Meyer Lemon Tree
The Improved Meyer Lemon tree produces thin-skinned fruits with flesh that is sweeter than a classic lemon, juicy, and delicious.
Prized by chefs for their lower acidity, slight sweetness, and intense fragrance, the Meyer lemon is a darling of the culinary world. The tree was originally used for ornamental purposes and functions as a beautiful addition to any home garden. To top it all off, the Meyer Lemon tree produces an abundance of fruit year-round.
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General Plant Information
Meyer Meyer Lemon trees are actually more popular than the common lemon called Eureka. This is likely because the flesh is tart with a slightly sweet and very juicy. The skin is thinner and slightly orange in color.
Officially known as the Improved Meyer Lemon tree, it’s a hardy evergreen tree that produces a bountiful harvest. It has dark green, glossy leaves, relatively few thorns, and small white flowers. These beauties are such a boon for the home garden because they are aesthetically pleasing and produce an impressive amount of fruit — even at a young age.
Meyer lemons are smoother and rounder than a classic lemon, they have fewer seeds, and their flesh is more orange in color. The fruit is still tart, but slightly sweeter than a Eureka lemon. Fragrance-wise, think lemon with a sweet, spicy, floral complexity and a hint of bergamot.
The Meyer lemon tree is a hybrid native to China. Introduced to the U.S. in 1908 by its namesake, Frank N. Meyer, an intrepid USDA employee who traveled the world, hunting for new plants to introduce to the U.S.
Meyer lemons were first popularized by the Bay Area chef, Alice Waters, in the 1980s, and then introduced to a wider audience by Martha Stewart in the 2000s. This is when their popularity really exploded and they started showing up in recipes and farmers markets all over the country.
GENERAL CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
Plant Meyer Lemon tree in full sun, but be careful if planted against a south-facing block wall or reflective concrete can stress the tree during heat waves.
Plant 10-15 feet apart, but closer to a smaller tree. Provide more space to allow for larger growth. Although a citrus tree can grow to be over 20 feet tall, most people prune them to keep them short, around 9 – 15 feet tall.
Our Meyer Lemon tree is available in Standard and Semi-Dwarf forms. The Semi-Dwarf and Standard tree has a single trunk and branches out to form a canopy. Dwarf citrus trees are topped, and as a result, grow as a bush.
Dwarf Meyer Lemon trees are great for pots and containers. This is because they are prolific at a young age and produce fruits almost all year round.
Size and Spacing
Plant most citrus trees about 10 – 15 feet apart. Some varieties like Grapefruits and Oranges can grow larger.
Planning is the most important step when planting a tree. Plant your tree where it has enough space to grow to its full potential. Otherwise, your tree will grow into your surrounding trees. A tree that can grow taller with faster growth will overshadow nearby trees. You may need to move other trees to allow for the one that is thriving rather than cutting back one that naturally grows fast and tall.
Additional InformationWatering : Regular
Sun Exposure : Full Sun
Plant Type: Evergreen
USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-11
Pollination: Self-Fruitful / Self Pollinating
Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.
Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.
Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.
Plant Care Information
How To Water
The quantity and frequency of water to provide is based on the tree’s maturity – Fully saturate most soils with water once per week during the early spring. Increase to twice per week as the weather warms. Water 3 times per week or more during hot summers. Provide about 5 gallons of water for a 5 gallons size plant, 15 gallons of water for a #15-size container plant, and 25 gallons for a #25 depending on soil type. Sandy soils can hold less water required more frequently, while clay soils can hold more water and require less frequent irrigation. Young trees with less developed roots require water more frequently while mature plants with developed roots will require less frequent watering.
Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition
Fertilize your tree every 3-4 months. Use a complete balance fertilizer with a 1-1-1 or 2-1-1 NPK ratio during the Spring and Summer growing season, and a formula with more phosphorus and potassium before the tree flowers to improve fruit production and development.
Winter Pruning and Summer Thinning
Prune your tree to allow light into its center for proper growth and fruit production.
Prune fruit trees in the Winter to maintain size and shape to prepare for Spring growth. Thin the tree in the Summer, and remove excessive fruits. Remove any dry twigs and branches. Cut off any new growth below the graft or very low in the tree, this will direct the plant’s energy to its main branches. Thin your trees during the Spring and Summer seasons to ensure the plant’s energy is directed as desired. Harvest ripe fruit to prevent undesired pests.
Harvesting and Pest Management
The basics of integrated pest management is cleanliness and the use of a combination of methods. This means we use of organic pesticide when the pest population reaches a threshold that requires action. Horticultural oils such as Neem oil is an organic pesticide that controls tiny, soft bodied insects. Use organic Bordeaux and Liqui-cop to manage fungus causing diseases such as powdery mildew, rust, and leaf-curls.
Keep a clean environment, free of weeds and dropped fruit that host insects or attract animals. Harvest when fruit reaches size and store indoors. Use repellants and bird netting to protect your harvest from other animals.
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Plant Trees under at least 4-6 hours of direct morning sunlight in fertilized soil that drains well. Provide enough water to saturate roots at the right frequency to develop good-quality fruits. To grow healthy trees, trim using proper techniques at the right time to prevent biotic pest problems and protect from abiotic Stresses like wind and heat. Sunlight Sensitive plants can burn if they receive direct afternoon sunlight in hot climates due to heat stress. Use shade to prevent this damage.
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The two factors that determine if a deciduous fruit trees will grow well and produce fruit in a certain area are the Chill Hour Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. “Chill hours” are the amount of cold a deciduous fruit tree need to produce fruit. This is measured in the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit a plant must experience during its winter dormancy. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the chill requirements of all areas of the United States.
The second factor is Cold Hardiness. Cold Hardiness refers to the minimum temperature a plant can tolerate. The USDA’s Cold Hardiness Zones indicate the average minimum winter temperatures of areas. Based on the shipping zipcode, our website will only allow you to add plants to your cart that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and tolerate your climate.
Pollination & Propagation
(Grafting/Cutting) Most of Paradise Nursery’s edible plants are self-fruitful. Self-pollinating trees do not require an additional tree to produce fruit. For your convenience, we have indicated which trees require a pollinator, and their associated pollinators. Only the sweet cherries, avocados, and some plums require a pollinator. All of our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All of our edible plants are either grown from cuttings, budded, or grafted. This way, we can ensure that our plants are high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting.