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Meyer Lemon Trees for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Gardeners and foodies alike love the Meyer lemon tree for its fruit that combines the tart taste of lemons and the sweetness of mandarin oranges. The popular Citrus x meyeri bears delicious sweet-tart hybrid fruits just two years after transplanting. Brought from China to the U.S. in 1908, Meyer lemon trees were initially harder to grow and susceptible to disease. To the delight of growers everywhere,  the modern version self-pollinates, is insect-resistant, and can even be grown indoors. Here are some Meyer lemon trees highlights:

  • Produces sweet-tart fruits all year, especially in fall and winter.
  • Can live up to 50 years with proper feeding and pruning.
  • Needs at least eight hours of full sun daily.

    Plant Care

    Sunlight

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    Meyer Lemons love sunlight: plant them where they will get 8-12 hours of sun each day.

    Watering

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    Water deeply when the top two inches of soil is dry. Mist trees daily if grown indoors.

    Fertilizing

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    Fertilize in spring and summer with a slow-release, nitrogen-rich fertilizer, preferably one made for citrus trees.

    Planting and Care

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    by Jo Cosgrove | Ecological Gardener, Horticulturist, and Educator – last update on December 13, 2021

    Planting instructions

    Meyer lemon trees can be grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11.  Choose a location that receives up to 12 hours of sun daily. Transplant the tree to a well-draining pot one size larger than the original container. For dwarf varieties, keep in the original pot. Gently remove the tree from the container and loosen matted roots. Line the bottom of the new pot with loose stones for drainage. Add peat moss mixed with potting soil and perlite, then plant the tree in the center. 

    Watering and nutrients

    Meyer lemon trees do best in loamy soil (high sand and low clay content) at a pH level of 5.5 to 6.5. If soil acidity is too low, add sulfur. Add lime if soil is too acidic. Feed the tree at the base once a month from April through September with either a nitrogen-rich or kelp-based fertilizer. Soil should be kept moist but not soaked. Test soil with a finger and when the top inch is dry, water deeply and allow to drain well. Potted trees may dry out faster, so check for dryness frequently.

    Pruning

    A well-maintained Meyer lemon tree will produce fruit all year, with heaviest growth in the fall and early winter. Branches that do not produce lemons should be cut back near the trunk. Clear out smaller, tangled branches in order to provide good airflow. When first buds form, cut off every bud in each cluster except the largest. This will direct nutrients to the fruit with the best chance of growing. Alternatively, all but one lemon can be cut from a cluster when the fruits have grown to marble-size.

    Pests and diseases

    Meyer lemon trees are hardy against disease but can attract pests that feed off  the leaf sap. Mites are common, but will rarely do permanent damage to a lemon tree. Aphids feed off very young trees that have not yet attracted natural predators. Scale insects can be a larger problem, as they excrete a sweet liquid called honeydew which attracts other insects and may encourage the growth of mildew. Scale insects resemble small bumps and are often mistaken for part of the tree branch. Physically wiping the stems and leaves afflicted by scale with a soft rag soaked in horticultural oil and neem oil can help to dislodge them. 

    Fun Facts

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    FAQs

    How do you pollinate Meyer Lemon Trees?

    Meyer Lemon Trees produce both male and female flowers, so hand-pollination is not generally necessary. However, if you choose to hand-pollinate a Q-tip or small paintbrush can be used to gently remove pollen from open male flowers. Lightly brush the collected pollen into open female flowers, which can be recognized by their bulbous stamens in the center. Do not pinch open or otherwise disturb the flowers. They are not mature and ready for fertilization until they open naturally.

    How large do Meyer Lemon Trees grow?

    Outdoor trees that are given plenty of root space can grow between six and 10 feet tall. For indoor trees, or to line a stoop or walkway, a dwarf tree that reaches a maximum height of five to seven feet may be best. Tree growth can also be limited by the size of the pot regardless of the variety. A smaller pot will produce a shorter mature tree.

    How are Meyer Lemons used as a food?

    Meyer Lemon fruit has a unique taste that is sweet and slightly sour at the same time. This is due to its hybridization of lemon trees with mandarin orange trees. Meyer Lemons can be peeled and the juice squeezed onto salads. The pulp, juice and zest are also used in baking or savory recipes. Chefs prize the peel of the Meyer Lemon for its fragrant aroma and subtle flavor. While they are not as sour as some lemon varieties, Meyer Lemons are not usually eaten as a raw fruit the way one would eat an orange.

