How can I protect a Lemon tree over the B.C. winter?

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I have a Mayer lemon tree outside at the moment with 14 lemons on it. It is movable so I wondered how best to keep it alive over the B.C. winter. Thanks.

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  • You need to bring it in. It will perish in your winter. Will still need light and water, so best in a south or west facing window.

  • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Oct 19, 2018

    You could bring it inside for the winter, or up close to your outside wall to keep warm. Also, put mulch around the bottom of the tree to keep soil warm. You could purchase fabric cloth from home improvement store or even Walmart.com. I put a old sheet over mine to protect!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 20, 2018

    Where exactly in BC are you?

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 20, 2018

    OK, Thanks. Even though you are pretty well at sea level, because you are on a west coast, (and not an east coast such as Comox) you get more rain (or hail or snow) there than other coastal sections of BC. Weather can often change to half way across the Georgia Strait.


    So, my advice is on par with others who have said to take the plant in during the winter and keep it beside a window that gets the most sunlight. No promises, but hopefully it will survive the winter, and you won't have to make frozen lemonade as plan B.

    • Arlene Emery Grant Arlene Emery Grant on Oct 20, 2018

      Thanks for your suggestions, I will certainly give them a try. It actually died back to almost nothing a few years ago but at the moment is thriving. We are in a very special little micro area near Davis Bay and have very low rainfall compared to other areas of the coast. It is warmer and we rarely have snow . To be on the safe side (and I want the lemons!) I think I will bring it in the house. Thanks again.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 21, 2018

    You're welcome.

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