How to Take Care of Meyer Lemon Trees

Overview

When properly cared for, Meyer Lemon trees produce some of the sweetest lemons perfect for juicing and cooking. These dwarf citrus trees can reach eight feet high and over ten feet wide when planted in the ground but are known to still fruit when planted in containers. Healthy plants produce small, white flowers that are very fragrant and keep green leaves all year. After planting, Meyer Lemon trees will fruit in about three to four months.

Step 1

Regularly water your citrus tree by drenching the root ball. In warm months, young trees need about five gallons of water each week spread out over three or four days. Older, well established Meyer Lemon trees require a deep watering once a week and survive on periodic rainfall in the winter.

Step 2

After lemons have ripened, prune any dead or dying stems and remove suckers growing from the base of the plant. In order to encourage development of branches strong enough to hold fruit, cut off any stems smaller in width than a pencil.

Step 3

Fertilize Meyer Lemon trees with a formula high in nitrogen with at least a 2-1-1 ratio. Look for a slow release formula that contains trace elements such as zinc and iron and apply during the spring and summer months.

Step 4

Spread high quality mulch around the base of the tree but be sure to leave at least 12 inches of space around the trunk. This will help retain soil moisture and prevent an onslaught of weeds without choking the stem.

Tips and Warnings

  • Meyer Lemon trees can withstand temperatures down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected with blankets and plastic if temperatures drop lower.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears
  • Fertilizer
  • Water

References

  • Meyer Lemon Trees
  • Texas A&M University: Texas Citrus
  • Purdue University: Lemon
Keywords: meyer lemon tree, lemon tree care, grow lemon tree

About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.