Meyer Lemon (Citrus × meyeri)

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Meet the Meyer Lemon, a highly-regarded Citrus fruit tree native to China and introduced to the US through Frank Meyer, the fruit’s namesake. The hybrid tree is commonly said to originate from the classic lemon and mandarin orange tree. This sunset yellow-orange citrus bears glossy, deep green ornamental leaves and white, fragrant blossoms worth doting over in a pot or in the ground. 

Pot-friendly, the Meyer Lemon can stay contained indoors as an ornamental plant or can bear fruit when placed in full-sun. Planted in the ground, the Meyer Lemon can grow up to 10 ft. tall, but stays petite in pots. Keep in mind that Lemons are the most cold sensitive of the Citrus family, but the Meyer Lemon, thanks to its Mandarin Orange origins, has a higher cold hardiness than most Lemons.

The smaller, rounder, deeper-hued Meyer Lemons bear a candy-sweet flesh surrounded by a smooth rind with a fragrant, ready-to-zest skin. Enjoy their harvest between Winter and Spring and ensure to pick the fruits at their peak of ripeness, for they do not ripen off the branch. 

Enjoy the Meyer Lemon in a lemon meringue or a salad dressing. Zest the skin for a fragrant oil or lemony accent to a dish. Ceviche a fish or two. Make some limoncello! Let us know your favorite Meyer Lemon creation! 

Planting, cultural care, pruning, and harvesting are similar for all citrus plants, with a few slight variations. Generally, they are best planted in filtered sun with well-drained soil that can hold moisture and nutrients. Citrus trees a particularly high demand for nitrogen. If you’re fantasizing about long afternoons of picking fresh fruit from your personal citrus grove, keep this in mind: The key to growing citrus is setting it up for success from the start.

Plant Type:
Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season:
Winter, Spring, Year-round

Main citrus fruit production will take place in late winter through spring, but may produce throughout the year

Mature Size:
7-30 ft

Mature size varies by citrus tree type. Overall, citrus varieties can be grown in containers and maintained at smaller sizes.

Soil & Moisture:
Well-drained, high fertility and good moisture-holding capacity; High nitrogen demands. Regular watering throughout the first year and throughout flowering and fruiting season.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Overall, citrus prefers slightly shady areas and has better fruit production in part shade lighting conditions.


Growth Rate:

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Although their fruit provides a distinctly tropical twist to any drink or dish, Citrus trees trees are actually very cold hardy fruit trees, taking temperatures down to the low 20's!

Grafted and capable of producing fruit within 1 year.

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Sweet, tangy, juicy citrus fruit is more than just a delicious snack or an essential ingredient in your Sunday afternoon mimosas!

Citrus fruit are an amazing source of Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that helps prevent and treat the common cold/upper respiratory infections and improve heart health. Your body can’t make vitamin C on its own so you need to get it from fruits like citrus, fresh vegetables, berries, etc.

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