I’m very excited about my first Ponderosa Lemon harvest! The fruit has taken its sweet (or sour!) time to ripen, but they’re finally ready! So, I thought I’d share a bit about them.
The Ponderosa Lemon is a very interesting specimen with very large, bumpy skinned, juicy, seedy fruit usually weighing 2-4 pounds. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Five Pound Lemon'. The flowers are intensely fragrant and produce loads of these huge lemons. The tree is self-fertile and always a real conversation piece.
The flavor is typical lemon-like. They are grown primarily for their curious size and shape, but also make excellent juice and are great for cooking. The tree is small (to 10 feet) and fairly thorny while fruits can reach the size of a football!
Caring for the Ponderosa is fairly easy. It requires good drainage, regular balanced feeding (reacts well to organic matter mixed into the soil on a regular basis), plenty of water (but allow to drain well), lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. I haven't had many issues with pests...I spray off aphids and promote natural pest control. The Ponderosa also requires little to no pruning...it's natural shape is very attractive and upright. I understand these trees do quite well indoors in northern areas, still producing tasty fruit and an interesting focal point.
The Ponderosa began as a chance seedling in 1886. It was first propagated under the name "American Wonder Lemon" and is thought to be a natural cross between another type of citrus and a lemon, possibly Citron. The Ponderosa Lemon tree is frequently found throughout Florida, Texas and California.
Ponderosa Lemons, Lemons, Citrus, Tropicals