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.

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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 8 - 11

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 8 - 11
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.


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!

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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

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Why did you choose this?
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Delicious lemons
Wanted a little urban citrus garden
Ava G on May 16, 2021
To grow my own food without chemicals.
Ashaki N on May 13, 2021
Delicious lemons
Wanted a little urban citrus garden
Ava G on May 16, 2021
Starting an indoor garden
Asia A on May 15, 2021
To grow my own food without chemicals.
Ashaki N on May 13, 2021
For fresh lemons!
Lizzy D on May 11, 2021
We have limes but no lemons and now is my chance to have lemons
Dianne S on May 9, 2021
Have one and happy with it
JAMES C on May 5, 2021
Had ordered one before and it was beautiful, so ordering one for a granddaughter.
Rebecca P on May 5, 2021
always wanted a lemon tree
Venus G on May 3, 2021
Trying something new here in Southwest Idaho
Kenneth C on Apr 24, 2021
We love lemon
Lavecchia Y on Apr 23, 2021
I have two Meyers lemon trees I love. These are a gift for my daughter.
Big Al on Apr 21, 2021
I wanted to grow this but in the wrong zone so going to grow on back porch for the summer and bring it inside for the winter. Zone 6B
Tom C on Apr 20, 2021
My neighbor had a few in pots near her shed and last summer they were loaded with fruit. My shed is in a similarly sunny spot so I want lemons too.
Meg R on Apr 20, 2021
I loved mine before and want another one.
Michelle W on Apr 18, 2021
Gift for a colleague
Laura S on Apr 16, 2021
I have a greenhouse here in Kentucky. I???m hoping I can grow these tiny plants to fruiting stage. Meyer lemons are very tasty.
Darlene W on Apr 16, 2021
indoor plant
Gene K on Apr 15, 2021
Lead farmer 73 u tuber made it look easy for a newbie
Dianne Y on Apr 10, 2021
love growing lemons.
Robin Z on Apr 9, 2021
Because the one I have died.
ROBERT K. U on Mar 28, 2021
Can grow in a container to keep in sunroom
Edward W on Mar 28, 2021
Favorite lemon and it???s organic
Nelda C on Mar 18, 2021
I love citrus
LeAngela R on Mar 17, 2021
Georgianne R on Mar 14, 2021
Easy to grow
Denise M on Mar 14, 2021
Love indoor plants!
doodlbug on Feb 26, 2021
I had one years ago and it died ....I???m ready for another one!
Jet C on Feb 26, 2021
i love lemons, i buy them all the time, so i decided to buy a plant and grow may own tree.
christine w on Feb 24, 2021
indoor, love lemons
Tiffani D on Feb 24, 2021
I like lemon and limes
Nancy G on Feb 21, 2021
indoor tree
MATTHEW S on Feb 21, 2021
Love Meyer lemons!
Angela D on Feb 20, 2021
Love lemon
lystra B on Feb 20, 2021
I love lemons
Christine L M on Feb 19, 2021
Always wanted to try my luck with a Meyer lemon it looks like a beautiful plant! I'm up for the challenge being I'm in a colder climate 5. Will have to stay as a potted plant though!
janet M on Feb 14, 2021
Size and quality of fruit
Will D on Feb 11, 2021
Best for local where tree will be brought indoors in Winter
Mike on Jan 28, 2021
Small enough for my area
Ryan K on Jan 23, 2021
Family loves
Penny D on Jan 21, 2021
I have had this plant before and I miss having one in my home the fragrance of the flower is divine and it's always nice to have fresh lemons at hand
Joy W on Jan 18, 2021
Variety recommended by Birds and Blooms magazine. Stark Bro's was recommended by my Mother.
Cindy J on Jan 18, 2021
I bought this because Lead farmer73 had one and I need this in my collection
Uriel C on Dec 15, 2020
Good price for what my Niece wanted.
Steve and Karen N on Nov 30, 2020
Need lemon
Debbie E on Nov 23, 2020
RODNEY S on Nov 21, 2020
I want a lemon tree
Mary S on Nov 15, 2020
Lead Farmer on YouTube recommendation
Cicely M on Nov 12, 2020
My grandmother likes it.
Romeo F on Sep 3, 2020
Indoor citrus to eat and love
Laura H on Sep 1, 2020
I have never had a lemon tree and due to our location it will need to be an indoor/outdoor plant and I will need to prune it, but am looking forward to adding it to my array of indoor winter fruit trees. It is great to see lemons, oranges, bananas and herbs growing in our living room as a winter storm is raging outside.
MARSHA G on Aug 28, 2020
Starting an indoor garden
Asia A on May 15, 2021
For fresh lemons!
Lizzy D on May 11, 2021
i need to grow this meyer lemon plant indoors..In my kitchen.... Is this possible?
nancy r on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely, it is. I have provided a detailed answer of exactly how to do it in another post. These are wonderful little trees and they will survive the winter indoors.
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: I live in west michigan. Cold. Yup. I have both the tangerine and this meyer lemon in pots in my studio, which is heated during the winter. It does need some artificial lighting to simulate sun (gro bulb) and a misting once a week. Spray bottle with some water. So, yes. Indoor so long it gets some sunlight, it will be just fine. I even have fruit on my tangerine! remember to feed it once in a while.
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: I bought my meyer lemon about this time last year, and have planted it in a pot about the same size as the one in the picture. I keep it in a very sunny, south facing window (I live in NY) and water it once a week. So far, my lemon tree is doing quite well. It has two small lemons on it. Initially, my lemon tree lost some leaves, but that was probably due to the stress of shipping. I haven't noticed any new growth though. I might transplant it into a bigger pot to see if that helps it.
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.
Does an indoor tree need to be pollinated?
Rachel Z on Apr 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have two lemon trees and both seem to be self pollinating. I have a Ponderosa lemon tree for about fifteen years and it produced without another tree. I put it outside for summer months, so it might get help from insects. This is the first full year for my Meyer lemon tree.
I live in zone 8a but have a greenhouse. Could this be grown inside my greenhouse?
Jeannette S on Dec 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes as long as it???s heated. I set my lemon trees outside in the summer and before it gets cold I put mine in my greenhouse and keep the temperature around 45-48 degrees in the winter. Right now where I live the temperature is in the teens but my lemon trees are doing good.
can this tree thrive indoors?
GIles B on Feb 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It can survive indoors with care, but might not produce as well as outdoors. It needs a lot f sunlight and warmth indoors. It also helps if you can put it outside during the summer for additional sunlight. but being careful it does not get too much water when it's outside. We live in Zone 7a and put ours outside all summer and it's now doing fine indoors for the winter. We have also been in a warmer zone where we had a Meyer Lemon that was outdoors year-round. We have found that the citrus trees we've had that we can't keep outdoors all year round, due to the weather, do not produce as much fruit, if any. This is normal and expected. That being said, the Meyer Lemon is a great tree, even indoors, and if properly cared for, will be a joy to own. We do recommend it. Hope this helps.
Can these be grown indoors?
Mary L on Mar 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These do well growing year round as long as you winter them inside, preferably in a window that gets lots of sun. I keep mine in pots (5 gallon buckets) and have them outside in the Missouri summer. Make sure they are watered well, mainly the mid section of the dirt where roots are. In the winter they will still flourish and bloom if kept watered and in a sunny fairly warm area. Even with the sub freezing weather this year (2018) mine have lots of blooms and hopefully lots of lemons this summer. Lemons are delicious.
What Size of Fruit does this produce?
MICHAEL WAYNE T on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Meyer Lemons are the same size or slightly larger than the lemons in the grocery store.
I grow Meyer lemon because the lemons are far superior in flavor compared to the standard lemons .

