The Meyer Lemon tree is a compact very prolific tree, flowering and fruiting all year-round. It produces sweet scented, creamy-white flowers with a purple base followed by a rounder, softer, deep yellow thin-skinned fruit with a slight orange tint when ripe. The tree’s medium-sized fruit, attractive evergreen leaves and basic care, it’s one of the most cold tolerant citrus trees, makes it ideal for the backyard gardener. The lemon’s sweeter and less acidic taste makes it a favourite for juicing, cooking hot or cold dishes, in drinks or as a garnish.
|Size — 140mm|
|Growth Height — 4.5m|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Fruiting Period — Autumn, Winter|
|Flowering Period — Spring|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Special potting mix, Well drained soil|
Plant in a sunny, open position in well-drained soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root-ball. Take out the plant from the container and place the plant into the hole so that the soil level is the same as the surrounding ground. Fill in the hole firmly and water it well even if the soil is moist. To keep the tree free of grass and weeds, and to retain moisture, remember to mulch well but keep mulch away from the tree trunk to avoid collar rot.
Water regularly during warmer months, when buds appear, it starts flowering or when fruit is forming. Water container specimens every three to four days, and more often in hot weather. Do not water the trunk.
Prune in late spring with pruning shears to shape the tree and to remove any dying, low hanging branches or leaves from the tree. Take off any suckers at the base of the trunk and on branches to encourage new growth.