When life gives you lemons . . .

. . . be patient and wait until they ripen; they’ll taste better that way.

I bet you didn’t know you could grow lemons and limes in Missouri! We’ve watched these guys growing all summer, and they’re getting oh so close.  After they put on size, they were strangely light weight, similar to the fake lemon that my mom uses as a practical joke.  Now they’re putting on weight and starting to lighten to yellow.

We’re also growing key limes!  This tree didn’t set fruit for a long time, which had us worried, but now it’s going strong.

I sense a key lime pie in my future.  The best part?  We can zest our lemons and limes and enjoy our culinary creations knowing that we won’t be consuming “food-grade” wax.


  1. Stacey says:

    Holy moly! No, I didn’t know you could grow lemon and lime in Missouri. It looks like your plants are outside. Is that true? Or do you have to keep them indoors most of the year. How long did it take the plant to produce fruit? I would love to have fresh lemons.

    1. Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

      They are outside during the months when there is no danger of frost (March-October — we keep an eye on the forecast), and inside during the winter months. If they were inside all the time, they would not produce fruit, at least not with the limited sun we get in our current apartment. We got these two plants in May, and after a couple of false alarms, where they flowered, but didn’t set any fruit, I would say these set sometime in July and we harvested them in December. The plants are flowering again (very fragrant), but we’re not expecting much until we can get them outside again. It’s not like we get enough to go around making fresh-squeezed lemonade all the time, but it is fun 🙂

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