How to Plant a Myer Lemon Tree


Meyer lemons aren't lemons as you know them. The Meyer lemon is actually a cross between a lemon and an orange. The resulting fruit is orange, thin skinned and sweeter than commercially grown Eureka lemons that are found in a supermarket. Meyer lemon trees make good container trees for growing on patios or indoors in cooler climates. Like many citrus trees, Meyer lemon trees produce fruit and flowers year round. Planting and caring for a Meyer lemon tree is simple.

Step 1

Select a container for your lemon tree that is slightly larger than the root ball of the tree itself. The size of the container will determine the size of the tree. Meyer lemon trees will never grow larger than the container that their roots are confined in. Some Meyer lemon trees have been made into bonsai trees because of this.

Step 2

Cover the drain hole of your container with a pottery shard. Fill the container 1/3 of the way full of peat moss. Place the root ball of your Meyer lemon into the center of the pot.

Step 3

Fill in the sides of the container around the root ball with peat moss. Slightly cover the roots above the root ball with peat moss, but do not bury them. Do not leave room at the top of the container for standing water. Citrus trees left in standing water will rot at the roots.

Step 4

Mix an acidifying liquid fertilizer with water and water your plant with the fertilizer according to package directions. Fertilizers vary in strength and content from manufacturer to manufacturer. Check the plant's soil daily by sticking your finger into the soil up to the second joint. Water only when the soil becomes dry.

Step 5

Mist the plant's leaves with a water bottle to maintain humidity in the canopy of the tree and discourage spider mites.

Step 6

Place the plant in a sunny windowsill, on a patio or under grow lights so that it receives at least 6 hours daily of sunlight.

Step 7

Set your thermostat so that the tree is not subjected to temperatures lower than 55 degrees F at night or higher than 65 degrees F during the day.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting pot
  • Pottery shard
  • Peat moss
  • Acid fertilizer
  • Watering can
  • Plant mister


  • Texas A&M University: Home Fruit Production--Lemons
  • Oregon State University Extension: Meyer Lemons Can Be Grown in PNW if Protected from Winter
  • University of Florida IFAS: Meyer Lemon

Who Can Help

  • Washington State University Extension: Meyer Lemon
Keywords: planting Meyer lemons, growing lemon trees, establishing meyer lemons

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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."