Meyer Lemon Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Everett, WA
Question by dl_holdridge
March 23, 2004
How do I care for a Meyer lemon tree growing indoors?

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2004


The Meyer Lemon Tree is a hardy variety and the best lemon tree for sub-tropical climates, or for growing indoors. The Meyer Lemon is not actually a real 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. It has gained favor because it bears a heavy crop and it is a relatively hardy plant.

The Meyer Lemon performs best with bright, indirect light (at least 8 hours per day)and when planted in well draining soil. Water regularly as needed ( no wet feet.. )

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 you expect. The main crop matures in the summer. In a tropical climate, the Meyer Lemon Tree can bear fruit nearly all year long.

After 3 or 4 years in a pot, you need to replace the soil since it will be exhausted of nutrients. You can either replant into a larger pot or cut away some of the outer roots with a sharp, strong knife and replant in the same pot but with fresh soil.

Best of all - enjoy your new tree!

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