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Meyer Lemon Tree

SCENTIFIC NAME: Citrus x meyeri

KNOWN AS: Meyer Lemon Tree

CLIMATE (LOCATION): China | Subtropical

DESCRIPTION: Meyer lemons are a hybrid between lemons and mandarin oranges that have sweet-tart skins. They also serve as excellent decorations for your indoor living space.

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Meyer Lemon Tree Plant Care


Light Requirement: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

Indoor Meyer lemon trees require bright, direct sunlight to thrive. These trees are native to warm, sunny regions and require at least 8-10 hours of direct sunlight each day. When growing a Meyer lemon tree indoors, it's important to place it near a south-facing window or in a location that receives plenty of direct sunlight. LED grow lights can also be used to supplement the tree's lighting needs in areas with limited natural light. It's important to note that while Meyer lemon trees require bright light, they should be protected from intense midday sun, which can scorch their leaves. With proper lighting and care, indoor Meyer lemon trees can produce fragrant blooms and delicious, juicy fruit.


Quick Tip: Water until water comes out of drainage holes. Allow top 2 inches of soil to completely dry between waterings.

It's crucial to keep the soil continuously moist but not soggy when watering Meyer lemon trees. Regular watering of these trees is necessary, particularly throughout the growing season, which normally lasts from spring until fall. When the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, deeply water the tree. Next, let the soil drain fully before putting the tree back in its drainage saucer. Reduce the frequency of watering during the winter as the tree's growth slows to avoid soggy soil. Overwatering and root rot can be avoided by using a pot with drainage holes and a soil mixture that drains properly.


Preferred Temperature: 60º - 70º

Meyer lemon trees kept indoors prefer warm environments, while they can endure a wide variety of temperatures provided they are not subjected to excessive cold or heat. Preferably, the temperature should be no lower than 50°F (10°C) at night and should range from 60 to 70°F (15 to 21°C) during the day. Due to their sensitivity to temperature changes, these trees may suffer fruit loss and leaf drop. It's vital to avoid placing them in regions with chilly drafts or near sources of heat, such as radiators or heating vents. It's a good idea to add more humidity throughout the winter by spraying the leaves or setting up a humidifier close to the tree because inside heating systems can dry out the air.


Preferred Humidity: 40 - 60%; Moderate Humidity

Meyer lemon trees do best in places that are humid, at level between 40 and 60%. If the air is too dry, the tree may become stressed and the leaves may turn brown. With a spray bottle, you can mist the leaves with water to raise the humidity. This should be done in the morning so the leaves have time to dry before it gets dark. You can also put a humidifier next to your Meyer Lemon Tree to keep the humidity steady. Putting a tray of water near the Meyer Lemon Tree is another way to make the air more humid. The water will evaporate, which will make the air around it more humid. But make sure the tray isn't too close to the tree's roots, because that could cause root rot. On the other hand, mold and other plant diseases can grow when the air is too humid. Make sure there is enough air flow by opening windows or using a fan. This will lower the humidity level. This will help move the air around and keep moisture from building up.

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.
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