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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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Have 2 of these already. Wanted to add a 3rd.
JAMES L on May 2, 2017
Great mothers day gift
Karen G on Apr 26, 2017
Have 2 of these already. Wanted to add a 3rd.
JAMES L on May 2, 2017
My friend has one and it is awesome
June P on May 1, 2017
Great mothers day gift
Karen G on Apr 26, 2017
I love lemon pie and have not had a decent lemon since I left California. I am hoping that these lemons will be as good as the ones that I had in Cali.
Marianne E on Apr 23, 2017
Family has always had Meyer lemon trees .
Amanda C on Apr 15, 2017
My friend has one - great lemons,
Peggy W on Apr 12, 2017
to add to my potted citrus collection
ROBERT K on Mar 20, 2017
looks fun to grow... and it would be awesome if i could get lemons fresh in PA on a tree!
David L on Mar 18, 2017
A friend recommended that I try this as a house plant.
ANN L on Mar 18, 2017
I have a glassed sunroom and this Meyer Lemon will be perfect. I can keep the temp safe for this tree even though we have some cold and freezing winter weather.
Marcia L D on Mar 18, 2017
Can't resist the fragrance alone this provides. They are an instant mental pick up as well as a fun indoor companion in the winter. A friend started one from seeds but I wanted one already partially grown.
Anna M on Mar 17, 2017
My daughter has always wanted a lemon tree.
John M C on Feb 6, 2017
It produces well, and is delicious.
Shirley B on Feb 4, 2017
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
My friend has one and it is awesome
June P on May 1, 2017
I love lemon pie and have not had a decent lemon since I left California. I am hoping that these lemons will be as good as the ones that I had in Cali.
Marianne E on Apr 23, 2017
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
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.
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.
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 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!
Can Meyer lemons survive cold climates?
Tresa C on Mar 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Tresa,No cirtrus fruit - including Meyer lemons - can survive cold climates. The first frost will kill the tree. However, having said that, it does not mean you can not have one if you live in places where the temp drops below 32 degrees. What you need to do is put them in pots and bring them inside in the winter. When you first get these trees, they will be very small and an rather small pot will do. Over the years the grow bigger and bigger so it is no small feat to move them in and out. What you do is to put the larger pots on a nice dolly and you wheel it in and out of your porch or patio in the spring and fall. I have 3 huge trees now and, believe it or not, I put the pot on a Staples wheeling file crate (very inexpensive) and wheel them on my porch. The actual pot has drainage holes but you put that pot inside a waterproof even larger pot which, in turn, goes inside the wheeling file crate. You then wheel them around and they DO actually produce some fruit although we are talking a lemon or two - not a tree covered with lemons. They look great and you will love them. Absolutely you should buy one but make sure you bring it inside before the first frost.
My 4yr.potted Meyer1flowering happen 3. Wks.ago after repot, how can I keep from dropping flowers & small fruit,indoors CFL 125 watt?
Christine H on Oct 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Citrus trees like the Meyer lemon will drop flowers and fruit for a few reasons. Repotting disturbs the roots and, while it is recommended for the overall development of a healthy lemon tree, the tree may respond by dropping any flowers and fruit that may have been on the tree. Some more things that cause this tendency to drop flowers/fruit are sudden changes in temperature (outdoors to inside), sudden changes from humid to dry air (outdoors to inside), too much or not enough water, infrequent watering, nutrient deficiencies (only fertilize as needed to replenish the nutrient the tree is lacking), and lack of light (at least 6-8 hours is needed). Inadequate pollination will also cause the flowers and young fruit to drop (pollination must be done by hand if the tree is blooming while indoors where there is no breeze or insect presence to move the pollen from flower to flower). Hopefully something here gives you an idea about what to do!
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

Customer Reviews

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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
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
over 2 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 2 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
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
over 2 years ago
Great
Growing fast and it's beautiful. Very healthy tree
August 7, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Meyer Lemon
Adorable. Wonderful fruity scent and dark glossy leaves
May 22, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years 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
1 year 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 2 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 2 years ago
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