Indoor lemon tree.

A few weeks ago, I was having the ‘no good very bad day’.  The worst one I’d had in a very, very long time.  To get revenge on the day – er, I meant to say – to cope in a healthier way, I went out to my local Home Depot store, and started scouring for a little tree.  (It was an errand that I had on that back of my mind maybe someday to-do list anyway.)  A lemon tree, to be specific.  One, that I could pot and keep in my house.  I am not sure that I even stopped to realize why.  I just needed an indoor lemon tree in my life.

I spoke to one of the women in the outdoor plant section, and asked her about it.  Is there such a thing?  The little lemon tree was going to be inside all year round, and she said that a lot of people were doing that.  (What? How long has this been going on?  I must still live under a rock.)

She took me to the section where the dwarf citrus trees are kept, and we started hunting.  They had a few options. Tangerine – nope. Clementine – nope.  Lime – had to think about that option for a second, but again, nope.  Then, she found it – my little lemon tree.  It looked just a little bit Charlie-Brown-Christmas-treeish, with very minimal branches and a few leaves that looked like the caterpillars had recently snacked.  But, I was happy with this particular one and said, “Let’s do this.”

Then came the potting soil. The employee pointed me to a potting soil mix that is designed for growing consumables, safe for kids and pets, etc.  It’s called Amend.  And, lucky me, it was a 2 cubic feet sized bag!  This was approximately 1.85 cubic feet more than I actually needed and used. (Insert shrug.)



I brought it home to my husband’s skeptical, but loving and understanding, response.  You are going to put the lemon tree where?  Yes, on the island.  It’s a tree.  Yeah.  I know.  Isn’t it fun?

Hehehe.  The dear man helped me re-pot it into a fun pot I found at my local home decor store, At Home.  (#iamnotsponsoredbyanyone)  It’s pretty heavy, but not so heavy that I couldn’t pick it up and move it to a different location easily when we have parties and need the whole island for food and beverages.

I placed it on the second island, and voila. Simple, beautiful, fun, a little unexpected, and maybe in 3-5 years, a couple of lemons.  I don’t even care.  I love it.  Apparently, lemon trees are one of my happy places.

Who else out there has indoor citrus trees?  Or, Ficus? Fiddle-leaf Fig?  Palms?  Whaddayagot?  Any good advice or tips for me on lessons learned?  How to care for?

The Bible talks a lot about pruning us – lopping off branches that don’t bear good fruit, and even pruning branches that bear good fruit so that the good fruit is even better.  I happen to know from experience that this can be a painful process.  But, God.  He is my Rescuer, my Redeemer and the Lifter of my head.  I trust Him with this continuing process even when I don’t like it.  I live life with such freedom from past sin and shame, true joy, despite life’s continuing lessons, and I love the person that He created me to be (which I didn’t used to be able to say).  I often pray, Jesus, you can mess with meI want You to continue Your work in me.  I might kick myself later, because He is faithful to continue to mess with me, and sometimes that is painful, but necessary.  I can now say, after years of grappling with this particular issue that, I TRUST YOU, Jesus. Help me trust you more every day.  

“To have good fruit you must have a healthy tree; if you have a poor tree, you will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it bears. Matthew 12:33 GNB


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