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.

    • Deborah Rennie Signor

      I need some help. I have been nurturing a meyer lemon tree for two years now. It was started from seed by a friend. It grew from 30″ to 80″ last year. It had one main stem. I cut it down to 50″ during the fall. Now it has two branches coming out from the cut, making the tree a “T” shape. The leaves on those branches are huge. What is my next pruning move. I am stuck on how to proceed.

  • 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… https://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.

  • Onelove

    Hi! This is a great article – thanks! I am wondering about how to best support heavy fruit on not-so-thick branches on my meyer lemon plants. As the fruit matures, they always weigh down the branches and I have recently had two large but green lemons snap off. 🙁 My plants are both outdoors, about 18 inches high and wide, and in pots. Also – Is there any way to ripen large but green lemons that have fallen off the plant? Thank you!

  • duane

    What causes blossoms to drop off . I know it’s natures way of thinning. but mine gets thinned to almost nothing.

  • Sarah Green

    Hello! I got my Meyer lemon tree from a local nursery in December (keep in mind that where i live, it never gets below 50 degrees). I was told that the climate here is so ideal for citrus that they have had customers say that they had to freeze the juice from some lemons because they were getting too many year around! They were right. My tree has 15 lemon sized lemons on it, each bigger than a baseball. However, they are not turning yellow! I re-potted the tree in a container twice the size of the one it came in right when i got home so it had room to grow (I’ve had space issues in the past that had stunted my other plants growth, so that was my first concern). It started to bud up right away in January, a month after purchase. I live in south Texas and it’s about 103 degrees here everyday, now that it’s summer, with little to no rain. I was advised to water them daily in this heat because the soil gets dry pretty fast. The local nursery waters them everyday to every other day. I started watering it more often, along with my other plants. This advice sped up the growth of my lemons, and the health of my leaves, tremendously.. but still not a hint of yellow on my fruit. They have been this size for a little over a month now. I also sprinkle on lemon/avocado plant food once every month and a half. Still nothing. What am i doing wrong? Am i just being impatient?

  • Alesha Harcourt

    Hi, thanks for all the good info. Last year, my 2 meyer lemon trees produced 2 large buckets full of deliciousness. This season, not even 1 bloom! What are your thoughts?

    • Amanda

      Hi Alesha! That’s great that you got a lot of lemons last year! There could be one or several factors affecting your tree this year. Is it planted in the ground, or is it in a container? What is your zip code?

      • Alesha Harcourt

        Hi Amanda and thank you for replying. The trees are planted in the ground and we live in the 77386 zip code.

  • Candlelite

    I live in Wisconsin and my tree has been growing lemons since January. They are still green. How long do I need to wait? They are not showing signs of turning yellow.

    • Amanda

      We’re sorry for the delay in our response! It could take several months for the lemons to completely ripen. Since this was posted 2 months ago, how do your lemons look now? Were you able to finally harvest them?

      • Candlelite

        Hi, thanks, did pick them. They were real pretty and sour too, lol. I have another one I just picked and another one growing. They seem to like epsom salt once in a while. Is that good? Is there anything else I could try?

        • Amanda

          Great! Epsom salt is really good for plants. It is also recommended to apply 2 to 3 inches of organic matter under the canopy of the tree to conserve moisture. An Improved Meyer lemon tree must be fertilized every four to six weeks from February to August to ensure a healthy grow cycle.

  • Alesha Harcourt

    Will do! Thanks so much!

    • Amanda

      You’re welcome!

  • Nancy Nixon

    We were given a Meyer Lemon tree that was well established. We have had in for at least 20 years. It is on a drip system and the tree produces beautiful bright yellow lemons but when you cut into them they are dry and useless. Is it because we have it on a drip? The drip goes off every day for 10 minutes. Leaves are healthy and bright. Lots of blossoms too! So disappointing

    • Amanda

      Hello Nancy! We are sorry for the delay in our response! If your lemons are dry on the inside, it could be from under-watering the tree or a lack of nitrogen in the tree. 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 around the base of the tree and count to 20. Moisten the soil, don’t over saturate it. Also 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.

