The Meyer Lemon Tree is a fun tree that always seems to be blooming or fruiting. Many Meyer Lemon trees are blooming now, bringing beautiful flowers and a wonderful fresh citrus scent to many homes. What’s a better way to prepare for spring cleaning than with an all-natural lemon scent? These low maintenance trees don’t require a lot of work in order to delight gardeners, however there are a few steps that you can take in order to grow full sized mature lemons.



The Secrets

Lemon blooms turn into fruit, so if you don’t have blooms life won’t give you lemons. So, how exactly do you get these blooms? Make your tree comfortable. Under the proper care conditions your tree will have a ton of blossoms!

1. Light

Fresh LemonsBefore fruiting, Meyer Lemon trees need to see the light! They won’t flower without getting enough light. Make sure your trees get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. You can do this by placing your tree by a large sunny window. If you can, try to place your tree near an area that faces south. Southern facing areas tend to get more light.

Also, if your tree is potted and kept indoors rotate it every three weeks the make sure that a different portion of your tree is facing the window. This way the entire tree gets time in the sunshine!

2. Water

Close up of fresh lemonNext, make sure that your trees get the right amount water. Over watering or under watering your tree can harm fruit production. The soil should slightly dry out in between waterings, but it should never completely dry. Check on your soil once a week, if it feels dry to the touch two inches below the surface of the soil then it’s time for more water. Slowly poor water into the pot and count to 20, or wait until you see water running out of the bottom of the pot. Moisten the soil, don’t over saturate it.

Lemon treeGenerally Meyer Lemon Trees need water every one to two weeks. Leaves can be an indicator as to how your tree feels. If the leaves are drooping like they’re too heavy for the branches, and turning dark brown or black the tree is getting too much water. If the leaves are crispy and dry or curl upwards this is a sign of under watering. Also, if the leaves turn brown or yellow this is another sign of under-watering.

Don’t immediately over correct under watering. Gradually add more water to your tree over time.  If you immediately saturate the soil with a ton of water your tree may become stressed or over watered!

3. Nutrients

bigstock-Lemons--1234361Another way to keep your tree healthy and productive is to make sure that it gets all of its vitamin and minerals. When potting or planting your tree it’s beneficial to mix in some citrus planting mix with your natural soil.

Also, to give your tree an extra boost give it some citrus fertilizer! Give your tree two tablespoons of fertilizer like citrus-tone three to four times a year. Once in the early spring, early summer, late summer and in the fall. Space out your fertilizing by about four to six weeks.

4. Temperature

iStock_000006221242SmallMeyer Lemon trees are very cold hardy and can withstand temperatures down to about 20 degrees. If your area gets colder than that then your tree will need to be brought inside. When they’re inside winter heat can dry them out. Be careful not to place them under a vent. If your leaves start to get dry you can mist them daily with a spray bottle to give your tree some humidity.

Once it warms up don’t just stick your tree out in the hot sun for hours! It will need time to adjust to the heat. Move your tree outside for a few hours each day, gradually increasing the amount of time it spends outdoors to get it used to the harsher outdoor environment before letting it live outside all summer.

5. Pollination

iStock_000037932872_LargeOnce the blooms open on your tree they’ll need to be pollinated. Good thing that these trees are self-pollinating! However, having two or more trees will greatly increase the amount of blooms that will get pollinated.

Meyer Lemon Trees can bloom all year, but have two main blooming times. In the fall and early spring. If they bloom while it’s too cold for them to be outside simply keep your tree indoors. However, they won’t have the wind and bees to carry their pollen from bloom to bloom for them. You could release a few bees inside of your home to help with pollination, but we wouldn’t recommend it!

You can pollinate your indoor trees by hand. Simply take a small dry paint brush and run it over each bloom as if you’re painting them. Do this once daily, and don’t wash the paintbrush until after the blooms have been pollinated.

