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Question: what happened to my lemon?

Hello, Last year I planted a lemon in the garden, during the winter I wrapped it in a plastic bag. In March he did not give many signs of life, I pruned it but to date he does not recover. The soil is fertilized with COMPO and stabling. What do I have to do to make it grow again? They suggested that a hole be made for the first frost in November and then transplanted. Is this street advice correct?

Dried lemon: Answer: lemons in winter

Dear Daniel,
lemons are small trees of Asian origin; they come from areas with tropical climate, but are now widespread also in most of the Mediterranean, and also in Italy, especially in the south and in the islands, but citrus cultivation are also widespread in Tuscany, Sicily and traditionally also on Lake Garda ( after the construction of special winter shelters, called lemon houses, once the lemons were produced in large numbers on the lake, so much so that a small town on the Brescia side is called Limone).
They are slightly delicate plants that need a sunny position, good humidity and temperatures that almost never fall below -2 / -3 ° C. The main concern of those who live in an area with cold winters, but still wants to grow a lemon, is often only the winter cold, and the other needs are left out, also because in these areas we are used to trees and shrubs that, upon arrival of the cold, they enter in vegetative rest, total or partial, and we are therefore little accustomed to watering the plants in the garden in the months that go from October to February.
The lemons have a particular development, compared to other plants common in our gardens: as we all know, lemons bloom and bear fruit several times during the year; the first time happens towards the end of winter, the second in summer?
Obviously this means that the lemon trees do not have any period of vegetative rest, on the contrary, in general it is in winter that the flower buds sprout and prepare, and therefore require much care. For this reason it often happens that small lemon trees, which for fear of the cold during the winter are placed at home or in a temperate greenhouse, or covered with plastic film, defung not because of the cold, but because of the drought to which they are subjected right in one of the periods of greatest "work" for the plant.
By covering your lemon with plastic, you caused a great suffering to the plant, which was not allowed to receive even the rain water; during the winter the lemons must be cured, and watered every time the soil is dry; if desired it is also advisable to cover the plants with the woven fabric, so that they receive at least part of the rainfall humidity. Clear that it is not good to pay attention to where the lemon is placed; my father, as soon as winter arrives, pushes him so close to the house, that he is protected by the slopes of the roof, and therefore does not receive even a drop of water if he is not the one watering it; avoid leaving your lemon completely dry for weeks, or you will face serious damage. Fortunately, these are usually sturdy trees, which manage to recover even when they seem doomed.
As for the advice on transplants, I sincerely believe it is advisable to repot a potted lemon every 2-3 years; but more transplants or invaded within a few months seem to me a kind of free torture.