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The Most Popular Home Grown Citrus Tree
The Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemon is the most popular dwarf citrus tree. It is cold hardy and the fruit is less acidic, it is not as sour as other lemons. The blooms have an amazing scent. The fruit starts out green but eventually ripens to a rich yellow color.
Meyer Lemons are prized by chefs but extremely hard to find in grocery stores. That is because they just have as long of a shelf life to sit on store shelves as other lemon varieties.
You can grow a Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree anywhere in the country. Grow it in a container that you can bring indoors during colder weather. Just try to keep them near a sunny window. It can remain outdoors year round in grow zones 8 through 11. Meyer Lemon trees usually bloom in winter, filling your home with an amazing sweet citrus aroma. Dwarf Meyer Lemon trees can actually bloom and bear fruit throughout the year.
The ‘improved’ distinction in the name is important. This variety was bred to be more disease resistant than the original Meyer Lemon. The name ‘Meyer’ comes from Frank Meyer who worked for the US Department of Agriculture in the early 20th century.
Meyer Lemon tree care is pretty simple. Keeping your tree on a regular watering schedule is important. They don’t require much, but don’t let the soil & roots dry out too much. If you grow a Meyer Lemon tree in a container, it would be best to keep it from getting too much afternoon sun on the hottest days in summer. You can usually tell when the leaves start to droop a little that it needs a drink. Make sure your container has drainage holes on the bottom. Use a citrus fertilizer in spring and again in fall.
Dwarf Meyer Lemon trees are self fertile, meaning you don’t need two to bear fruit. It is important, however, to make sure the pollen from the flowers is spread among the others. Outdoors a simple breeze and pollinators, like bees, will do the trick. If you bring it indoors in the winter, the winter flowers may need a little help. A cotton swab will get pollen to cling to it which you can then apply to other blooms.
Meyer Lemon trees can be pruned if you want to keep them to a particular size. They can be kept as small as 4 feet and still produce fruit.
Citrus x ‘Meyeri Improved’
|Mature Height||6 – 8 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 – 6 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Grow Zones||8 to 11 outdoors / 4 to 11 indoors|
|Fruiting Time||Winter in Containers Indoors; Year Round in the Ground|