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Can you grow these lemon trees inside home near bright window?
Bev A on Mar 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have had my Meyer Lemon plant for two year here in Massachusetts. I place it outdoors when there is no danger of frost and indoors near an Easterly facing window when I bring it indoors. Except for the first winter when I nearly killed it by over-watering, it is thriving and productive.
I see one of the staff suggested a 28 inch pot for this Meyer lemon tree. Is that 28 inches in diameter? I've had trouble finding one that big. What is the smallest size that would work? Also, does it live it's whole life in one size pot, or would I need to change the pot size over the years? Thank you!!
c d on Jan 30, 2021
Can these grow indoors?
K C C on Apr 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They were developed as a variety that will grow and produce fruit in a container. I have mine in huge pots growing year round in a heated high tunnel. (Like a greenhouse). If you do not have this set up, you can grow them outside in warm weather, but must bring them in so they do not freeze. They may drop leaves when you move them inside though.
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.
how tall & wide will this tree (meyer lemon) grow, planted in soil for patio...??
Gene R on Jul 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: As big as the pot and fertilization will allow. Proper branch and root pruning will increase the harvest and control horizontal and lateral grow. I have my citrus in various pots and as stated the bigger the pot the bigger the plant.
Do the trees come with fruit on them?
Valerie P on May 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, they come as baby trees. I got mine last year and it is doing really well - this year it has put out two tiny lemons - we will see how they do. I think it usually takes a couple of years before they fruit.
Can I grow the meyrers lemon tree indoors?
Catherine G on May 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. We leave ours out in the Summer and bring it in for the winter.
Will this lemon tree grow outside in the ground in Little River, sc?
Verle on Apr 13, 2020

Unfortunately, I cannot adequately answer that question because I gave it as a gift. She moved after she planted the tree so she could not tell me how the tree did.