      • Nancy

        Thank you for so much information! I really appreciate it

  • sandy jefferson

    Christmas 2016 I was gifted 2 lemon trees. 1 Meyer and 1 Ponderosa. I was SO excited! I am in zone 9 (B, I think), I left them in the pots because they had fruit and flowers. The fruit dropped but then the flowers gave me lemons! I told myself that I would put them in bigger pots once I got the first harvest. I protected them thru the hurricane and then left them for a couple of days. Unfortunately, my Ponderosa dried out enough to tip over from the weight of the huge fruits and I lost 2 lemons which were just beginning to turn yellow. My question is this: Will citrus continue to ripen once off the tree?

    • Amanda

      Sorry to hear that your Ponderosa tree fell over! In the future, you can try staking the tree when it has fruit on it to keep it from falling over. As for the lemons that fell off, unfortunately, they do not truly ripen once they are off the tree. However, you can try placing them in a bright location to allow them to turn more yellow and soften. The taste will not change, though.

  • Docgary1

    I purchased a small Meyer Lemon tree last may, 2017.
    I live in nj
    I kept the tree in its original pot , following instructions for watering and fertilizer
    Initial fruit was 2-3 medium sized lemons.
    Now, in October, the tree has grown 11-12 Beatiful
    Lemons with 2 fruit 60-70% yellow

    I am planning to Bring the tree inside by nov.

    Any issues waiting until spring to RE-pot?
    Recommend using fertilizer while indoors?

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  • Carol Weill

    Can you use coffee grounds or tea leaves to fertilize in lieu of buying commercial fertilizer? I know it contributes to creating a healthy acid soil but would it be enough for healthy lemon trees?

  • Tiffany

    My lemon tree has flies! How do I get rid of these?

    • Amanda

      Hello Tiffany! We’re sorry to hear that. You can apply an organic insecticide or Neem oil to help with pests.

      • Tiffany

        Thank you for replying!! Will they go into other plants? Its cold here in Wa now so I’ve brought the lemon tree inside along with some succulent planters and a Norfolk Pine. Should I do this with all of them?

      • Kara Antonelli-Keahon

        Hi Amanda. I too have little tiny flies around my meyer lemons. I have a few sticky traps hanging off of them that catch and kill a lot of them. When you mentioned the neem oil, do you spray it on the tree or the soil or both??

  • Ramona Lease

    I bought a small meyer lemon tree last summer, was just a stick with 3 leaves on it. It was growing good until I had to bring it into the garage due to cold weather. The leaves are curling, turning yellow and dropping. I think I’m over watering it and I just fertilized it with citrus feed. Is over watering it the problem? Or could it be a combination of things I’m doing wrong?

    • Amanda

      Hi Ramona! We’re sorry to hear that your Meyer Lemon tree is declining now that it’s inside. Your tree should only need water when the soil is dry about 2 inches below the soil-line. You can check it every few days with your finger. If it still feels wet, it doesn’t need water.

      It also needs at least 6 hours of light a day whether that be from a nearby window or artificial lighting right above the plant. Is it getting any sunlight in your garage?

      • Ramona Lease

        No sunlight but have a fluorescent light above and slightly off centered above the tree. Fertilized it and haven’t noticed any leaves falling but some are beginning to turn light yellow.

  • I started growing, Meyer 3yrs ago, Lisbon, and Eureka 2yrs ago. From seed, and Organically grown. To date i have about 17-20 growing, and just planted 3 more. Planning on selling so be sure to follow me, to see the growth, and goals, and issues we face through the years to come. I have lots to learn.

    • Roofiss

      Maya Lemunz

  • Bill Debany

    We got our tree in May 2015 and it has not really produced well. We are in zone 8 in SC and have been keeping the tree outside from spring to late fall. There are 5 green lemons on it now that have just a tinge of yellow. My wife thinks we should keep it outside for the winter but I’m afraid it will cause the fruit not to ripen. What are your thoughts.

  • Jeri92117

    I planted my Meyer lemon tree 25 years ago, up till this year I had loads of lemons 9 months in a year, the tree must be semi dwarf, it got wide, but not tall. This year lemons are small, not very juicy and they all turned yellow about same time. Tree looks healthy, but I worry the soil may be all used up.So I fertilized it with citrus fertilizer, and put on few bags of compost. Any other ideas how to save this tree? oh my son was taking care of my house for 2 months this spring,when we came back the tree was super green, maybe he over watered it? thank you in advance !

