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Meyer's lemon tree     

Citrus x meyeri

Meyer's lemon tree is a plant which belongs to the Citrus genus.

Native to China, the Meyer lemon is a popular type of citrus fruit to grow. Being a cross between a lemon and mandarin, it grows to around 3 meters in height at full maturity. It produces fruit with a sweeter, less acidic flavour than standard lemons with an edible skin 2.

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.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Anti-flash white, and typically produces a prominent citrus fragrance. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Golden yellow and   Cadmium yellow. Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (web) colour. It is a flowering edible fruit that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year. Meyer's lemon tree is known for its tree habit and growing to a height of approximately 3.60 metres (11.70 feet). This plant is a great attractor for bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Meyer's lemon tree is a great choice.

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.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Meyer's lemon tree have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Meyer's lemon tree

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

It is important to keep the area around the drip line to the trunk free of weeds. No mulching. Fertilize three times a year with a proper citrus fertilizer. It is also important to water your young tree moderately.

For indoor plants kept in colder climates leave them outside as much of the year as possible. Bring them indoors when the low temperatures are around or below 40F. When bringing indoors provide a humidity tray and plenty of air movement. Return them to the outdoors slowly (harden them off as you would tomatoes), but as soon in spring as possible.3 During the winter provide 8-12 hours of bright light every day.3

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 8 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is sandy and has a ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 as Meyer's lemon tree is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Meyer's lemon tree is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Meyer's lemon tree to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Meyer's lemon tree from seed

Direct sow outdoors in the fall or during the winter in a coldframe or unheated greenhouse.

Transplanting Meyer's lemon tree

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around -12°C / 10°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Meyer's lemon tree is a tender plant.

Harvesting Meyer's lemon tree

Lemons can be harvested about a year after blooming. There will be lemons ready to pick at any time after a few years.

Common Meyer's lemon tree problems

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.

Meyer's lemon tree Folklore & Trivia

California produces more lemons than all of Europe combined since 1950.1

Other names for Meyer's lemon tree

Improved meyer lemon tree semi-dwarf

Latest Meyer's lemon tree Reviews

  • 24 Jun 2011

    Betani Betani's Fruit, Lemon 'Dwarf Meyer Improved' was Reviewed day 419

    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

    5 stars

  • 20 May 2011

    angelchrome angelchrome's Lemon 'Meyer' was Reviewed day 324

    Grew it in a container and brought it indoors for winter. Container citrus can be picky, but I loved it, would definitely grow again.

    3 stars

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How long does Meyer's lemon tree take to grow?

These estimates for how long Meyer's lemon tree takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!


1 Whole Living Magazine, Jan-Feb 2013

2 Wikipedia

3 The Truth About Indoor Citrus

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