    How are Meyer Lemons different from other lemons?

    Meyer Lemons were originally produced as ornamental plants because the fruits are smaller than commercially-grown grocery lemons and have a somewhat rounder shape. The skin is also smoother. When ripe, the rinds are deeper with an orange hue. The fruit is also more deeply colored than some other lemon varieties.

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    Customer Reviews

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer June 28, 2021 at 3:43pm
    ratingTree was a gift to someone

    I understand the tree arrived as scheduled. I heard nothing more from the gifted person. So unable to give a full review at this time . Customer service was very good to excellent from my experience.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer May 4, 2021 at 1:31am
    ratingExcited

    My Meyer Lemon tree came in great condition. It was packaged with great care. It arrived while I was out of town so sat in the box for a few days before I returned but the soil was still moist and the tree was healthy. I've been wanting one for years but don't live in a tropical place or have a lot of sunny spots in the house but I couldn't pass up the price. I'm happy so far and the tree seems happy as well

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer April 29, 2021 at 3:37pm
    ratingMeyer Lemon Tree

    My Meyer lemon tree was in perfect condition when I received it thanks!

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer April 25, 2021 at 3:25pm
    ratingLove it

    The tree came well packaged and protected. It's a beautiful tree and looks like it's going to grow quite well. The only thing I was disappointed about was there did not appear to be any instructions regarding planting it or maintaining it that I could find in the box

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer April 19, 2021 at 1:46pm
    ratingLemon tree

    It arrive with instructions! I appreciate that.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer February 3, 2021 at 3:57am
    ratingGreat Tree

    great experience

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer January 28, 2021 at 7:12pm
    ratingMeyer lemon Tree

    Very good, just watching it trying to grow, it's pretty cold in New York.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer January 2, 2021 at 5:35pm
    ratingVery Happy!

    This was a Christmas gift for my husband. It came before its delivery date. It is a nice size and in good shape. My husband said it was a top 10 gift!

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer December 30, 2020 at 3:05pm
    ratingLove it!

    Wonderful! I got it as a gift for a friend. She says that her tree is already sprouting new leaves, just in time for the New Year! Thank you!

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer November 10, 2020 at 3:44am
    ratingGreat Value. Nice Tree.

    Very nice Myer Lemon tree. Arrived a little dry (the folks at the farm are trying to save postage by avoiding wet soil), but overall a nice tree.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer November 9, 2020 at 11:15pm
    ratingMeyer Lemon Tree Review

    Terrific. Great healthy looking specimen! Thanks

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer October 21, 2020 at 11:30pm
    ratingMeyer Lemon Tree

    It seems okay. But the condition of back side of some leaves don't look healthy. I hope they grow well.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer October 6, 2020 at 2:31pm
    ratingBest housewarming gift ever

    Wonderful! I spelt Meyer wrong in my review! Sorry

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer September 9, 2020 at 5:49pm
    ratingNice tree

    Everything was good and as expected. The container must have been jostled in shipment because lots of dirt was lost. I transplanted it into a larger container and it seems to be doing OK after a couple of weeks.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer September 3, 2020 at 1:35pm
    ratingLemon trees

    It was uneventful. Transaction went smoothly. No problems.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer September 3, 2020 at 1:38am
    ratingMeyer Lemon Tree

    Great product. Nice mature size and healthy

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer September 2, 2020 at 1:57pm
    ratingMeyers lemon tree

    Great and fast shipping!

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer August 26, 2020 at 5:10am
    ratingWow

    Love it! Can't wait until it starts producing Meyer Lemons

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer August 16, 2020 at 12:47am
    ratingjust learning

    so far it is okay. It is just a small green thing. Hopefully I will see some lemons next year

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer August 13, 2020 at 4:41pm
    ratingMeyer lemon tree

    It is a very nice tree. I've bought 6 citrus trees in all. 4 were great but had trouble with 2 coming apart during shipping and the roots being exposed too long. I honestly didn't think they would make it but I finally nursed them back but they're half the original size.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer August 6, 2020 at 5:41pm
    ratingMeyer lemon tree

    Excellent tree, excellent experience.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer July 14, 2020 at 3:28pm
    ratingMeyer

    Growing well so far. Only one lemon.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer July 14, 2020 at 4:35am
    ratingPositive

    I love my healthy tree. No complaints at all. Very satisfied

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer June 30, 2020 at 3:47pm
    ratingLove our lemon tree!