    • Amanda

      Amending the soil should definitely help! You could also try pruning it to allow nutrients to focus on main, fruit-producing branches. It should stay wide and branched out. In early spring, look for branches that are growing straight upwards. Generally they aren’t fruit producing branches, which means you can safely remove them. Also, remove any damaged or crossing branches. Make your cuts at 45 degree angles facing upward to promote new growth.

      Also, 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 of 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.

  • Cheryl M

    My plant was doing great until I brought it in for winter. I live in Chicago. I had blooms and four lemons had just started. I was so proud. Once inside, the blooms fell off and then a few leaves and later three lemon. My tree is bare now except for one lemon. Can it be saved? Help!

  • Jeri92117

    Pam, thanks for answering my previous question, I have another one if I can.
    Some critter have been eating my tangerines, now the lemons too.Typically half of the peal will stay on the tree but inside is gone. Every day we lose some citrus fruits. The tree rats or the birds?
    We live near a wild canyons, yet in San Diego city,,,in our fenced yard I have seen tree rats, squirrels, birds, skunks and lizards.. The rat traps just don’t work.
    My question is, how can I tell what is the culprit? and how to protect my fruits and vegies.
    yes they eat my vegetables too. Arugula salad doesn’t last one night!! ,is eaten down to the roots.

    • Richard Amaral

      I had a similar problem most of my fruit and veggies would be ruined whether it’s cherries avocados Exedra exedra nothing stop them until I put a strong nets over the plants.
      good luck

  • Eddie

    I got my lemon tree last spring i live in Chicago and I got some lemons but they were very tiny. I figured it was my first year. I brought them in for the winter and all my leaves dropped and the 4 lemons I had fall off also. Now the tree is bare and the branches are turning dark brown. Is the tree starting to die?

    • KareemAbdul

      Our lemon has had a few rough winters losing many leaves and even seeming sick dropping like “glue” all over.

      Then spring comes with more sunlight and longer days and it takes off again.

      This year however it’s thriving in a new location, and all summer got lots of natural fertilizer has made it blooming and happy. Good luck!

  • Phyllis

    Hi Pam! Can you tell me why my Meyer Lemons only grow on bottom third of tree?

    • Amanda

      Hi Phyllis! There could be one or several factors that cause your fruit to only grow on the bottom of your tree. How old is the tree? Do leaves and flowers grow on the top portion?

      • Phyllis

        I bought a potted dwarf Meyer lemon and for 2-3 years ago and it was Charlie Browns Christmas tree. I the planted in ground 10 years ago and it exploded! We get lots of lemons but only at the bottom

  • Chris Van Eyck

    Got loads of lemons our first year, here in Northern Virginia-excellent result with this tree!

  • Lindy Bullard

    I received my Meyer lemon tree about 3 years ago. It is kept indoors all year round. I have a grow light directly above it, as well as sitting it next to a north facing window (I don’t have a south facing window to put it next to). I just harvested my first lemon. I let it sit on the tree for about a year before I picked it. It never started to turn an orange or yellow color. Still very green. It sat on he counter for about two weeks before it turned yellow. What did I do wrong?

    • Amanda

      Hello Lindy! If it’s been longer than 9 months and the lemon never turned yellow on the tree, it could be due to a lack of sunlight. Make sure your tree is getting at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, whether from the grow light or from the window.

  • Deb Mccormick-Cusumano

    I have 2, four year old Meyer trees that are potted and have been providing 20-30 lemons for the last two years, I am in Atlanta and bring them inside when it gets too cold so they are usually indoors for about 2 months. They have lost a great deal of leaves over the last two years and I am wondering if I can skip a fruit cycle to encourage tree and leave growth. I can pinch off the blossoms before they open as the are just starting to blossom again now. Thanks for the input!

