How to Care for Your Meyer Lemon Tree

Overview

Meyer lemon trees (citrus limon "Meyer") are a subtropical fruit tree. They can be grown outdoors along the Gulf Coast of the United States; more frequently, however, they are grown as a dwarf tree indoors. It is not a true lemon but a hybrid cross between a lemon, orange and mandarin. It has the characteristics of a lemon with less acidity and bitterness. Meyer lemon trees require well drained soil and a sunny location.

Step 1

Choose a 2-gallon flower pot with several drainage holes in the bottom. Place a layer of small garden pebbles in the saucer so that the pot will not stand in water.

Step 2

Mix potting soil and sand together in equal portions. Fill a large flower pot and plant your Meyer lemon tree root stock. The roots should be at least 12 inches deep in the pot.

Step 3

Place the flower pot in a sunny location, preferably in a south facing window. Meyer lemon trees need 5 to 6 hours of sunlight per day.

Step 4

Water your tree every 2 to 3 days. Do not drain water from the saucer, the evaporation will create adequate humidity for the tree. Spritz the leaves of the tree once per week.

Step 5

Fertilize Meyer lemon trees with a high nitrogen low phosphorus fertilizer (20-10-10) every time you water. There are fertilizers available specifically for citrus plants at your local garden center.

Things You'll Need

  • Meyer lemon tree root stock
  • 2 gallon flower pot with saucer
  • Pebbles
  • Potting soil
  • Sand
  • Fertilizer

References

  • The Master Gardeners: emon tree, very pretty, and the flower so sweet ... Growing Citrus Indoors
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About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for textbroker.com. She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.