Eastern Shore Lemon Tree

Asked August 25, 2020, 6:40 PM EDT

Hello! Is this advisable to plant and grow lemon trees in the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland? If so, what type of Lemon tree would be most appropriate? Also, I would like to test the soil of my yard before planting a garden. Where can I get soil tested? Thank you! Jen

Worcester County Maryland

1 Response

Hello Jen,

Citrus are not reliably hardy in our area, so if you want to grow a lemon tree, you'll have to grow it in a container that you can lug inside during winter (around October to May for central Maryland, so perhaps a few weeks earlier and later, respectively, for your area). While type may not matter much, we find that Meyer Lemons seem to be the most commonly available at area nurseries. Here is a page giving general citrus-growing advice and troubleshooting info. for our area: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/growing-dwarf-citrus

Here is our page on soil testing, which includes a link to area labs offering the service: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/soil-testing. Finding out which labs offer sodium [Na] testing (probably at an additional but minor cost) may be beneficial given your location on the Bay. Now is a good time to have testing done so you are ready for the fall (or spring) planting seasons, although some fall vegetable direct-sowing has already begun.