Ripening Meyer Lemon - Knowledgebase Question

Mack, CO
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Question by bullseyerw
September 26, 2002
I have a Monrovia Meyer Improved Lemon that we received as a house warming gift. It is in a container in the family room. It has had lemons growing since June and they still have not ripened. How long does it take for lemons to rippen. Thanks for any information on our tree. We really enjoy the flowers and the scent they put off. Bob Walsh

Answer from NGA
September 26, 2002
The Meyer Lemon Tree is a hardy variety and the best lemon tree for sub-tropical climates, or grown indoors as a houseplant. Tthe Meyer Lemon is not actually a lemon, but a cross between a lemon, a type of orange and a mandarin. While it retains most of the characteristics of a lemon, it has a bit less acidity, less bitterness, more sweetness and thinner skin. The skin of the Meyer Lemon lacks the typical zest of a real lemon.

The Meyer Lemon bears heavily when mature. Its crop size increases as the plant matures. It may bear 10 or more lemons even at 3 years old. The fruit is green in color until it matures. When mature on the tree, the Meyer Lemon changes to a yellow-orange color. That will take longer than most people expect! The main crop matures in the summer. Indoors, the Meyer Lemon Tree can bear fruit nearly all year long.

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