  • Ruzanna Barczynski

    Hello,
    I have a grafted Kishu mandarin but it’s not growing, I was affected by scales but i got rid of them. It locates on the south facing window under the grow light but not showing any growth for 2 years now. I fertilize with Citrus tone, and sometimes epsom salt, and sometimes Epsoma Organic Bloom booster. What can be the problem. Plus I notices in my Meyer Lemon planted bush some skinny worms with many leggs. What are those? They don’t seam like ruining my lemon bush since that one doing grate compare to kishu mandarin bush.
    Thank you

  • Ruzanna Barczynski

    Hello,
    I have a grafted Kishu mandarin but it’s not growing, It was infected with scales but I got rid of them. It locates on the south facing window under the grow light, but not showing any growth for 2 years now. I fertilize with Citrus tone, and sometimes Epsom salt, and sometimes Epsoma Organic Bloom booster. What can be the problem? Plus I noticed in my Meyer Lemon potted bush some skinny worms with many leggs. What are those? They don’t seam like ruining my lemon bush since that one doing great compare to kishu mandarin bush.
    Thank you

    • Amanda

      Hi there! Make sure your mandarin tree is getting at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. You may need a full spectrum bulb in your grow light, if you don’t have one already. Your tree should only need water when the soil is dry about 2 inches below the soil-line, and the container should be well-draining. When you water it, slowly pour the water until you see water begin to flow from the base of the container. You’ll need a saucer underneath to catch the flow. The fertilizer you are giving it should definitely help boost its growth.

      As for the bugs on your Meyer Lemon, those could be mealy bugs. They are common on citrus trees if they are over-watered or over-fertilized. Try applying Neem oil every 1 to 2 weeks to get rid of them.

      • Ruzanna Barczynski

        Hello Amanda,
        No, my all citruses are growing under the grow light they get at least 10 hours of light every day. And those worms with many legs are inside in the soil and not on the leaves. I saw few hard shelled scales on my Kishu mandarin, then it lost all the leaves and now it’s came back but growing way to slow. I water once a week and I have excellent well draining soil when I water on top I see it comes out very good in the saucer. So, I do everything you said and still have a problems.
        Thanks

  • Hogan Mueller

    I started a lemon from seed 3 years ago. It’s about 3 ft high. But it has grown straight up. 1 main stem with 2 smaller branches at the base. Should I trim this main branch to promote branching?

  • Stefani M

    My Meyer lemon tree is doing great (outdoor, planted in the ground, Northern California) but the lemons have LOTS of seeds (average of 12 or more in each lemon). Is there anything I can do to minimize this?

    • Amanda

      Hi Stefani! Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to reduce the amount of seeds in your Meyer Lemons. They naturally contain about 10 seeds per lemon.

  • William

    Hi Amanda, I repotted my Meyers lemon tree into a 15 gallon pot and added additional holes for drainage. I used miracle grow potting soil mixed with perlite. When I watered it ( about 1 gallon ) I don’t see any water draining into the catch pan below. My moister gauge says it’s wet even after a week. What am I doing wrong?

  • Donna

    i got 145 beautiful Meyer lemons from my tree one year, and about 90 per year after that. Now the tree has stopped making lemons but makes huge unpalatable sour oranges with many seeds. Should i just chop the tree down and start over?

    • Peggy

      Donna, we had an orange tree that froze back to the root stock of sour oranges. I decided to use lemon aide recipe with the oranges as lemons are sour. ( I use more water for lemon aide as it is too strong ) My family loves this drink and I still save money. I had to play with it a bit to get the flavor we liked. It is not as sour as lemonaide.

  • Marisa Sigano Kosinski

    Help! I have a potted lemon tree that was started from seed. It is about 12 feet tall and probably 12 years old too. It looks healthy but has never flowered. It gets little light from an East window but also has a plant light. I put it outside for the new Jersey summers. Is there any hope? I also have a lime tree that I purchase 2 years ago. When I bought it it gad small limes which I got to eat. It had 3 blooms, one at a time last year but none turned into fruit. I tried the paint brush method. It is as a west facing window also with a grow light. It is branching out but it hasn’t flowered since last winter. I also, put it out for the summer. What could I be doing wrong?

