The Q&A Archives: Growing A Meyers Lemon Tree

Question: We're thinking about buying a Meyers lemon tree. Could we grow it in a planter box and move it indoors during cold weather? How would we keep it from outgrowing the planter box?

Answer: Citrus trees adapt well to growing in containers and Meyer lemons are among the most popularly grown. Use commercial potting soil and a 5-gallon container or deep planter box with plenty of drainage holes in the bottom. During the growing season, keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet and provide the tree with plenty of sunshine. Fertilize according to the label instructions with a fertilizer containing micronutrients (particularly zinc, iron and manganese) as well as the usual nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium found in complete fertilizers. During the winter, reduce the watering somewhat when citrus trees slow their growth. The root system will remain relatively small, but the planter box should be 18"-24" deep.

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