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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Dec 10, 2016 9:14 AM CST
I was wondering can a Mayor lemon tree be expected to bear lemons if grown outside in summer and indoors under light in winter


I live in zone 4 twin cities mn I saw at my local Gertans lemon trees for 20 bucks
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 10, 2016 9:52 AM CST
Hi Alex, yes, you can have a few lemons if you grow one that way. It's not ideal, but many people do it. My mom had a tree for over 30 years, and she had maybe 5 lemons a year.
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Dec 10, 2016 11:58 AM CST
Thanks for the reply



I may try it first I have to see if I can get more light for my room than if that goes I can do it
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 10, 2016 12:11 PM CST
My mom lived in Washington. She had some light, but I didn't think it was enough. Apparently they can do ok with less light than you'd imagine. More would be better, of course!
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 10, 2016 12:27 PM CST
Hi Alex,
I've had a Meyer lemon tree ever since I ordered it from a comic book ad at the age of 15. It's now 61 years old! For the better part of the past decade it has lived here in Iowa in our basement under a single grow light. At the moment, it's covered in those very fragrant blossoms. I have to hand pollinate, since there are no flying insects in our basement to do the job. It takes about 9 months from pollination to ripe fruit. In the wintertime, my wife uses the lemons to make lemon meringue pie and in the summers she makes lemonade.

The tree has had numerous crises during its long life. There have been a number of attacks from scaly and wooly aphids as well as spider mites. It suffered its severest challenge in 1972 when we lived in Alabama. After I left home to go to college and then to a professional position in Huntsville, AL, my father would call us every Sunday night. In one of his phone calls in early fall, he told me that he was not bringing "that damn lemon tree" into the house one more time.

I pleaded with him to not let it perish in the Iowa cold. He relented and said he would bring it along to AL, since he and Mom were coming to visit in a few weeks. As I was helping him unload the car, I didn't see the tree. When I asked where it was, Dad pointed under the passenger seat in the car. There it (or what was left of it) was, cut down to a two-inch nub, bare-root, and in a plastic sack.

I potted it up, set it in front of our picture window, and waited. Sure enough, in several weeks I could see little green shoots sprouting from the nub. It loved the Alabama summers, and I loved that fact that it had made such a miraculous recovery.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Dec 10, 2016 12:34 PM CST
Wonderful story, Larry, and I'm glad it's a survivor!
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 11, 2016 12:16 AM CST
Thanks, Karen! I tip my hat to you.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Dec 11, 2016 9:00 AM CST
Another thing we keep the house in the low 70s at all times in the winter I keep succulents in my room as well so having a humidifier could be harmful to them or to my door and window


Can citrus handle somewhat warm temps in winter I'd put it under pebbles for humidity
Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 11, 2016 8:47 PM CST
Alex, my lemon tree is in 60 degree temps in the basement during winter and, as I mentioned earlier, is currently in full bloom. I wouldn't worry too much about humidity either. Low humidity has never bothered my tree.
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