Citrus

Lemon caviar: an exceptional fruit


Lemon caviar is a variety of thorny lemon tree offering delicious lemons, highly prized by top chefs.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Microcitrus australasica
Height : 1 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Well drained

Foliage : Persistent

Flowering : March to July -Harvest : November to March

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Planting lemon caviar

You can only plant caviar lemon in the ground in areas with mild winters because it cannot withstand negative temperatures and severe frosts should be fatal.

  • It needs full sun to produce lemons.
  • Lemon caviar likes well-drained soils
  • This citrus fruit fears the proximity of plants with developed root systems.

In regions with cold winters, prefer a cultivation of lemon caviar in pots.

Lemon caviar in jar

Lemon caviar in a jar cannot draw from the soil nutritional elements which he needs.

So it is from the pot and the soil that you are going to bring him that he will draw his reserves and his food.

Repotting therefore has a capital importance.

  • It is carried out in springevery 2 to 3 years.
  • Choose a quality soil special citrus or plantation.
  • Make sure the bottom of the pot is well drilled
  • Place a bed of small pebbles or clay balls at the bottom of the pot to ensure excellent drainage.

Lemon caviar in winter

If container culture is perfectly suited for lemon caviar, it is also because it allows the lemon tree to be placed in a a bright place where it does not freeze in winter.

Lemon caviar is not a houseplant and therefore will not be able to stand in a heated room all year round, it needs some freshness from October to May.

It is therefore important to place it in an unheated greenhouse, for example, where the temperature does not drop below 0 °.

  • If you want a citrus fruit that tolerates indoor cultivation well, choose the calamondin.

Caring for lemon caviar

When lemon caviar size it is important to protect your hands with gloves because its thorns are very sharp.

The twigs are pruned each year to allow the fruits to benefit from the maximum sap.

The twigs are cut so as to give a homogeneous shape to the lemon caviar.

  • Cut each new shoot by about half, making sure to cut just above a leaf.
  • This will also allow your lemon tree to keep a nice compact shape.
  • You may have to intervene several times during the year.

Remove the dead wood as you go, and optionally ventilate the inside of the lemon caviar to give it back light.

Watering the lemon caviar:

In pots, caviar lemon dries out much faster than if it were in the ground, so it is imperative to water regularly.

In summer, frequent watering is necessary while in winter, the number of waterings should be reduced.

  • It is necessary to water as soon as the soil is dry, without flooding the pot.
  • Avoid any heat source such as near a radiator, as this can dry out your tree.

In times of growth, addspecial citrus fertilizer every 15 days or so to improve fruiting.

Possible diseases of lemon caviar:

Lemon caviar is pretty much susceptible to the same diseases and pests as all the others lemon trees.

Moniliosis : lemons rot on lemon caviar
Cochineal : a whitish cluster invades the foliage
Aphids : The leaves curl and eventually fall

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Harvest of caviar lemons:

The harvest usually takes place from November to March.

So it's up tofrost free and maintaining a land slightly damp that you will best bring the lemons to maturity.

All you need to know about lemon caviar

Lemon-Caviar is a fruit as exceptional as it is expensive since its price can reach over 300 euros per kilo. In other words, knowing how to cultivate it can become very interesting financially ...

The juice is enclosed in small pearl-like capsules that burst in the mouth, giving way to an explosion of citrus, lemon and grapefruit notes.

Smart tip

Pick the lemons as soon as they easily come off the branch.

Video: Finger lime - vegetarian caviar - microcitrus australisica (October 2020).