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Why are dwarf lemon trees prohibited to be mailed to my area?
Nekishia on Apr 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately this happens to be a product that has state or county agricultural regulations, which prohibit shipment. Sometimes there are local/regional quarantines put in place to halt the spread of certain plant diseases, which does not happen often. While these regulations may change in the near future, we apologize that we cannot ship this item to you at the present time.
How large does the potted Meyer's Lemon tree get?
WARREN B on Jan 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My tree got about half the size of the plant in this photo by the end of the first year. It produced three lemons. I had high hopes for Year 2, but it died after bringing it inside. Possibly my fault. I do live in a cold-weather climate (Ohio River Valley) had to bring it in for the winter, during which time, it died.
Is your Meyer a dwarf or semi dwarf?
Carolyn R on Sep 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mine is a dwarf from what I ve seen I keep it in a pot so I can move indoors in winter here
Will this tree produce fruit this year?
Sirrommie J on May 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Probably not the first year. All the shock of shipping, re-potting, etc., it probably won't have fruit the first year. Mine had blooms and fruit the first year, but they fell of long before maturation. So far this year, I have 13 fruit on the tree. We will see if they survive until maturity.
Does this Meyer lemon tree come with lemons on tree as shown in pictures ?
nancy r on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. Mine did not come with lemons on it. The picture is what it might look like if you take good care of it. I bought mine about a year ago. It grew three little lemon this past year. Very cute. I live in Wisconsin, so I put it out in the summer, and brought it in for the winter.
Can you keep these indoors?
Wendy S on Mar 7, 2018
I live in the midwest. I keep it outside from May until Oct and inside the rest of the year. It's doing great! In a nice sunny spot, I don't see why you couldn't keep it inside all the itme.
Do Meyer lemon trees have thorns? I purchased one from Stark this past spring & noticed the thorns.
Linda O on Jul 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They have some soft thorns when they're young, which diminish as they age.
my tree just rebloomed and its the end of June is this normal?
jlwoodall on Jun 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that is perfectly normal. My tree has fruit and reblooms often. That way you always have a fruit that is growing.
How can you tell when they are ripe and ready to pull off??
Juanita W on Jun 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It usually takes from six to nine months for the fruit to ripen which for us is usually around around December. The fruit starts out green from the bloom and by late
October you will notice the fruit beginning to change to the yellow color.
By the first week in December it will be bright yellow with a hint of orange, that is the best time to pick but the fruit can stay on the tree for another six months without going bad.
Last year we got nine lemons the size of grapefruits from one tree and we look forward to see what our new ones will produce this year. We have a Stark Bros. orange tree that has over forty oranges on it!
Is this plant would come with fruits?
Hrid F on Aug 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Mine came without fruit but after the first winter, she took off and grew the best lemons I've ever tasted.
is this a graft?
Michael W on Apr 2, 2020
Lemon tree grew very well in pot, bloomed very well and has fruit. However, mid October leaves began turning yellow. Yellow spots. I brought the tree in garage under grow lights and yellowing has gotten worse and leaves are sparse now. I brought it in due to temperature getting cooler. Any ideas on what the yellowing could be? Zone 6b. I have a lime tree that has grown next to it with no issues.
Melissa C on Nov 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Melissa - The yellowing could be a sign of a few things. A water issue with cause the yellowing along with temperature changes.

Lemon plants that are grown in a container prefer a deep watering over frequent, light watering. Deep watering promotes deeper root growth and strengthens your tree. It???s fine to allow the top of the soil to dry out, but the roots like to be moist. The quality of the water is key too. If your tap water is hard (alkaline), it will cause elements in your soil to become unavailable to the plant.

If the weather was fluctuating from highs and lows this could have stressed the plant. Overwinter in a protected area where the temperature does not drop below 60?? F.

I hope this information is helpful. Have a great day!

When the plant ships, how old is the plant?
Fvsh118 on Oct 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Faith, Our citrus ship approx 4-6" tall in a 4" pot. The plant is approximately 6 months old. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

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Not what I was expecting
I was expecting something like the picture... but its a cutting / starter pot. I think it's odd to sell a gallon pot with a picture of a full tree.
May 14, 2019
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
over 5 years 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
over 6 years 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
over 6 years 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
over 5 years ago
This tree refused to grow. It would get blossoms, then fruit, then the leaves would all fall off. Hardly any new growth at all. It is smaller now than when I got it. I have done everything right as far as soil, light, water, and fertilizer.
May 19, 2017
over 5 years ago
Failure to thrive
The tree just won't grow. It's in a great sunny spot, we have used citrus fertilizers, just won't take off like our orange tree did (purchased at the same time).
May 11, 2016
over 6 years 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
over 5 years ago
Good Quality
The Meyer lemon arrived in good shape. Potted it up and placed it in a sunny spot on the patio. Living in Minnesota, the only time you can have tropicals outside are in the summer months. The plant got lots of blooms on it and set several fruit. Placing it indoors before cool weather and in a sun room during the winter. Now during May It currently has one large lemon on it and many blooms. I will place out on patio again when the weather warms enough. i have tried to cross pollinate with a brush myself without much luck. One it gets outside again nature should do a better job. Overall a good product and I like the challenges of citrus fruit growing in Minnesota!
May 7, 2017
over 5 years 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
over 5 years ago