Santa Teresa Femminello Lemon Bush

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    The Santa Teresa lemon tree is a highly productive variety which grows medium sized lemons with a high acid content. 
  • Feminello selections account for nearly 75% of the Italian lemon crop each year, and Santa Teresa is considered the best of them all. 
  • The flesh of a Santa Teresa lemon is rich in lemon sour flavor but has a hint of sweetness.
  • Santa Teresa is a great lemon for making Limoncello.
  • The Santa Teresa lemon has a medium-thick rind that is full of oils that release an intense citrus aroma. 
  • Fruit contains seeds.
  • Self-fertile
  • Grown from rooted cuttings.
  • Best for Zones 8-11/ Protect below 32 F
  • For Zones 4-7, you can grow this tree in a pot and bring it indoors for the winter.
  • Height at maturity: 8-10' in the ground/ 4'-8' in pots
  • By law, we cannot ship citrus trees to Alabama, Texas, Arizona or Florida.


Read: The Differences Between Rooted Cuttings and Grafted Citrus Trees
Lee nuestra guía aquí : Guia de cultivo para citricos 


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SAVE ON SHIPPING:  We can now ship potted fruit trees in MULTIPACK BOXES. Order as a 3-pack or 6-pack to save on the cost of shipping!  This includes ALL PRIMO and ENTRY sized citrus, olive, fig and avocado trees as well as grape and passion vines. 


  • SAVE ON SHIPPING:  We can now ship potted fruit trees in MULTIPACK BOXES. Order as a 3-pack or 6-pack to save on the cost of shipping!  This includes ALL PRIMO and ENTRY sized citrus, olive, fig and avocado trees as well as grape and passion vines. 
  • Due to agricultural restrictions, we cannot ship citrus trees to Alabama, Texas, Arizona, or Florida.   We can ship all other non-tree items to these states.
  •  We do not ship any items to the US Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico or to API/APO addresses, or to other countries at this time.
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  • Entry Size Trees are 1-2 years old and 12"-24" tall. Entry size trees are shipped in a 4" x 9.5" nursery tree pot. Entry size trees are best re-potted into a 10" to 12" decorative container within a month of delivery. The Entry size will need a season or two of growth to become productive.

How to Grow

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Sunlight & Location

After your two-week Acclimation Period, you are ready to plant your citrus tree in its final location. Choose a spot that gets at least 8 hours of sunlight per day.

This space should be a sunny, frost, and wind-free location with southern exposure for best results. If in doubt about the location, leave the tree in its plastic container and place it in the spot you have in mind. Water as needed, and after a week or two, you should be able to tell whether it's happy or not.

Citrus trees are sensitive to temperatures below freezing and will need to be protected to maintain tree health. If you are unable to provide adequate protection outside, consider growing your tree indoors by a sunny window. Indoor growers will need to be mindful of their heat vents as these can damage your tree roots if they are right next to the vent.

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In containers, choose a starter pot that is 10-14", or 3-5 gallons in size. It should have excellent drainage. If your pot does not have enough holes, consider drilling more.

Your potting mix should be chunky and also have excellent drainage. We recommend our Primo Potting Mix for potted citrus trees.

In the ground, choose a spot with adequate drainage. It is important to prepare the area with looser soil so that the young roots can move and grow easily. The total area should be at least three times the diameter of the pot and dug as deep as you can.

To plant your tree, dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the rootball. Backfill your hole, ensuring that the tree stays straight and secure in the ground. Fill up with soil to the crown of the roots, but be careful not to bury it. Water deeply and thorougly after planting.

For root protection from gophers, use Root Guard Gopher Baskets

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How often to water will vary on the environment and depends on soil porosity, tree size, and temperature. Allowing the top of the soil to dry out between watering is recommended. A simple moisture meter, available at garden supply stores, can be used to determine moisture down to about a 9” depth. Generally, when the meter indicates a root moisture level of about 50%, (center of the dial) it is time to water. Always store your moisture meter dry between uses to keep it functioning properly.

A wilted tree that perks up within 24 hours after watering indicates the roots got too dry. Adjust the watering schedule accordingly. A tree with yellow or cupped leaves or leaves that don't look perky after watering can indicate excessive watering and soggy roots. In that case, water less frequently.

Citrus trees prefer less frequent, deep watering to frequent, shallow sprinklings. Creating a watering basin around the drip line of the tree can aid in deep watering. As the tree grows, be sure to expand the basin as needed to keep it as wide as the spread of the branches. Deeper watering promotes deeper root growth and strengthens your tree. Generally, once-aweek watering works well for in-ground or container plantings. Be sure to adjust based on weather conditions. In general, it is best to water in the morning, but if plants are dry or wilted it is better to water them immediately, rather than wait until morning.

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When it comes to fertilizing, feed the tree with a balanced fertilizer monthly during the spring, summer and early fall months. These are considered the growing months. Apply it according to the manufacturer's instructions. We recommend Romeo Fertilizer and G&B Organics Citrus & Fruit Tree Fertilizer

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In the early spring, prune the tree to maintain a desirable shape and remove dead or diseased branches.