Meyer lemon tree - Knowledgebase Question

lawton, Ok
Question by angpatchoko
May 29, 2008
will a Meyers Lemon tree bear fruit?I live in the upper south.


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Answer from NGA
May 29, 2008

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The Meyer Lemon Tree is a hardy variety and the best lemon tree for sub-tropical climates, but it is also perfectly adapted to containering growing (and wintering indoors in cold winter climates). In true fact, 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, as far as citrus goes. Here are some guidelines for success: Performs best with full sun (at least 8 hours per day). Regular water with well dranined soil. No wet feet.. Hardy to 25 degrees farenheit. Can grow in a pot to restrict size or in areas that can suffer a heavy freeze. Grows to 15 feet tall and wide or larger if planted in the ground. Sandy, well-drained, dry, alkaline soil works best. Tolerates acidic soil if necessary. Low salt tolerance. Rounded growth habit. Medium rate of growth. Used for Patio Tree, Screen, Fruit and as a Specimen Plant. 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 of age. 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.

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