How to Grow a Meyer Lemon Tree Indoors

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Meyer lemon trees are grown indoors by using a rooted cutting, rather than grafting the tree. Make sure to provide light when growing a Meyer lemon tree indoors with help from the owner of a plant nursery in this free video on citrus fruits and gardening... View Video Transcript

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Richard Skinner

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Maybe you are up north and you want to grow a Meyer lemon because you've tasted it and you really like it inside. Well it can be done. I'm standing here with a Meyer lemon tree. My name is Richard Skinner I'm the owner of Hawkins Corner Nursery in Plant City,Florida. And Meyer lemons are an unusual lemon, a lot of people call it a Florida lemon because it's grown quite extensively here. And it came from China by a Mister Meyer. Over a hundred years ago. He worked for the department of agriculture, he was in China and he found this particular lemon that was quite different from the other lemons that were already growing in Florida. He brought it here and it has taken off, it makes a medium sized piece of fruit , almost the size of an orange. And it's round instead of pointed at the bottom. Now why is that? Well because it has about twenty percent mandarin orange in it and eighty percent regular lemon. Of course it's still sour as a lemon. Now put it in a pot and if it's a rooted cutting, now that's sort of the key of it. You don't want to graft a tree if you are going to grow it inside. If it's a rooted cutting, then you can take it inside when it's real, real cold. But it needs to have some light, either from through the windows or taking it outside but it does need to get some light in order to produce the blooms and the fruit. But a Meyer lemon can be grown in a container on it's own root stock or it's own cutting, real, real easily. You probably would need to put it in a ten, fifteen gallon type size though. And you want loosely soil that will drain real easy and you don't want to water it, over water it you want to just a good steady flow and I like water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Grow. That feeds it constantly, do it about once every ten days and you'll get bloom, you'll get fruit. I'm Richard Skinner and this is how you grow a Meyer lemon indoors.