    I live in growing zone 7, and I bought a 3-4 ft. tree. The tree I received was bigger than 4 ft. and it came with 2 lemons! I was so thrilled. The tree was a bit crumpled up from the box, but it unfurled in about 2 weeks. Now, 3 months later, the tree is thriving and it's flowering all over! Could not be happier with the purchase.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer June 24, 2020 at 5:02pm
    ratingLemon tree

    Very good, easy to plant.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer June 22, 2020 at 11:24am
    ratingGreat looking tree.

    Tree looks very good. It is sprouting new leaves and I am sure will develop into a great lemon tree.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer May 28, 2020 at 1:23am
    ratingLemon tree

    Even though I am satisfied with this company overall.. the tree was alot smaller then I thought it would be.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer May 19, 2020 at 11:19am
    ratingLike my Lemon Tree

    It arrived in good shape, but a week later than the tracking indicated. I was worried about it and expected it to be in a sad state but it is fine.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer May 19, 2020 at 3:14am
    ratingMeyer lemon tree

    Great. Tree came in very good condition and was very healthy.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer May 16, 2020 at 5:21pm
    ratingThe perfect lemon tree

    This is the perfect lemon tree for our place. The perfect height and size that allows us to move it outdoors when it's nice and indoors when it needs protection. It's only a little more than two months since I got it and it's showing signs of fruiting. I would give it five star but the tree came to us a little banged up. Most of its soil came out and the leaves were damaged.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer May 8, 2020 at 4:31pm
    ratingLemon tree only!

    I am happy with my lemon tree. It's lost it's leaves but I am optimistic because I see some new growth. The process was awesome!!

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer May 7, 2020 at 11:08pm
    ratingMeyer Lemon Tree for Mother's Day

    My mother was thrilled with the Meyer lemon tree she got for Mother's Day. It was of good size, many healthy green leaves and even has a small lemon growing.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer May 4, 2020 at 12:55pm
    ratingMeyer Lemon tree

    It was so much smaller than I thought it was going to be. I repotted it and it looks healthy, so I'm hoping it will have new growth soon.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer March 23, 2020 at 8:38pm
    ratingThank you!!

    Arrived in good order. Healthy plant!! I'm very excited.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer January 5, 2020 at 4:39pm
    ratingPerfect Little Lemon

    This was the smoothest ordering experience from start to finish. I ordered the lemon tree, it was delivered very quickly, and because it is cold here, it came in a nice wrapping and box. AND it was delivered right on time for the holidays. Very happy with the little tree and the whole experience.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer December 4, 2019 at 5:42am
    ratingTree looks healthy. Unfortunately, it

    Tree looks healthy. Unfortunately, it has thorns on it, which I didn't realize this type would. I wish I had known, and would have found a graft without thorns.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer September 20, 2019 at 8:16pm
    ratingMy Meyer Lemon Bush

    I had a good experience with ordering, receiving, and setting up my bush. The tree arrived in two days, just in time for my son's birthday. Although he would've preferred written instructions, he said it was not a problem because he just pulled up the information on his phone while at the plant shop to get the materials he needed. It is thriving and there is a lemon on it!

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer July 25, 2019 at 1:31am
    ratingNice tree for indoors and summer outdoors on deck.

    So far the tree responds with curled leaves if over-watered. Lemons are not huge but the size of limes. The largest one is just beginning to turn yellow on one side. Looking forward to many lemons in the future.

    Anonymous
    Verified Buyer May 25, 2019 at 5:18pm
    ratingI am waiting

    It looked good when it arrived and so did the white and blue spruce trees but the little free fig tree was broken off. I am waiting for some new shoots to come out on the lemon tree. How long should it take?

    Mature height
    8 ft. pruned
    Mature width
    3-4 ft.
    Sunlight requirement
    Partial to Full-Sun (Indoors near a bright window is fine)
    Growth rate
    Moderate
    Botanical name
    Citrus × meyeri 'Improved'
    Shipping exclusions
    AL,AZ,CA,FL,GA,LA,OR,TX
    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 Trees

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