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Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush Pack for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

  • Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush
  • Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush
  • Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush
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Citrus x meyeri, Citrus aurantifolia

The Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack includes the Meyer Lemon, Citrus x meyeri, and the Key Lime Bush, Citrus aurantifolia, two plants that can each deliver large harvests of lemons and limes, respectively. What allows this plant combination to be so successful is that these plants both maintain manageable sizes and share similar growing requirements, which makes keeping them healthy quite easy to do. 

  • The Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack lets you grow lemons and limes easily at the same time. 
  • The plants in this pack have similar growth requirements, making for easy care. 
  • The plants in the Meyer Lemon + Key Lime bush pack are small and manageable.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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The plants in a Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack should grow in a location that receives full sunlight.

Watering

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You'll need to water your Meyer Lemon and Key Lime Bush once per week throughout the growing season.

Fertilizing

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Fertilize your Meyer Lemon and Key Lime Bush monthly throughout the spring and summer using a citrus-specific fertilizer.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on November 17, 2022

Planting instructions

If you live in hardiness zone eight or warmer, you have the chance to grow your Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack outdoors all year long. If you live north of zone eight, you’ll need to grow these plants in containers and overwinter them when the weather gets cold. Whether you grow these plants in the ground or in containers, you should give your Meyer Lemon and Key Lime Bush pack full sunlight and loose, well-draining soil. When using a container, ensure that the container is large enough to accommodate root expansion and that it allows for great drainage.

Watering and nutrients

At first, it may be difficult to get the watering frequency right for your Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack. The reason for this is that these two plants need water on slightly different schedules. Your Meyer Lemon will do best with water once per week or every other week. The Key Lime Bush will need water once or twice per week. For both plants, you can apply a citrus fertilizer or one that is high in nitrogen each month during the spring and summer.

Pollination

Both plants in the Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack are self-fertile, which means they can conduct pollination and produce fruits by themselves. However, these plants can also pollinate each other, which will often lead to larger harvests. When these plants grow outdoors, they will rely on insects to transfer pollen. However, it is often wisest to conduct hand pollination to guarantee a healthy harvest each year.

Pruning

You can prune both of the plants in your Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack during late winter or early spring. As always, you should begin the pruning process by cutting off any branch that is dead, damaged or diseased. After doing that, you should continue to thin the canopies to encourage good airflow. It can also be beneficial to cut off any weak branches that appear incapable of supporting the weight of the fruits.

Pests, diseases and animals

There are many insects that can do damage to the plants in your Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack. Some of the most common ones are aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, leaf miners and scale. For plants growing indoors, spider mites are also quite common. In addition to those pest issues, these plants can also be vulnerable to diseases, including black spots, citrus cankers and various fungal infections. Occasionally, these plants can also contract the citrus greening disease, which is typically fatal.

Harvesting

While both plants in the Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack will give you fruits every year, they won’t do so at the same time. For instance, the Meyer Lemon will usually be ready for harvest during the early spring season. By contrast, the Key Lime bush will be ready to harvest during the summer or fall. Before picking either of these fruits, you should study the signs that indicate that each one is ripe and ready for you to remove from the plant.

Achieving maximum results

Before planting a Meyer Lemon and Key Lime Bush, you should know that the leaves of the Meyer Lemon are toxic. This is especially important to note if you plan to grow your Meyer Lemon indoors or anywhere that pets and children can get to. Also, while these plants have similar growing requirements, you should ensure that each one has plenty of space to grow. Overcrowding these plants will cause them to be less vigorous and productive.

FAQs

How large are the plants in the Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush pack?

Both the Meyer Lemon and the Key Lime bush grow to be about 6 to 12 feet tall at maturity. However, when these plants grow in containers or in indoor settings, they often do not reach their maximum height. Also, despite being on the smaller side, both these plants need space to expand. Generally, it is best to give each one about eight feet of space at planting time.

What does a Meyer Lemon taste like?

Many people are familiar with the typical lemon flavor, which is often quite sour. However, the Meyer Lemon's flavor is a bit different. Rather than having a harsh acidity, the Meyer Lemon's flavor is a bit milder and more pleasing to eat in its raw form. Some people also describe the flavor of the Meyer Lemon as a mix between a traditional lemon and an orange, but no matter how you describe it, the Meyer Lemon flavor is quite favorable to most who try it.

What can you do with Key Limes?

Once you've successfully grown a harvest of Key Limes, it is time to decide what to do with them. Fortunately, there are many delicious recipes that call for Key Lime as the main ingredient. Key Lime Pie is perhaps the most famous and popular use of Key limes. However, there are many baked goods that can include Key Limes, including cakes, cookies and cupcakes.

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Mature height
5-10 ft. unpruned
Mature width
3-4 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full Sun
Growth rate
Moderate-Fast
Botanical name
Citrus x meyeri, Citrus aurantifolia
Shipping exclusions
AZ, AL, CA, FL, GA, LA, TX, OR
Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

Meyer Lemon + Key Lime Bush Pack

Citrus x meyeri, Citrus aurantifolia
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