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Meyer Lemon

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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 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.

Pollination

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
We use lemons often and it would be nice to have them fresh from my own tree.
Kelana C on Jun 26, 2020
I used to have a lemon tree when I lived in California. I missed the fresh lemons!
Linda R on Jun 4, 2020
We use lemons often and it would be nice to have them fresh from my own tree.
Kelana C on Jun 26, 2020
Needed a citrus plant.
Karen W on Jun 24, 2020
I used to have a lemon tree when I lived in California. I missed the fresh lemons!
Linda R on Jun 4, 2020
Small and pot able
sang S on May 30, 2020
I always wanted a lemon tree, but it's too cold in my zone 7a. Going to try and bring it inside this winter. Can't wait to try!
Rosemary D on May 28, 2020
Looking for this at a good price.
William E on May 27, 2020
You had just what i needed
BENJAMIN R on May 25, 2020
Always wanted to try growing these in a pot.
AMBER V on May 25, 2020
I love the one I bought last year so I got another two so I could share with my friends!
Tanisha N on May 23, 2020
l have never grown a citrus or fruit trees.
Debra W on May 23, 2020
My fav!!!!
Sherry D on May 23, 2020
I love Meyer lemons. You can use the entire lemon for various cleaning duties and culinary lovelies.
Linda G on May 20, 2020
Always keep homemade lemonade on hand. Gotten to be a struggle finding appealing lemons and affordable lemons. Live in a small town and it???s rare to find meyer Lemon. Hoping for a successful producing tree!!
Dale M on Apr 11, 2020
Wife's entertainment
Gary F on Apr 9, 2020
thought would be fun to grow inside
KELLY T on Apr 9, 2020
Love Lemon trees, want to grow in my yard for lemon juice and cooking. The fragrant flowers are a bonus!
Erica A on Apr 6, 2020
Sounds like interesting plant
Fred F on Apr 3, 2020
For the special lemon.
Atiim D on Apr 3, 2020
look for fragrant indoor fruiting plant
Charles B on Mar 30, 2020
Spend money to help the economy in these challenging times.
Ger S on Mar 27, 2020
Fascinating plant !
Erika B on Mar 27, 2020
Love to cook with lemons!
Michelle E on Mar 25, 2020
Just the idea of a small tree has me curious! I also got one for a friend!
Briana H on Mar 23, 2020
Another to mine
Margaret W on Mar 22, 2020
I love lemons!
Sheri C on Mar 22, 2020
This is my 3rd Meyer Lemon Tree from Stark Bros. Blossoms and fruit are ongoing and the trees are always beautiful. I don't do anything special to the soil. They are just happy trees. Wouldn't dream of buying them from anyone else.
Cherrie L on Mar 21, 2020
gift
Margaret B on Mar 21, 2020
Meyer lemon. Would love to establish my own lemon tree and would pair well with the berries in my order. When, they produce that is.
Rachael M on Mar 18, 2020
Expanding my indoor citrus garden and these are supposed to be easy
Jennifer H on Mar 16, 2020
My daughter loves Meyyer Lemons
Joyce B on Mar 12, 2020
It's a classic and my wife wants one!
Robert P on Mar 12, 2020
Will try keep in doors in winter
Ted R on Mar 8, 2020
I want to use it in my teas
Jamelia S on Feb 26, 2020
Meyer lemons are tasty. I like them better than regular lemons. Fun to grow my own.
Susan P on Jan 4, 2020
I think I will like eating them.
REDENIA D on Dec 12, 2019
I love the Meyer lemon
CARLA B on Dec 11, 2019
Like Meyer and potted
Phyllis M on Nov 6, 2019
I love lemons and plants
Cecilia H on Oct 23, 2019
Add to my lemon tree to increase yield!
Darrell C on Oct 20, 2019
Christmas gift for sisters
Montgomery S on Oct 13, 2019
i want one I've been growing a tree from seed i got from a lemon 5 yrs. no fruit yet so I'm trying this now
ronald g on Oct 5, 2019
I have one already that I ordered from you guys and the lemons are huge, tasty and it only took my plant a year to produce the fruit.
Karissa D on Sep 27, 2019
Wanted a nice indoor Lemon to go with the Lime I got:-)
Randall W on Sep 24, 2019
Had to leave my 20 year old lemon tree behind when we moved- Wanted a new house plant
Rebecca S on Sep 19, 2019
we use a lot of lemons and they are lovely
jennifer m on Aug 31, 2019
Gifts for 70th birthdays. They loved mine, soooo
karen b on Aug 14, 2019
Just finished building a high tunnel greenhouse and have to fill it. Hoping some of the pests won???t be able to get the tree.
Cole G on Aug 8, 2019
Size was nice and great price!
Cecelia B on Aug 5, 2019
These are actually going into a very large panther chameleon enclose. These will make a beautiful setting. I could email the company pictures if you would like to see how this turns out.... plus another bonus was your guarantee
Pamela H on Aug 3, 2019
I want an indoor lemon tree for our family to enjoy blossom and fruit.
Yuliya K on Aug 2, 2019
Needed a citrus plant.
Karen W on Jun 24, 2020
Small and pot able
sang S on May 30, 2020
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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
BEST ANSWER: Hello,

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
BEST ANSWER: Hi Wendy,
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 a graft?
Michael W on Apr 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It may have been.. it was a twig and died shortly after planting
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!
will this lemon grow in my sun room?
charles h on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mine has done well the first two years outdoors in zone 4B for the summer and under grow lights for the winter
Is this a dwarf or semi-dwarf tree?
Alidea20 on May 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have had mine for a couple of years in a medium to large pot...as long as it is watered well, it seems to be growing well (definitely dwarf).
when and how to prune my lemon tree?
Manuel P on Apr 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You will find your answers on this link:
//ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/files/134946.pdf

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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
over 4 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
Purchased
over 5 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
Purchased
over 5 years ago
unhappy
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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 5 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Meyer Lemon made it through it's first year :)
I am very happy that my Meyer Lemon made it through it's first year. Although it hasn't gotten incredibly big it is doing really well. I transplanted it this spring to a larger container and moved it outdoors. Fertilizer at regular intervals has helped as well. There is one beautiful green lemon which is a nice beginning. I bought a small plant lamp mid winter when I thought it looked a bit under the weather and it made a world of difference- I highly recommend if it is hard for you to get a lot of direct sunlight during the day where you live. Most importantly though I am so happy with all the plants I have bought from Stark - quality products. I got peaches for the first time this year on a tree I ordered from them. I also have apple, and dogwood trees from them that are thriving and look forward to placing a blueberry plant order this fall.
July 10, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago