Citrus x meyeri standard form #10


Meyer Lemon is a hybrid citrus plant in the family Rutaceae. Mature trees can reach from 6-10' and feature dark, glossy green leaves. Flowers are white with a purple base and very fragrant. The fruit is rounder than a true lemon, deep yellow turning slightly orange as they ripen and has a sweeter flavor. These trees are self pollinating and typically used as a patio tropical outdoors in the summer and overwintered indoors.  The tree has been grown in to a standard tree form with a single trunk. 

  • Light - full sun
  • Water - water well and allow to dry only slightly between waterings
  • Soil - Well drained all purpose potting mix
  • Pruning - Prune lemon fruit clusters to one or two fruits when the little lemons are marble-sized. Pruning before fruit develops, removing all but one bud in a cluster, is also an effective way to grow larger lemons.
  • Fertilize - regularly when growing Meyer lemons. A high nitrogen fertilizer, such as one designed for citrus trees, is best fed monthly between April and September. Withhold fertilizer during autumn and winter months. Yellowing leaves indicate the need for either water or fertilizer.

 Images are used for general reference only. The size and shape of each plant will vary. As will the bloom state.

Citrus x limon/aurantifolia/aurantium - “Lemon/Lime/Orange” etc.

Light: Most citrus trees require 8-12 hours of sunlight daily. It's best to position them beside a bright south-facing window and/or move them outside during the summer.

Water: Keep soil moist, allowing it to dry out 1-2” below the surface between waterings. Citrus trees require soil that is moist but never soggy (should feel like a wrung-out sponge). It is better to do infrequent deep waterings rather than frequent shallow waterings. Let the soil dry to a couple of inches deep, and then water thoroughly until water seeps out of the drainage holes in the bottom of your pot. 

Environment: Dwarf citrus plants prefer mild temperatures between 55-85 degrees and dislike abrupt temperature shifts. Make sure to place them away from any drafts or heat sources. In winter plants may lose some or most of their leaves due to the transition of light and temperature, but if kept in a sunny window they should stabilize with time. 

Toxicity: Citrus plants are reported to be toxic to cats and dogs

Of Note:

  • Use a slightly acidic loam-based potting soil and make sure the container you are using has good drainage.
  • Citrus trees do not go dormant like many other plants, so they need sufficient light and some humidity even during the winter months.
  • It is a good idea to use an all-purpose or acid-loving plant fertilizer that supplies at least a 2-1-2 ratio during the spring and summer.
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