Meyer lemon tree grow and care – tree of the genus citrus a hybrid between Lemon and Orange also known as Citrus meyeri, Meyer lemon tree perennial evergreen plant, grow for edible fruits, can be used also as ornamental plant and can grow as dwarf tree or bonsai, can grow in tropical, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 9 and Improved Meyer lemon tree in hardiness zone 8b+

Leaves color green in elliptic shape and the tree has thorns, flowers are white with yellow stamen,

Meyer lemon edible fruit

Fruit size ~5-8 cm and color is yellow. The inner fruit divided by segments, the segment cover with soft thin layer, it containing the pulp (little cones covered with a thinner layer). The shape is ellipse round with a pinch in the end the taste is sour. Thin rind color mostly yellow with little hue of orange, the rind is edible a bit bitter also used as flavor and fragrant

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How to grow Meyer lemon tree growing and care:

Well-drained soil, better loamy soil, moist soil in the fruits season and better to put mulch

How to care:
Design for easy to pick the fruits (when there are thorns it’s important but not all cultivars have thorns), add to the soil, organic matter, humus and fertilizer, in location with hot summer sun that the main trunk is expose to the sun better to better to whitewash (lime paint)

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed / Cutting / Air layering

Is it necessary to graft or cutting?
Yes, necessary to ensure the existent of the fruits and quality of the fruits and better to graft more than one cultivar or more than on citrus.

Cutting need to use for the base of the tree for: disease-free, base that fit for different soils, resistance for drought, base that won’t resist for grafting.

Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Thorns

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness growing zone 8b-10a, spring or autumn hardiness zone 10b-11a, possible also in summer and winter the main problem it’s hot and cold days that might cause future problem and even kill the plant, hardiness zone 11b+ planted all year

Pests and diseases:
Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis

Pruning season:
All the year

How to prune:
Dead branch, cross branch, too much growth density

Size of the plant:
2-4 m, 6-12 feet

Improved Meyer lemon tree size:
2-3 m, 6-9.5 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water, usually the plant need more water in the fruits season, but usually it’s when there are rains and if raining season delay need to increase the amount of water that the fruits won’t be dry and won’t explode.

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun and possible to grow in half shade in the right care but will produce less fruits

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No, but possible to grow next to window with sun that possible, grow it as dwarf tree and will take more time to get fruits

Growing also possible in pots, planter, flowerpot, containers:
Yes, when grow in container need to make or take dwarf tree or bonsai, even bonsai can bear fruits, need to use potting soil or mix of peat soil with perlite, drainage and holes in the pot important, don’t let the water stand in the bottom of the pot, need ever few years to switch the soil of the pot and better to start with pot that will be 20% bigger than the roots ball and every time to change it with new soil, no point that the soil will stay in the pot for no reason just lose the viability

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Flowers are white with yellow stamen

Thinning / Deadheading of the blossom:
Two first years should thinning the flowers,

Pollination is done by:
Bees

Edible Fruits

When does it yield:
Autumn / Winter

Pests or diseases in the fruist:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, Alternaria

What can be done with big quantities of fruit?
Eat, juice, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind

Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick up (sometimes cut branches that grow into the fruit)

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-4

Ripening of fruit
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house (or even to use them)

Scientific name:

Citrus × meyeri

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