Plant Tip – Meyer Lemon Citrus Tree

Plant History

GrowScripts Plant Nutrition Products for Meyer Lemon Citrus Trees
  • Cross between a Citron and a Mandarin/Pomelo Hybrid
  • Introduced to the US in 1908 from China
  • Commonly grown in China in garden pots as an ornamental tree
  • The original Meyer Lemon were symptomless carriers of the Citrus tristeza virus and were banned were spreading this devastating virus to healthy fruit trees
  • The Improved Meyer Lemon was introduced in 1975 by the University of California
  • The Improved Meyer Lemon is the Meyer Lemon you see in the Garden Centers today

Statistics

Zone – 8-11
Temp – 70 to 90 degrees F (temps below 55 could effect growth)
Cold Hardy – 20 degrees F
Water – Like most citrus plants do not overwater! Place in a well draining pot and allow the soil to dry to a depth of 1in before watering again.
Sunlight – Outdoors (direct to half shaded), Indoors (well lit area, preferable near south facing window)
Size of Plant – 9.8ft to 19.7ft (3-6m)
Size of Fruit – 1in to 1.8in (25-45mm)
Seeds – 8 to 12 seeds per fruit
Taste – Sour but the peel is sweet


Container Plant Care

  • Plant in a well draining pot (for inside plants use a saucer to catch excess water)
  • Use well draining soil (soil with a mixer of sand, perlite, and bark) Regular potting soil can hold excess water and damaging the roots
  • Use a GrowScripts Citrus Care Kit (Kit includes all the items listed below as well as a calendar on when and how to apply each one)

Nutrients Needed to help Maximize your plants health and fruit production


Uses

Cooking (baking to meat glazes)
(Meyer Lemon Bars) https://www.foodiecrush.com/meyer-lemon-bars/
(Baked Ham with Sticky Meyer Lemon Glaze) https://www.sunset.com/recipe/baked-ham-with-sticky-meyer-lemon-spice-glaze

Drinks (lemonade to mixed drinks)
(Meyer Lemonade) http://www.treatsandeatsblog.com/meyer-lemonade/
(Meyer Lemon Martini) https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/230549/meyer-lemon-martini/

Essential oils (produces from extracting oils from the rind)
(Info on Lemon Essential Oil) https://www.celestinevision.com/2015/07/health/health-benefits-of-lemon-essential-oil/


References

wikipedia.org/wiki/Meyer_lemon
gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/growing-meyer-lemons.htm
homeguides.sfgate.com/temperature-requirements-lemon-tree-55795.html

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