6. Pruning

iStock_000002845657SmallAnother way to keep your Meyer Lemon tree happy is by pruning it. Meyer Lemon trees don’t have to be tall to produce fruit, just healthy. Keep them wide and branched out. When you decide to prune your trees in the early fall or early spring look for branches that are growing straight upwards. Generally they aren’t fruit producing branches. Also, remove any damaged or crossing branches. Make your cuts at 45 degree angles facing upward to promote new growth.

iStock_000024059448XSmallAlso, look for areas that block the sunlight from the center of the tree. Removing these branches will increase air circulation and the amount of sunlight that hits these branches, which will decrease your tree’s risk growing mold and fungi.

Be sure to look at the amount of lemons you have growing. In order to prevent fruit over bearing you’ll want to remove a few lemons in large clusters of them when they’re pea sized. This will make sure that you have a few lemons that grow to their large mature sizes, instead of a ton of lemons that stay small.

7. Patience is a Virtue

two lemon trees and an old white chair in front of a wallYour Meyer Lemon tree will need time to get adjusted to their new environment before they start producing fruit. Once your lemons start to grow give them time to mature. They can take around 6 months to mature. Don’t harvest them until their skin changes from green to dark yellow. When your sweet Meyer Lemons are ready their skin will be a shade of yellow similar to the color of an egg yolk.

If Life Doesn’t Give you Lemons, Grow Them Yourself

If you follow these seven steps to lemon success then you’ll have fresh lemons before you know it. Don’t miss your chance to grow these awesome lemons yourself! Aside from smelling great, and growing extremely well in a pot, Meyer Lemons are the best for baking. They’re a cross between a sweet orange and lemon, so they’re extra sweet. Your family and friends will be amazed once you present them with a dish like a lemon pound cake, made with Meyer Lemons that you grew yourself!

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  • rich

    My neighbors IGS waters my meyer lemon tree several evenings each week. Can my tree handle this? Do I have to move it???

    • AllisonTrees

      It depends on your climate. If you’re located in a very hot and dry area then your tree may need a daily drink of water. However, meyer lemon trees will not tolerate being over watered. Their soil needs to be dry to the touch about two inches below the soil line before receiving more water. If the watering system is making the soil moist or over saturated then it would be best to move your tree.

  • newbie grower

    My dwarf lemon tree has a brownish-purple spots on both the lemons and the tree itself. I’m new to growing and have no idea what this is or how to treat it. I can’t find anything online that looks similar. Now the leaves are all falling off. I don’t know if I can fix this or if the tree is doomed. Any advice?

    • AllisonTrees

      It looks like your tree is growing mold and fungus. To get rid of it remove the dead leaves from the container and remove and prune any spotted areas of your tree, including the branches. Then spray your tree with an all natural fungicide that can be found at your local gardening store. Your tree should recover once the mold is knocked out.

  • jake0808

    By your great article, it looks like I might be doing everything right. I planted my Meyer lemon tree in Feb of 2015, outdoors, zone 10. In the spring of that year, it had many flowers that turned into fruits. However they all but one dropped in early summer. The one that remained grew into an oversized lemon that it is still on tree. Spring 2016, again lots of flowers and fruits. However in the past two weeks, they all but two dropped. The two that remain look healthy and most likely will grow into large lemons. How do I prevent the tree from dropping too many fruits?

    • AllisonTrees

      It sounds like your tree is overbearing, so it’s growing more fruit that it can support, then dropping lemons in order to save energy. Once your tree starts to grow new lemons remove some of the smaller ones, so instead of a lot of small lemons that never mature you’ll have more full sized fruit.

  • Nick Hying

    Hi, I received my Meyer Lemon Tree on Fathers day, how can I tell when it’s time to fertilize? Was it fertilized before it was shipped out? or is there a certain time of the year this would have been done at the nursery? I purchased it from Fast-Growing Trees.

  • Intelligent Commenter

    Thanks, very informative article. I have a Meyer Lemon that was planted about 2 months ago, and it’s doing well. It already has one tennis ball sized lemon, still green. Should I cut it now, or let it grow? Not sure since it’s such a young tree, and I am more concerned for long-term growth than any lemons this early.

