Meyer's lemon tree is a plant which belongs to the Citrus genus.
The Meyer lemon (Citrus x meyeri) is a citrus fruit, native to China, thought to be a cross between a true lemon and a mandarin orange or sweet orange.
Meyer lemon trees are around 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) tall at maturity, though they can be pruned smaller. Their leaves are dark green and shiny. Young leaves and shoots are dark purple. The flowers are white with a purple base and fragrant. The fruit is yellow and rounder than a true lemon with a slight orange tint when ripe. It has a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common lemon (Lisbon or Eureka are typical grocery store varieties) and a fragrant edible skin.
Meyer lemons are reasonably hardy, but grow well in a warm climate. They are also fairly vigorous. A tree grown from seed usually begins fruiting in four years. While trees can produce fruit throughout the year, the most will be produced in Spring and Autumn. Trees require adequate water, but less in the winter. For maximum yield, they should be fertilized during growing periods.
Meyer lemons are popular as ornamental plants due to their compact size, hardiness and productivity. They are highly decorative and are suitable for container growing.
China is believed to be where Meyer's lemon tree originates from.
Meyer's lemon tree needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.
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Direct sow outdoors in the fall or during the winter in a coldframe or unheated greenhouse.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Meyer's lemon tree so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Meyer's lemon tree so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Meyer's lemon tree plants:
Lemon trees unfortunately suffer from many different problems and diseases – if your lemon tree has lost many leaves, and has dead wood it is most probably sick. A couple of common problems and possible solutions are listed below:
Watering Problems: Trim the dead wood from the tree and make sure that the water intake is sufficient – lemon trees need quite a lot of water. A simple check is to feel the leaves: if they feel cool and thick, water is adequate; if they are dry and leathery then make sure to water more.
Fungus:If the lemon tree’s leaves have turned black or have brown blisters it may be fungus.Greasy spot and sooty mold are fungi that commonly attack Lemon trees.
Root Rot: Can be caused by drainage problems in the pot and overwatering – if the wood is splitting and dying, this could be the cause.
Citrus canker a bacteria commonly attacking lemon trees – causes loss of fruit and damage to the tree. Look for a large ringed splotch on fruit, leaves or bark.
Borers: Watch for small holes in the tree caused by borers – you can try to kill the borer by poking a piece of wire down the hole, if there are many holes in the tree however it might be un-salvageable and you may have to plant a new tree.
California produces more lemons than all of Europe combined since 1950.1
Improved meyer lemon tree semi-dwarf
24 Jun 2011
I’ve been growing this tree for a few years now, and it never disappoints. The blooms smell heavenly, and it flowers quite frequently. Spider mites and scale are the only pests that have affected the tree, but those were easy to take care of with insect
19 May 2011
Grew it in a container and brought it indoors for winter. Container citrus can be picky, but I loved it, would definitely grow again.
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fn1 .Article in Whole Living Magazine, Jan-Feb 2013.
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