Growing Meyer Lemon for its Foliage
I'd like to use this tree just for its leaves. I use them in tea and in cooking. I don't care about fruit. All the lemons have long been pruned.
I've pruned about 1/3 - 1/2 of this tree already and 10 new shoots have popped up and are growing extrememly fast. My guess is that by the end of this month (in about 25 days) these leaves will be perfect for harvesting. They taste best and make the best tea when they are still lush and have not yet hardened.
The question is: In a month could I prune these new branches? That would make it June, and there would be a few more months worth of outside growing before the tree would have to go back indoors.
Or, would this be too much of a shock to the tree? And would it just be better to leave it? I could only harvest half of them but I thought that if I harvested all the new ones that and fully pruned all the new branches then there would be lots growth to replace it.
What do you think? I'm looking for ideas.