I normally would have started bringing my houseplants back inside by now, it is September after all, but we’re getting a warm spell this week so my plants get to enjoy the natural sunshine for a bit longer. I did start preparing them for their trip inside though, and for my lemon that means a major pruning, partly for the health of the plant but mainly so I can fit it through the back door.
I think I might have pruned it a little too much. It doesn’t look too bad right now…
… but then there’s this. I think I removed more than half the leaves.
To be fair, it really needed it. It was so bushy that there would have been no airflow in and around the leaves, a recipe for a sick plant down the road. Plus it was lopsided and nowhere near tree-shaped. I’m sure it will spring back, and hopefully it won’t take too long doing so.
In the meantime I was able to pick eight (yes, 8!) yummy lemons. I know they look like limes, but they’re the size of lemons, they smell like lemons, and they taste like lemons, so I’m calling them lemons.
I’ve already made a strawberry lemon cake (using strawberries from my garden), and lemon squares will soon follow.