Additional Plant Care
Meyer lemon trees can be propagated using stem cuttings. Stem cuttings should be about 6 inches long and can be taken from the tree's new growth in the spring or summer. Take the leaves off the bottom half of the stem and plant it in a mixture of soil that drains well. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy, and give the cutting bright, indirect light until roots have grown. Grafting involves taking a scion, which is a small branch with buds, from a healthy Meyer lemon tree and attaching it to a rootstock. The roots of a tree come from the rootstock, while the tree's top growth comes from the scion. Before putting grafting tape or twine around the scion and the rootstock, it's important to make a clean, angled cut on both of them and make sure they are in the right place. Using these methods for propagation, you can grow a Meyer lemon tree indoors and enjoy the benefits of home-grown citrus fruits.
Meyer lemons are a popular citrus fruit known for their sweet and tangy flavor, and are commonly used in cooking and beverages as they are safe for consumption. However, it's important to note that some people may have individual sensitivities or allergies to citrus fruits. If you have a known allergy or sensitivity to citrus fruits, it's advisable to exercise caution and avoid consuming Meyer lemons or any other citrus fruits. The flesh of the Meyer Lemon is edible, but the peel and seeds can be difficult for humans to digest. When it comes to pets, Meyer lemons are toxic and can cause gastrointestinal upset and even skin irritation if ingested.
Meyer lemon plants should be repotted every two to three years or when the plant has outgrown its current pot. To repot a Meyer lemon plant, choose a new pot that is one size bigger than the old one and has holes in the bottom for drainage. Then, fill the new pot with a well-draining potting mix, leaving enough space at the top for the Meyer lemon plant's root ball. Carefully take the Meyer lemon plant out of its pot, being careful not to hurt the roots. Loosen the roots gently and get rid of any that are dead or broken. Place the Meyer lemon plant in the new pot, adding or taking away soil as needed to make sure the top of the root ball is even with the top of the pot.
Begin by soaking the seeds in water for about 24 hours to help soften the outer shell. Fill a small pot with well-draining soil and place the seeds about half an inch deep. Keep the soil consistently moist but avoid overwatering to prevent rotting. Cover the pot with a plastic wrap or place it inside a clear plastic bag to create a humid environment. Find a warm location with indirect sunlight for the pot. Germination can take several weeks, so be patient and continue to monitor the soil moisture. Once the seedlings have emerged and grown a few sets of leaves, they can be transplanted into larger pots or containers. Provide them with ample sunlight, regular watering, and proper care to foster healthy growth.
Regular pruning of indoor Meyer lemon plants helps them keep their shape, grow healthily, and make more fruit. Pruning should be done in the spring, right before the plant starts to grow again. To prune an indoor Meyer Lemon plant, you should first use clean, sharp pruning shears to cut off any dead or damaged branches or leaves. Next, cut back any branches that are growing in the wrong direction or are touching other branches. This will help keep the canopy open and able to let in air. You can also cut off any branches that are growing straight up, since these are less likely to bear fruit. Lastly, you can cut off the tips of the branches to help them grow new branches and new growth. It's important not to prune your Meyer lemon plant too much, because that can cause it to make less fruit.
Meyer Lemon plants grow better and make more fruit when they are fertilized regularly. The best time to fertilize your plant is when it is growing, which is usually from spring to the beginning of fall. Use a balanced fertilizer that is made just for citrus plants and water it down to half the strength recommended. Before you put fertilizer on your plant, make sure it has plenty of water to keep the roots from getting burned. Apply the fertilizer every four to six weeks or as directed on the package. Don't use too much fertilizer, as this can burn the leaves and make the plant produce less fruit. You can also add long-lasting nutrients to the soil by mixing in things like compost or worm castings. Don't use fertilizers that are high in nitrogen, because that can make the plant grow too many leaves at the expense of making fruit.