    • AllisonTrees

      Don’t pick your lemon yet. Meyer Lemons can take 6 to 8 months to mature. When they’re still green their flavor is very bitter. If you wait until the skin turns yellow, you’ll have an incredibly sweet lemon.

      • Intelligent Commenter

        Thanks. Since it’s the first fruit on a newly planted tree, would plucking it now help the long-term health of the tree?

        • Yes, If you pick the fruit now the energy of the tree will go to the leaf and root production.

          • Intelligent Commenter

            Thank you!

  • Madeline Lloyd

    My meyer lemon tree has gone through two cycles of blooming lots of tiny blooms, but once they bloom, they seem to wither and fall off naturally. It hasn’t produced any lemons. The tree is in the corner of my sunroom, where it receives lots of sunlight, it gets watered about once a week, (I don’t let the soil get too dry.) I’m disappointed because a couple weeks ago I had about 25 blooms covering my tree, but today they have all fallen off. Any suggestions? I should add that I purchased a mature tree. It’s about 4 feet tall. It’s very skinny and doesn’t have very many leaves on it.

    • Madeline Lloyd

      Here is a photo of the tree.

    • Madeline, this is most likely because the blooms are not getting pollinated. Being indoors, they are not getting pollinated naturally by insects or bees.

      In this case, you have 2 options…
      1) Once the tree begins to flower, move it outside if temperatures are above 50F. This will allow it to naturally be pollinated by insects.

      2) Hand pollinate. Here is a quick guide we wrote on the subject… http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/blog/hand-pollination-quick-guide/

      • Madeline Lloyd

        I will try this, thank you!

  • Lorraine

    My tree has many small lemons (1/4″) but they are turning yellow or black and falling off before they get big. Although there are a number of large green lemons on the tree and look like those ones are doing fine. Just concerned that I lost so many of the little ones that riped super small.

    • This happens frequently to citrus. Normally it is a nitrogen deficiency as the fruit is trying to set. We recommend fertilizing your tree as it is in the process of blooming. This will give it a shot of nutrients that will assist in setting the fruit.

  • Laura

    I have had my Meyer lemon since 1988 lately the leaves are pointing straight up,although it looks great other than that, any thoughts?

    • This sounds normal, specially for an older citrus tree. You may be slightly overwatering it, in this case ONLY water when the soil is dry 2 inches below the surface. You can easily test this by sticking your finger in the soil to determine if it is still wet or dry.

  • Laurie Thomson

    I planted my tree in the Spring. It took some time to adjust, but now is looking pretty good. I am wondering, however why all the copious flowers fell off? There were plenty of bees and hummingbirds around to pollinate. Am I doing something wrong, or is this normal for a young tree?

    • Fruit normally sets on citrus trees at any age. This is a common issue with all citrus. Normally it is cause by lack of nitrogen when setting fruit. We recommend fertilizing your tree with a liquid fast-acting fertilizer when the tree is blooming. This will help provide it with the proper nutrients when it is setting the fruit.

  • Miller Family

    Our lemon and lime trees are about 4 and 3 yrs old respectively – we live in PA and moved in Dec. the trees are pushing lots of green leaves but no flowers. Any idea why? Could it possibly be that we now have a water softener?

    • The water should not have an effect on the flowering. We would recommend giving your tree a good dose of fertilizer to encourage flowering. Espoma Citrus-Tone is a great product, just make sure to follow directions on the packaging.

  • Hennyskie

    I have my improved meyer lemon for a yr now. When I bought it at my local nursery it was blooming then eventually produce fruits, harvested it last spring. During that time i have it indoors in my son’s room where it gets sunlight during winter months. I noticed towards the end of winter the leaves were starting to turn yellow and eventually fell off by the time I took it outside when the weather was not cold enough it had a few leaves left (I thought it was dying already). Now it has a lot of leaves. Full green leaves but no flowers. Also I noticed that some of the brances had thorns. I am doing something wrong that its not blooming?

  • Kjeil

    Have you seen this before? The skin on my lemons is kind of hard and discolored.

    • That is most likely some type of fungal disease. This can occur if you have had hot , rainy weather for a period of time. There is not much you can do this season, just pick off the infected fruit and dispose away from your trees.

