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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Nov 18, 2017 10:12 AM CST
Gathered the rest of the Meyer lemon crop yesterday. Not sure what to do with them.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 18, 2017 10:13 AM CST
You can juice them and freeze it in ice cube trays and then put into bags. Then when you want to cook with lemon or make lemonade you just grab a few cubes.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Nov 19, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Great harvest Donald, is your tree planted in ground?

Mine is in a large container and I am jealous of your harvest. I have four large lemons and one smaller one that came on later.

If I had enough lemons at one time I would preserve them. http://nourishedkitchen.com/mo...

Meanwhile, Karen has the best idea (for me at least). Whistling
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Nov 19, 2017 3:12 PM CST
My Meyer Lemon tree (in the ground) is quite large and is bending under the weight of its load of not-quite-ripe lemons. As they are unlikely to suffer from cold, I will leave them on the tree until I need them.
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Nov 19, 2017 4:15 PM CST
Mine is in a large container. It is not doing well IMO - but there were a lot of lemons. It started out with probably five times as what is seen in the photo, but some limbs died and a lot of the lemons aborted and dried up. There were plenty left for me. A couple have been used and my sister took some home to Houston. I don't know know how many she got, but I didn't miss them. I'm trying to get the plant ready to bring in the garage for the winter and most of the limbs that were loaded have very few leaves. I'm going to whack some of it off to make it easier to handle and leave only the growth with lots of leaves. I may kill it. It does bloom in the garage during the winter which makes the garage smell nice. I think my neglect when it's inside may be nearly as bad for it as the really cold spells.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Nov 19, 2017 5:19 PM CST
The topmost branches of my Meyer Lemon got killed back last winter by two unexpected 19 degree nights, but the rest of the tree was fine. Another lemon tree that I have - type unknown - died back nearly to the ground and has grown back enthusiastically but did not bloom or produce this year. The orange trees were not seriously affected and bloomed and fruited well except at the tops, which is fine as I can't reach that high anyway.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 19, 2017 6:00 PM CST
My MIL had a Meyer lemon tree in her backyard. She made the best lemon pies with it. I have her recipe, and I buy store lemons. There're not the same.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Nov 19, 2017 6:24 PM CST
Lemon pie ~ Yum! Lovey dubby

For Thanksgiving dinner last year, the hosts had an abundance of lemons. They fixed lemonade, lemon curd, asparagus with lemon butter on it. Then when I went to leave, I found a basket of lemons added to my empty dishes.

Her tree is in a container in a sheltered area. The roots had come out the bottom and into the ground. She was afraid to move it and disturb it.

I need to move mine up to a larger container but am waiting for the lemons to ripen.

Will they ripen more after being harvested?
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 19, 2017 6:39 PM CST
I'm not sure, Kristi. When I had a lemon tree I let them fully ripen on the tree and then picked them. All I have now is a Mexican lime.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 19, 2017 6:50 PM CST
Have you ever had Shaker Lemon Pie? Google for the recipe. There are many of them out there! It uses the entire lemon sliced uber thin, covered in sugar and a custard like filling on top. Cutting into it is like nothing you've ever had before. Tasting it is like eating lemonade.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 19, 2017 6:51 PM CST
They sound wonderful, Cheryl!
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 19, 2017 6:53 PM CST
I found a few recipes and will give them a try. We love anything with Lemon.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Nov 19, 2017 7:30 PM CST
Absolutely! Lemon anything is my weakness...

That pie does sound wonderful. Thank You!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Nov 19, 2017 7:47 PM CST
For those of you with fruit-bearing Meyer lemons...how old are your trees? When did you plant them in the ground (if in the ground)? Any pruning advice?

I have one in the ground and 2 in pots (plus some cuttings). The one in the ground a small (juvenile tree) I planted last spring. Surprisingly(?) it survived that 19 degree night (I did cover it). However, it bloomed last year but did not bloom this year. I haven't really pruned it but in hindsight, I think I should have. It did not grow much this year and the leaves are a lighter green...

than my 2 in pots that I have grown from seed. They are obviously younger and haven't bloomed yet. Their leaves are a little darker and at least one of them has already caught the one in the ground. The ones in the pots overwintered in the house.

I don't expect fruit yet, but would at least like to see some blooms. Am I being too impatient?

Thanks
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Nov 19, 2017 9:43 PM CST
No longer babying a Meyer Lemon, citrus don't ripen as well off the vine. Citrus harvest for Dallas ought to be just before a hard frost unless the plant is taken indoors. Hard frosts will kill the thorny branches, but in Florida, they keep sprinklers going to keep ice off the trees. blooms in normal years can happen year round. Younger they are, the less lemon blooms will set fruit- should be that way. The roots definitely do not like being messed with.
Mine would have every single leaf on the puny branches munched on by grasshoppers and the fruit would grow on. Grasshoppers seem drawn to lemons. Repotted once or twice- didn't seem to have any more root than the main rootball, took constant watering and that helped the suckering parts of it grow. I personally think Meyers aren't acidic enough flavorwise. There are different generations out now tho, so that may have changed with the ones offered now.
I am not sure I have EVER witnessed citrus trees being pruned, maybe to top them so they grow no taller than 10', but not pruned....
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Nov 20, 2017 12:15 PM CST
I don't know how a Meyer Lemon is supposed to be pruned, but I've always cut off the thorny sucker growth that shoots up regularly. Those have a lot more vicious thorns than the regular growth. Otherwise I just keep the dead or very sick limbs removed. Unfortunately there seemed to be a lot of those this year. I think it was a result of insufficient water during the previous winter months. It seems to have quite a bit of good growth now, but it took most of the summer for it to recover. Using energy trying to produce all those lemons may not have been in its best interest.

I don't know how old it was when it was given to me 3 years ago. It was in a 3 gal (I think) container. I upsized to a much larger container and that's been its permanent home, but its not a really large plant yet. It bloomed the first year but didn't set fruit. Last year I collected about a dozen lemons and that was probably about 1/3 of the plant tried to produce; this year a lot more. A couple of limbs were sweeping the ground due to the number of lemons. I'm expecting it to need next year for more recovery but maybe if I can give it more attention this winter it will surprise me. I'm more interested in the fragrance the blooms emit than I am in a lemon crop nodding .
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