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Description

A favorite of farmers markets and home cooks. Enjoy growing fragrant flowers and tasty, thin-skinned Meyer lemons. This lovely tree adapts well to growing in containers or growing in the ground in temperate climates. May bloom again while fruit still remains on the tree, allowing for different harvest intervals. Introduced to the U.S. in 1908. Heat-tolerant. Fruit takes about 6-9 months to ripen. Harvest in late summer through winter. Self-pollinating.

  • Mature size can be kept smaller by pruning.
  • If you live in a cooler climate, plant these warm-weather plants in containers so that you can move them indoors before freezing temperatures arrive.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Purple, White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.5
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 9 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 9 - 10
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 3 - 5' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow citrus trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Shipping Restrictions

Agricultural regulations prohibit shipment of certain types of trees and plants. We do our best to provide a selection that gives everyone a chance to grow their own. This item cannot be shipped to all of AZ, CA, FL, LA, OR, and TX.

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1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
They are awesome.
Matthew B on Mar 29, 2016
Miss my mom's meyer lemon tree in california
Piper S on Mar 17, 2016
They are awesome.
Matthew B on Mar 29, 2016
I had one for many years when I lived in NJ - enjoyed it. Wanted another here in Vegas. Will put it on my front porch.
Barbara S on Mar 19, 2016
Miss my mom's meyer lemon tree in california
Piper S on Mar 17, 2016
These grow some of the sweetest tasting lemons. I have one that is three years old and produced last year quite nicely. Adding more so I have more lemons to enjoy
PAUL H on Mar 15, 2016
I have always wanted one of these.
NEVA S on Feb 19, 2016
I had one for many years when I lived in NJ - enjoyed it. Wanted another here in Vegas. Will put it on my front porch.
Barbara S on Mar 19, 2016
These grow some of the sweetest tasting lemons. I have one that is three years old and produced last year quite nicely. Adding more so I have more lemons to enjoy
PAUL H on Mar 15, 2016
Can I plant this tree inside in a pot? Will it do well by growing inside? I live in Colorado
Anna R on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Anna,

You can absolutely plant this tree inside in a pot, as that is what I do with all of my citrus trees. I planted mine in a 4 gallon pot filled with citrus potting soil mix. Although this type of soil is likely recommended for citrus, my father has planted his in Pro Mix and they are doing just fine. Just place the trees in front of a sunny window in the house or under a plant light and they should do just fine!

I do also want to note that the trees go outside on my patio in the spring and summer (when the threat of temperatures below 40 degrees F is gone). However, this may lead to the need to watch for spider mites when you bring them back in for the cooler months.

Good luck!
-Amy
I want this as indoor plant, says it is incompatible for my area, does this mean for indoor too?
Sheila B on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You absolutely CAN grow this product indoors. The reason you were advised that the product was incompatible for your area is because citrus trees - such as this lemon tree - cannot survive freezing. Accordingly, they are restricted to climates where the temperature does not dip below the freezing mark. By contrast, virtually no one ever allows his indoor temps to dip that low, hence the tree will survive indoors during the winter - you may move it outdoors in the summer. Be careful near windows - sometimes the temp just adjacent to the window gets quite cold esp if you lower your heat at night or when you go away for the weekend. Be sure to push your tree back from the window if you set your thermostat very low at night. I lost a fig tree by being careless about this practice. Citrus trees are wonderful indoor trees in the winter when everything is so dreary outside. Be sure you keep increasing the pot size as your tree grows. Put it on a small appliance dolly so you can wheel it onto the porch in the summer or else wheel it away from the window if you go away for a winter vacation.
will I get lemons first year?
sar b on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have had lots of blossoms and have 3 tiny lemons growing now.
The plant is lovely, waiting for warm weather to put it outside where it will
get lots more sun.
how to fertilize ?
jerry h on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought my Meyer Lemon last spring. I live in zone 5 so I planted it in a pot. I kept it outside until temperature was getting in low 40s at night. For fertilizer I used a 1-1-1 liquid fish fertilizer I mixed with water. I gave it a good soaking with it every 2 weeks. I thought I had a fair amount of growth with the plant and I did get 2 lemons from the plant.
What Size of Fruit does this produce?
MICHAEL WAYNE T on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The fruit is fairly full size but it is round as opposed to the traditional oval
with pointed ends which is most typical of a lemon. Flavor is fine. If you want
your lemons to look like the supermarket lemons, this is not the tree for you. Otherwise they are perfectly fine and good for just about anything one uses a a lemon for. Remember you have to bring it in during the winter and it grows fairly big. You will soon need a large pot and a dolly to wheel it indoors. It makes a fine house plant.
I previously purchased a meyer lemon and it took off really well. However, suddenly all of the flowers just fell off, this played out several times. We placed outside in warm weather and it started to bloom again and even had a lemon growing. Due to changes in weather we brought it inside and once again all flowers & fruit fell off. Does this sound like a climate or pest issue? I would really like to get another one and try again.
karen B on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: When you bring the tree indoors/outdoors, the sudden difference in environment can "shock" the tree into dropping flowers, fruit, and even leaves. A healthy citrus tree will replace these, but slowly introducing it to the indoors (or back outdoors) for a few hours at a time over the course of a few days will help avoid this sudden drop in the future. This article should help explain acclimation process: http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/acclimating-new-plants-and-trees

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Fragrant flowers, easy
We've only had the tree for a couple of months, and it has 26 flowers on it, and 5 have opened. It smells wonderful. Can't wait for fruit. This tree has such low needs - I recommend it to anyone.
February 20, 2016
Purchased
6 months ago
Meyer Lemon
The plant came in good shape, and healthy. Shipping took longer than expected, but I believe that was due to best shipping date for other items in my purchase. I would definately recomend stark nursery, good quality, and prompt customer service.
March 3, 2016
Purchased
9 months ago
Smells great and already bears fruit
I got two of these and they just took off. They are pretty hardy (one is in less than ideal spot that is too shady and I forget to water it from time to time) yet they are already covered in tiny little lemons. I liked them so much that I just ordered more as gifts. Stark Brothers have provided me with quality plants and trees for years and these are my favorite thus far. Healthy hardy plant that makes me happy every time I see it.
February 21, 2016
Purchased
7 months ago
Meyer Lemon
I bought 2, love them. Tons of blooms with full size lemons. I'll be buying more as gifts!
February 27, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Good Quality
This little guy can be a handful to grow, but the quality of the plant in the past few years has been good.
February 22, 2016
Purchased
7 months ago
Struggling.
The plants roots were pretty much dried out when they arrived. So now the plants are struggling. They are still alive and I think they will make it, but I guess time will tell. The Valencia oranges I got at the same time are doing fantastic.
February 19, 2016
Purchased
6 months ago
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