      • Kjeil

        Thank you.

  • Jeff Bliemel

    In 2014 I bought a Meyer tree with a dozen small fruit. Planted it in Marathon in the FL Keys using 2 cu. ft of potting soil. The fruit grew and I ended up with a couple of the most beautiful lemons. Since then I have seen no flowers or fruit. The tree seems healthy and needs a little pruning but I use citrus fertilizer per the directions and no flowers. Is it too hot in the keys?

    • The Keys are a perfect place for growing citrus. I would recommend pruning your tree and trying to force some blooms. However, I would wait until late January in your area to do this. 3-4 weeks after pruning you should start to see new growth and blooms. Also, lay off the fertilizer for a while until your tree starts to flower. Once the flowers start to open, give it a healthy does of fertilizer, this will assist in ‘setting’ the fruit.

      • Jeff Bliemel

        Thanks. Other than pruning, can anything else be done to force blooming?

        • You can try to stress it into blooming by reducing the amount of water it receives. Do not eliminate water, but watch it closely and if you see droopy leaves or lightly colored leaves you can water. This is a bit risky as prolonged drought can affect the overall health of the plant, but it should force it to bloom. Avoid using fertilizer during this process.

  • sherry

    my lemon tree is almost 2 years when should it start showing blooms or give fruit?

    • Sherry, good news! This should be the year you see blooms. Just keep it watered and well fed and you should be good to go!

  • Vicki

    I get a lot of blooms but never very many lemons. What could I be doing wrong

    • Normally this is completely due to the fact the blooms were never pollinated. Step #5 above has some good information on how to make this happen whether the tree is indoors or out.

  • Barbara

    I have a Meyer improved lemon tree I planted in my yard Fall 13. (I live in the Savannah area.) It started blooming Fall 15, then again Spring 16 and now Fall 16. It produces so many lemons I have literally pruned off 300 golf ball sized lemons at a time so the rest can develop. Is there a way to STOP my tree from producing so much fruit? I’m afraid it’s fruiting at the expense of canopy growth. I only fertilized it twice this year (March and June) using the recommended amount on the bag. I deliberately skipped the last recommended feeding to try to discourage a fall flowering. Any ideas?

    • The best way would be to pick the blooms before they have a chance to develop fruit. I would not recommend skipping feedings as this could lead to long term health impacts. It sounds like your tree is doing great and producing abundantly! Just pick of the flowers you do not want and leave maybe 1-2 per branch to develop into fruit.

  • David Holland

    I have a 6 yr old meyer lemon tree that fruited regularly till I moved to a new location about 2-1/2 yrs ago. Conditions are ideal here as well, but it seems something is getting in the way. The tree leafed out recently and is blooming all over. But the blooms die quickly and seem to have a “rust” on them. Some of the new growth has leafminer as well.

    What’s the best approach?

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  • Diane L Thompson

    I started a Meyer Lemon tree from a seed and it is about 4 yr. old. Never has bloomed. I keep it outside in the summer here in Indiana and I bring it into the sun room in the winter. It has been seeping sticky stuff on the plant and surrounding carpeting. Why is this sticky stuff coming out on the leaves? I took it outside today and washed with mild soapy water and rinsed it. I am going to have to keep it in the garage if this continues. Why do these citrus trees secret the sticky stuff. I have a tangerine tree that I started about 3 years ago and it is doing the same thing.

    • This sounds like normal sap secretion. It happens often throughout the year and is not an issue to worry about. Lemon trees from seed will have a difficult time growing and blooming as their seed is not an exact clone of the mother tree and thus can have mutations while growing.

  • Joe Nocella

    Hi, I purchased my meyer lemon from fast-growing-trees about two years ago. It really hasn’t produced any fruit but now I have many blooms. I had to bring it indoors but I have no sunny location so I have it under a bright fluorescent light. I don’t want to screw this up since this is the first time I’ve seen so many blooms. I will hand pollinate. Is there anything else I should be aware of? I’m looking forward to some lemons finally! This summer I upgraded the pot and the soil and used citrus fertilizer spikes. The tree looks pretty healthy. Thanks for your help.
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    • Joe, great news! The fertilizer spikes seem to be helping. Honestly, if you have fertilizer spikes in place, there is nothing else to do, keep it watered thoroughly and you should see success. Do not be alarmed if not every bloom sets fruit as the tree will self regulate which blooms it thinks are best to produce. Keep us updated with your progress!

      • Joe Nocella

        OK. thanks. I added some epsom salt to the water yesterday. I’ve read this helps keep the tree healthy also. I will just keep it as is and continue to pollinate as the blooms open up. I was afraid they would all start dropping off and I would wind up with nothing.

  • My meyer lemon tree (10+ years old) has been pruned way too high. First branches start at 5′ … can I prune to just off the ground to start over? In other words, can you over-prune and damage a meyer lemon?

    • Joe, you can prune in back heavily, but it does come with a risk of not growing back. You need to ensure you done prune below the graft or else you will never get the correct growth. My suggestion would be to prune back to 18 inches above the ground. It may take 2-3 years to come back, but you should see good growth this spring.

  • Dustytoes

    It is the end of December and I live in central Florida. My newly planted Meyer Lemon tree has flowers. Isn’t this too early in the season for that?
    Also, can many types of citrus be planted near each other or is that a bad idea?

    • It is a bit early in the season for flowers on your citrus. However, this can happen when citrus is in a container as it is often not on the same time schedule as citrus planted in the ground in your area. I would not worry about it as it will acclimate itself over the next year.

      You can definately plant multiple citrus trees near each other, it will only help in pollination.

      • Dustytoes

        Thanks very much for the info!

  • Novice owner

    I brought my lemon tree in for the winter as I live in zone7. It now has droopy leaves, any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Sounds like it may be going into a state of shock. Make sure it is receiving ample light, in the south or western side of your home and you water at least once a week.

      • Novice owner

        is it possible to use a grow light and if so do you have a recommendation?

        • We would recommend an HID grow light. This will promote vegetation growth as 5you do not want your lemon to bloom this early. When nighttime temps get above 50F, gradually move your tree outside so it will start to produce flowers.

      • Novice owner

        oddly enough it is producing flowers now

        • this is OK as it is definitely stressed. Just add the grow light and simply keep it watered, do not add fertilizer until it starts to bloom again in the spring.

  • Leslie

    I have a six year old meyer lemon tree. It blooms and I get fruit, but only from the oldest branches at the base of the tree. The tall grafted part of the tree has yet to give fruit. It occasionally blooms, but never keeps the fruit. I don’t want to complain because the oldest branches currently have six lemons on them (the most so far). My tree is in a pot on our balcony in Los Angeles. What is the reason that my tree only partially bears fruit? It is about to bloom now, but only the older branches.

  • Laura Leonard

    hi, my tree is about 4 years old, it is starting to bloom and get buds, is it too late to transplant to a larger pot?

    • Amanda

      Hi Laura! We recommend waiting until you harvest this crop of lemons before you transplant it. If you transplant it during blooming/fruiting, it could shock the tree.

  • Mark Wilson

    Purchased a meyer lemon tree last spring. It did fantastic ! Many blooms and many lemons ! I’m in New England so had to bring it in for the winter. My tree still has many lemons on it. Should I remove the fruit? Best time to remove the fruit? and will removing the fruit give more energy back to the tree to produce blooms? It’s almost spring and am hoping for another good production of lemons.

    • Heidi Awbrey

      As soon as they turn yellow you can pick the fruit, leave some on as it will be good for a few months. Ours turns yellow in October or November and we pick past New Years.

  • Al K

    Hello, I am currently growing three indoor lemon trees that I started from seed (the seeds are from lemons from the grocery store). They are over a year old now and ranging from about 18 inches to almost two feet in height. One is V’ing at the top, the other two have just one main trunk covered in leaves. I am going to be repotting them into larger pots in the next month or so. I am curious, should I be pruning the main truck to promote more branching out? Or should I let them get taller first? Thanks!!

    • AL K,
      This is entirely up to your preference… You are right in that pruning will promote branching, however it may cost you 6-9 months of potential flowering and fruiting, but you will reap the benefits in years to come. Some people prefer more of a bush form as opposed to a tree form… the choice is yours.

  • KnightridersGal

    I live in SoCal and have a 6 year old Meyer lemon tree planted in my yard. Had my first bumper crop of lemons this last Fall. I let the lemons tree ripen, until they fall. When I cut into the lemon, the flesh is yellow. However, the lemon juice and zest are very bitter. I fertilize with citrus fertilizer and it gets plenty of sun and the proper amount of water. Can I prevent the bitterness…what am I doing wrong?

    • Heidi Awbrey

      I don’t wait until they fall, that’s way overripe and they become bitter. Pick them when they turn yellow and don’t eat any that hit the ground.They are even sweet when they start turning and are still green.

  • Christine Bowman

    Well-written and informative article. I’m looking forward to a great harvest!

  • Laura

    Hi my Mayer lemon tree produced a lot of flowers this year. There were bees around it but none of the buds produced fruit.

    • Amanda

      Hello Laura! It sounds like the blooms didn’t get pollinated. Did all the blooms fall off?

  • cutepetgear

    I bought my Meyer Lemon tree a little over a month ago and it had one green fruit about the size of a thumbnail and no blossoms on it at the time. I have it in front of an unobstructed south window and since getting it home, it has bloomed nicely. The bloom period was quite active, so I feel the tree is fairly happy (I am in the Northeast, zone 5?), but that one fruit has not changed at all in size and it’s on a smaller group of branches. Should I remove that one fruit or leave it? It was there before the recent flowering period – which is ending. Thank you!

    • Amanda

      Hi there! We’re sorry for the delay in our response. If that little fruit hasn’t fallen off already, just leave it there. If it doesn’t continue to grow, the tree should abort it naturally.

  • Linda Stormes

    We just bought a little Meyers tree about a month ago. It now has many blooms opening. It came in a 1 gallon pot and I would like to know when is a good time to transplant it to a larger one?

    • Amanda

      Hi Linda! If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to plant your tree in a new container.

  • Priclessrose2

    We just got samba lemon tree and it has little lemons on it do we have to pick them or let them grow?

    • Amanda

      Depending on your climate, Sambo lemons are usually ready to harvest in late fall/early winter. They will be more orange in color and about 3 inches in diameter.

  • Heidi Awbrey

    I have a Meyer that produces like mad every year. This spring we pruned it back hard after a freeze and it’s April 18 and no blooms yet. Should we fertilize?

    • Amanda

      You can certainly try a fertilizer, Heidi. To provide the best balance of nutrients, use a citrus fertilizer and follow the instructions on the label.

  • Jessica Miller

    We have a 3 year old Meyer lemon (potted). I follow everything I read about taking care of Meyer Lemons but my leaves tend to be slightly yellow. I fertilize it and make sure its not over or under watered. It has 2 green lemons but no signs of anymore growth or flowers. How can I prevent the yellow in the leaves they will sometimes fall off too. I don’t know what else to try.

    • Amanda

      Hi Jessica! If your leaves are yellowing, it’s possible your tree is getting too much water or the container isn’t draining properly. Each time you water it, water should puddle out of the bottom of the container.

      • Jessica Miller

        Thank you for your reply! There is a hole in the bottom of the container but I’ve never had water come out of it. The container is quite big it’s 30″ in diameter maybe it’s too deep and that’s why I don’t see water come out? Do you think it could be getting not enough water too? With the yellowing… I just want my lemon tree to grow and be healthy lol. Thank you for our input!! I appreciate it.

  • Amanda

    Hi Christine! We’re sorry for the delay in our response. The leaves could have been yellow from shipping. Hopefully they’ve greened up by now!

  • O Herk

    I had 6 little lemons on my tree but 1 fell off and I don’t know why. Am I maybe doing something wrong?
    also it get windy around 7-12 mph and I wonder if I should bring it inside?
    and is it ok to bring it inside then put it back outside everyday?

    • Amanda

      Sometimes fruit can fall prematurely due to weather conditions, or the tree could have set more fruit than it could support. It would be best to leave it outside all day when temperatures are warm. Creating a wind barrier around it will help during windy conditions.

  • Elizabeth Bobonick

    Hi! I have 2 potted Meyer lemon trees, 1-2 feet tall. Just repotted to give them more room. The pots they arrived in were tiny. They are outside enjoying the sunshine and warmer temps and are growing quickly. I’m wondering when to remove the stakes that they have been bound to since I received them. Can’t seem to find any advice online except for trees planted in the ground. Please advise!
    Thanks!
    Elizabeth

    • Amanda

      Hello Elizabeth! It’s best to remove the nursery stakes that came with your trees. Then you can stake them again using your own supplies if the trees aren’t strong enough to stand up straight on their own. Then check the stakes every few months, and remove them once the trees are able to stand on their own.

  • d

    i planted my dwarf Meyer lemon in a spot that gets very little sunlight daily. Its been planted about 3 weeks. Should I try to move the tree to a spot with more sunlight and less shade?

  • Libby Harbison Leinart

    Can I keep my Meyer lemon tree in the sunroom year round? The sunroom faces southwest.

  • Robin Hicks

    I have a new lemon tree and it’s doing great, lots of little green fruit and more flowers. I did notice that there are several tiny fruit starting that are yellow instead of green and some have fallen off. The plant seems healthy, but wondering what is causing it to start out yellow?

    • Amanda

      Hi Robin! That is very common in young fruit trees. Sometimes the tree will abort any fruit that it can’t sustain. If the rest of the tree looks fine and you’re still growing other healthy lemons, then those few that are falling off shouldn’t be a problem.

      • Robin Hicks

        Thanks for the quick response! I have a lot of new blooms too, should I remove them or just let it do it’s thing?

  • bardos

    I bought and transplanted planted out (in the garden) a small improved Meyer lemon tree about a month ago. It’s kind of a baby maybe a foot tall. Fertilized nicely and kept watered. The leaves are a brilliant green. Only thing is it has not sprouted any new growth at all during this time. None… Looks healthy, but no new shoots or sprouts… Wondering what’s happening… I’m in Hawaii

  • Dabney Gordon

    I bought my lemon tree in November (it’s about 2.5 – 3 feet tall), and I have it indoors on a Southwest facing window in western Pennsylvania. I think it gets sufficient light. We had lots of blooms, and lots of fruit, but all have dropped off while they were still small except about 4-5 lemons have stayed on and are about 2 inches. Fingers crossed they stay on until mature! Anyways, it’s still in the black plastic pot I bought it in. Should I repot to a bigger pot? There are lots of exposed small roots on the top of soil. Will it disturb my growing lemons if I repot right now? Thanks greatly in advance. I mist 2x per day and water 2x per week- looks fairly healthy otherwise, but leaves occasionally yellow and fall off and the leaves have a slight droop.

  • Marianna4444

    Hey! I did not buy a Meyer lemon, but I have a lemon seed I just planted and I’m not sure if it’s organic. Is there any way to ensure it will bear fruit? Hugs from Peru, Marianna

  • Linda Bromley
  • cutepetgear

    I bought a Meyer Lemon tree in late February. I live in the Northeast US and it’s been in a south window. It flowered beautifully and I assisted with the pollination. It initially sprouted 18 fruits. Two have since fallen off. Some of the fruit is growing faster than others. The tree has started to flower again, with the 16 small fruits still on the tree. Suddenly the leaves are yellowing at a drastic rate and falling off. I am using a grow light to supplement for our gloomy spring. I waited to water it until I could not feel any moisture over two inches into the soil and I checked that the pot is draining when I water. The nursery gave me Botanica brand Maxsea acid plant food and I used that the first time I watered, but not the most recent time I watered. I am obsessing about these yellowing, dropping leaves as I do not see any new leaves replacing them (and the ones remaining are drooping down) – and overall it has not gotten taller. Yet it’s pushing out these new flowers right now. What’s going on? Is my tree sick or in need of a nutrient I am not giving it? Thanks for any advice. I love this tree and I don’t want to lose it.

