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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 5.5 - 6.5
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.

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
My daughter is living in Italy right now and her husband got her a lemon tree for their 3rd year anniversary - I didn't even know they were possible to have here in the states unless you lived in Florida. I plan on making this an indoor tree in the winter here in Virginia but set it on my porch during the hot Virginia summers
ANDREA C on Jul 4, 2016
They are awesome.
Matthew B on Mar 29, 2016
My daughter is living in Italy right now and her husband got her a lemon tree for their 3rd year anniversary - I didn't even know they were possible to have here in the states unless you lived in Florida. I plan on making this an indoor tree in the winter here in Virginia but set it on my porch during the hot Virginia summers
ANDREA C on Jul 4, 2016
I love meyer lemons and was tired of not being able to purchase them when I wanted too.
ELIZABETH S on Jun 4, 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 love meyer lemons and was tired of not being able to purchase them when I wanted too.
ELIZABETH S on Jun 4, 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
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.
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.
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.
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
11 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
Great
Growing fast and it's beautiful. Very healthy tree
August 7, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Meyer Lemon
Adorable. Wonderful fruity scent and dark glossy leaves
May 22, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
dwarf lemon plant
think i purchased plant apx a year ago.got one(1) lemon apx size of a tennis ball,never turned lemon color looks like a lime.transferred from 3gal pot to 5 gal pot about 3 weeks ago.year old fruit is still looking very good although still looks like a lime,i am really pumped right now i have been able to keep plant outdoors all day now (live in indiana) and have six(6) new fruits,about the size of a small pea growing on my plant.i could not be happier, and if i have good luck with my first potted tree you can count i my coming back to you for more dwarf,potted trees
thank you,
gerry hopper
May 24, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Bought two last year
One didn't make it indoors over the winter. I wonder if it just tried to do too much. I got them in early spring of 2015 and both produced lemons! Couldn't believe it. One got infected with spider mites though and I couldn't rescue it. The other is outdoors on my deck now and has doubled in size - I have it in a 2 gallon pot. No lemons or even blossoms this summer but it looks super healthy.
August 16, 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
12 months ago
Meyers lemon happy
I live in NC and bought my little tiny bush last summer. I have it in a container and brought it inside for the winter. Sat it in a sunny window, kept it watered and it flourished and now the pot is back outside in a dappled sunny spot acclimating to being back outdoors. Will move back into full sun by end of May. Has bloomed and had a few half dollar sized lemons on it. Can't wait till they are ready. Very happy owner and very happy bush.
May 12, 2016
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1 year ago
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