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Improved Meyer Lemon Tree

Improved Meyer Lemon Tree

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Citrus × meyeri 'Improved' is a wonderful citrus tree for beginners, requiring little maintenance to produce masses of fruits. 

Introduced in the USA in 1908, Improved Meyer is a hybrid of a lemon and an orange, with a subtle sweetness balancing the classic sour flavor. The fruits are versatile, perfect for finishing off a range of dishes in the kitchen. 

Beloved for their compact size as well as taste, Meyer lemon trees are ideal for growing in containers and keeping on patios, balconies, or even indoors with the right lighting levels. 

Although this hybrid is a little hardier than other lemons, it prefers warmer climates and grows best in USDA Zones 8-11. But those in cooler climates don’t have to miss out – simply keep your tree indoors or in a greenhouse for protection over winter.

Note: This tree cannot be shipped to AL, AZ, CA ,FL, GA, LA, OR, or TX.

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Why You'll Love It

    • Hardy: This tree handles cold snaps better than other varieties and is suitable for USDA Zones 8-11.
    • Compact: Meyer lemon trees grow to a maximum of 12 feet tall unpruned or even shorter with regular pruning. 
    • Easy to Grow: These low-maintenance trees are not demanding in care, ideal for beginners in fruit tree cultivation. 
    • Delicious: A hybrid between orange and lemon species, Meyer is appreciated for its slightly sweeter flavor.
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    Improved Meyer Lemon Tree

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    Improved Meyer lemon trees require a position in full sun to flower and fruit successfully. Aim for a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun, preferably more. They prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. The soil should also be well-draining to prevent root rot. When planting in containers, use a specialized citrus potting mix or coarse high-quality potting mix to boost drainage. Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball. Gently remove the tree from its container, loosen the roots, and place it in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill the hole, gently tamping down the soil to remove air pockets. Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the roots. Mulch around the base to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

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    Product Info

    Mature Height: 5-10 ft. unpruned

    Mature Width: 3-4 ft.

    Sunlight: Full Sun

    Growth Rate: Moderate

    Does Not Ship To: AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, LA, OR, TX

    Care and Maintenance

    Watering: Water frequently after planting and then deeply once a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. More frequent watering may be necessary during hot, dry periods. Check the soil regularly to determine the best time to water. Plants in containers require watering every 2-3 days or more in warm weather. Ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent waterlogging.

    Fertilizing: Apply a citrus-specific fertilizer higher in nitrogen, starting in spring. Feed once per season from spring to fall, or every 4 to 6 weeks in containers. Reduce feeding in winter. Ensure the fertilizer includes micronutrients like zinc, iron, and manganese, which are essential for citrus health.

    Pruning: Pruning isn’t required for fruiting, but can boost growth and maintain the tree shape. Prune after fruiting by removing any damaged, dead, or crossing branches. Trim any lower branches hanging downwards to lift the tree and focus the growth upwards.

    Pests and Diseases: Meyer lemons are susceptible to common pests like scale insects, mealybugs, white flies, and mites. Treat with horticultural oil or insecticidal soap as soon as you spot a problem. Improve airflow and keep your tree healthy to reduce the risk of common citrus diseases like canker, scab, and root rot. Prune away diseased branches as they crop up. If in an area where citrus greening is a concern, monitor your plant for twisting, disfigured, or yellowing leaves and signs of the Asian citrus psyllid, an invasive pest that spreads the disease.

    Pollination: This species is self-pollinating but may struggle to fruit if pollinator populations are low or the tree is in a protected area. If your tree is indoors or not attracting bees, hand pollinate by gently brushing a small paintbrush or cotton swab across the flowers to transfer pollen from one flower to another.

    Harvesting: Meyer Lemons typically ripen in late fall to winter. Harvest lemons when they are fully colored and slightly soft to the touch. Twist and pull gently to remove from the bush or remove with shears.

    Recovery Time: Transitioning from our nursery to your home can be a bit of a shock to your plant. A short acclimation period helps it recover and reduces stress.

    Climate Adjustment: Every environment is unique. Giving your plant time to adjust to the local climate, humidity, and light conditions in a shady spot will set it up for better growth and health.

    How to Acclimate Your Plant: Keep the plant in its container and place it in a shady, sheltered area away from high winds. Ensure it's watered adequately – the soil should be moist but not waterlogged. Monitor the plant for any signs of distress and allow it to adjust for a few days before planting. After a few days of acclimation, your plant will be better prepared to thrive in its new home for years to come.

    Planting Care

    Sunlight: Plant in full sun, providing at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day.

    Soil: Plant in well-draining soil with an acidic pH between 5.5 and 6.5. In containers, choose a potting mix made for citrus plants.

    Mature size: This tree grows between 5-10 feet in height, depending on location and pruning.

    Climate: Meyer lemons grow best in warmer climates and are suitable for USDA Zones 8-11. Those in cooler climates can keep them indoors or in a greenhouse over winter.

    Thinning: Prune lower branches to manage size and create the desired shape. Remove damaged or diseased branches to improve growth.

    Location: Plant in a sunny position in well-draining soil, avoiding areas where water collects after rain. These trees are also suitable for planting in containers.

    Watering: Water around once per week in the ground and every three days in containers, adjusting watering according to environmental conditions.

    Pruning: Prune to maintain the tree shape and improve health by trimming damaged, diseased, or crossing branches.

    Spacing: Plant at least 5 feet away from any other trees or nearby structures in your garden.

    Harvesting: Harvest when the fruits begin to change color, typically in late fall or winter, depending on climate.

    Pollination: Meyer lemons are self-pollinating. Encourage pollinators like bees to your garden or hand pollinate with a small brush when keeping your tree indoors.

    Hardiness Zone: The Improved Meyer lemon is suitable for planting in USDA Zones 8-11.

    Fertilizer: Feed once per season, or every 4 to 6 weeks for container plants from spring to fall, with a citrus fertilizer slightly higher in nitrogen.

    Growing Zone

    Grows Well In Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors