How to Plant a Meyer Lemon


Meyer lemons were created as a cross between a lemon and an orange; they sport little acidity and sourness and have a fragrant, sweet flavor. They bear a vibrant yellow skin that's easily bruised, so the lemons don't ship or store very well. Meyer lemons were imported to the United States from China in 1908 by Frank Meyer. The trees require full sun and a temperate climate, like all citrus. Plant container Meyer lemon trees in the early spring.

Step 1

Select a site that offers your Meyer lemon tree plenty of sun, since the tree needs full sun in order to produce fruit. The trees benefit from wind protection, too, so Four Winds Growers advises placing them on the southern side of your home where they naturally receive both sun and wind protection.

Step 2

Dig a hole twice as wide as the container holding your Meyer lemon sapling and just as deep as the container. Remove any rocks, sticks, weeds or roots you find in the hole.

Step 3

Pull the Meyer lemon sapling from its container. Break apart the root ball by massaging it between your hands. Untangle any circled or tangled roots before planting the tree.

Step 4

Set your lemon tree in the prepared hole so it rests at the same depth as it was planted in the container. Check to ensure the tree is straight.

Step 5

Fill in the hole with soil, gently firming the soil around the tree roots and tree trunk. Do not press heavily because this may damage the roots.

Step 6

Water the newly planted lemon tree to compact the soil around the tree.

Step 7

Mulch the soil around the base of the tree with a 2- to 3-inch thick layer of mulch or pine straw to help the soil retain moisture.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Meyer lemon sapling
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • Four Winds Growers: Growing Citrus in the Ground
  • University of California-Riverside: Meyer Lemon
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Based in Northern California, Elton Dunn is a freelance writer and nonprofit consultant with 14 years' experience. Dunn specializes in travel, food, business, gardening, education and the legal fields. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. Dunn holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English.