Meyer Lemon tree
Bloom time: Fall and early spring
Color: White flower, yellow/orange fruit
Height: 6 ft., 4-5 in. seedlings
Exposure: Full sun/part shade
Sandy, loamy, slightly acidic soil. High nitrogen fertilizer. Indoors when temperatures drop below 50 degrees. Likes 50+% humidity. Seedling plant will be in 4 in. pots.
More about Meyer lemons:
Growing Meyer lemon trees in garden pots is a rewarding experience. Not only are they prolific fruit producers, but their showy white blossoms are incredibly fragrant and beautiful. They also feature shiny dark green leaves. The Meyer lemon fruit is sweeter than the fruit of other lemons, and even the lemon peels are tasty and great for cooking. Although Meyer lemon trees are naturally shrub-like, they can also be pruned into tree form. When grown in garden pots, they'll generally be smaller and grow accordingly with the size of the pot. Seedlings develop at a moderate pace and can be expected to bear fruit in about four years. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. During the growing season (spring to fall), feed your lemon tree with either a high-nitrogen fertilizer or a slow-release all-purpose fertilizer. Typically three applications evenly spaced throughout the growing season should be enough. Citrus trees also respond well to additional feeding with a liquid fertilizer. Because citrus fruit will only continue to ripen while still on the tree, make sure to wait until it's ripe before picking. When ripe, Meyer lemons will be an egg yolk yellow color and slightly soft to the touch. Use a knife or scissors to cut off the fruit, so you don't risk damaging the plant by pulling off a larger piece than intended.