  • Bill Schmigle

    We live in Naples Florida, and bought our Meyer Lemon tree 3 years ago. The first year we had dozens of flowers and about a dozen perfect lemons. The second year many blossoms but only one lemon. Last year we transplanted from the pot to the ground, trimmed the multiple trunks to one . The tree rapidly grew to 6 plus feet tall and nicely shaped, but no blossoms or fruit. Last fall we trimmed the tree by at least 18 ” on every branch. The trunk is now 2.5″ in diameter, 10′ tall and 5′ in diameter, but still no blossoms. We were fertilizing with citrus fertilizer quarterly but discontinued 6 months ago. What’s up?

    • Amanda

      Hi Bill! We’re sorry to hear about your tree failing to bloom. Otherwise, it sounds like your Meyer Lemon is healthy. There could be one or several factors causing your tree not to bloom such as too much water, too much fertilizer and/or not enough sunlight. Your tree only needs water when the top 2-4 inches of the soil is dry. It shouldn’t be fertilized more than once a month, and Meyer Lemon trees require at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. If you’re following all of those guidelines, then it’s possible that it’s just taking some time to acclimate to its transitions.

  • Arati

    Hi
    I received my Meyer lemon tree a month ago from you. It appears you had pruned it back to transport it, so it came tall (3.5-4 feet) but very skinny (with the growth only on top). It appears to be growing slightly wider, but this is really slow. Should I be doing anything to made it start growing wider and fuller rather than taller like a beanpole? Please advise.
    Thank you!

    • Amanda

      Hi there! Thanks for shopping with us! Right now, it’s best to let it continue to grow the way it is. As the tree grows larger, it will eventually fill in. In early fall (or early spring), you can prune it to your desired shape/size.

  • JimSaidSo

    Linda or Amanda, I’m no expert but based on what my plant has done what Linda thinks is the fruit is not the fruit but part of the flower. If you follow the purple stem back towards the stem you will see a green swelling that turns into the fruit. Good Luck

  • Kerri O’Farrell

    We got a tree from a couple months ago. Should I cut off the tie that have it strapped to the metal stake?

  • Randi Jarvis

    I received a VERY tall (6′) Meyer from you a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, it only had 2 branches and both were broken off in shipping so I ended up with a columnar (haha!). With the guidance of Vicki there at FGT, I cleaned up both wounds completely flush and removed approximately 18″ directly above the top-most wound. It didn’t die (whew!) but it did the strangest thing — instead of shooting from the upper and middle nodes, it shot from the top-most and the bottom-most – so it’s gone from a columnar to a, sort-of sideways ‘Z’ with 3+’ between the branches! (what?) The new growth is super healthy and is 2’+ on each branch with HUGE leaves so it’s doing good, given it’s confusion. All that being said, I know there’s no way for this poor thing to support itself like this forever so I’m curious if you’ve ever had any success air layering a Meyer? I know that, if successful, the top part will no longer be a dwarf (although they’d still be genetically identical) and will have to go in the ground but I’m OK with that since I’d still have the bottom as my little dwarf. If you have been successful or have any tips on how to do it or when it should be done, I’d love to hear! Thanks in advance!

  • Anne Bacher

    What would you suggest as the best lighting setup for overwintering indoors? I bought a young Meyer lemon in early January and kept it healthy with the “sun” light from a craft lamp, but it didn’t really even start to wake up here in the Pittsburgh PA area (zone 6 but on the milder end as we are right on the Ohio River)until I put it outside in late April. Now I finally got my first blossom, and it is loaded with beautiful new leaves. I want to make sure – when I bring it in the house for this coming winter – that I get appropriate lighting to carry it through to fruit maturation and a healthy return for next spring outdoors.

  • Anne Bacher

    This link is no longer working – or at least not when I tried it just now. Since I live in western PA, this info would also be very helpful to me.