 2011 at 9:24pm
@ Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona), can you tell me more about the Ponderosa Lemon Tree?  My husband loves lemonaide, and would be interested to know if they are cold resistant at all.  I know that most citrus aren't, but could these survive a North Dakota winter if they are placed among other trees where they are protected from the wind? We do get down to 45 below zero in a really cold year.
Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on February 6, 2011 at 8:53pm
Charlie- The Ponderosa lemon tree is a full sized tree, not something I would consider moving anywhere. I too have a myer lemon, too. I am amazed that you have it in a container and able to move it in and out. The myer lemons here seem much bigger than that.
Comment by Kimberly White, Lombard, IL,Zn 5 on February 6, 2011 at 11:58am
I am always amazed by the Agave plant.  Tequilla, paper, syrup, sisal, fabric, comes with its' own needle and thread, are just some of its' qualities.  It is an incredible plant.
 

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