    • Marisa Sigano Kosinski

      Thank you. The plant light I am using shows white light even tough it us supposed to be a grow light . Do you think it is enough? Are the red and blue lights more effective?
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      • Amanda

        Your tree looks great! The best lighting for indoor citrus is a full spectrum bulb or fluorescent plant lights. Also make sure the light is hitting all parts of the tree by rotating the container about every three weeks.

        • Marisa Sigano Kosinski

          Any suggestions for the lime tree which is growing like mad but stopped flowering?

          • Amanda

            For your trees to bloom, they need a consistently warm environment where they are getting at least 6 hours of ‘warm’ sunlight a day. You can also try applying a quality organic citrus fertilizer. Look for organic fertilizers formulated perfectly for citrus trees, such as Citrus-tone from Espoma and Dr. Earth Organic 9 Fruit Tree Fertilizer. If you cannot find either of those, you can use palm fertilizer, as they have almost identical requirements. Bear in mind that since you are growing your trees in containers, they will need fertilizing more often than a tree planted in the ground.

  • Ldedwards

    Guess mine is doing great 35-40 lemons last year. Good size, and tree is healthy. I prune just exactly as article directed.

  • bob

    Hello, South Florida here. I just purchased a 7gal tree. dug the hole and placed the tree in the ground. I added quite a lot of Black Kow around the root base. It seems very “mucky”. Should I pull it out and add another type of soil like a good compost mix? Please advise. Thank you. Bob

    • Tsunamiunderpants

      yeah, get it out of that Black Kow. Something suitable and easy to find is the

      Miracle-Gro® Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix.

      • bob

        Thank you

  • elizabeth

    Hello, my Meyer lemon is about 6 years old, kept in a pot, and moved outside/inside according to the season. This past year it had 2 huge displays of blossoms, one in the early summer (outside) and one in January (inside). January’s I pollinated with a paintbrush, looked like hundreds to me Not a single lemon. None. (And I’m sure I got the pollen to stick to the stigma. Definitely.) As for this past Summer’s: another full display of blossoms, but only a half-dozen or so teeny-tiny lemons, which dropped off after they got about 1/2 inch long. Pollination is also not a problem on my deck because there are plenty of bees (I’m a beekeeper).
    Quite frustrating. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your friendly expertise.

  • Ricardo Gomez

    While planting my improved meyer lemon tree in a terra cotta container a week ago in an area where it gets full sun all day, currently it’s been around 50-70 degrees in austin. I accidentally used in ground Miracle-Gro cactus/citrus mix with moisture control and the soil doesn’t let any water out the drain hole. I used perlite to make the soil less dense and also the miracle-Gro quick start. While the tree looks better after the quick start being added, the soil looks dense and not very light, for example after watering, no water came out the drain hole!!! Maybe it just looks dense because it’s not dry? What should I do to prevent it from killing my tree? I was planted it a week ago and it’s about 3ft tall. I’m also a beginner gardener as you could probably already tell.

  • Kimberly Felker

    I have a 4’ tall Meyer lemon I planted a year ago. It’s flowered several times and produces lemons, but it isn’t growing any leaves. Half the leaves it does have are turning yellow and falling off, but it continues to flower. How can I get it to grow leaves and grow taller?

  • Michael Scherbel

    I have two Meyer lemon trees in large pots in Arizona. Both receive the same amount of sun and water. One is loaded with blossoms and the other none. can you help?

    • Amanda

      Hello Michael! Try giving your tree an extra boost with 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. Also make sure the soil in your containers is well-draining. Each time you water your trees, you should see water begin to flow out of the bottom of the container. Once you see the water flow out, that is plenty of water. Then water them again when the soil is dry to the touch about two inches below the soil-line. As for sunlight, both trees should be receiving at least 6 hours a day. Hope this helps!

  • Kara Antonelli-Keahon

    Thank you! I just bought a bottle on Amazon. I made sure to get the one that said 100% cold pressed neem oil.
    Unfortunately my meyer lemon trees took a hit this winter being taken indoors. I have the multi colored lights set above them, a humidifier going about 8hrs a day, a tray with stones under them also. One plant lost most of its leaves and the other about half. A few weeks ago I started to get blooms and have about 10 lemons about the size of cherries on one tree and about 6 on the other with about 10 more flowers. I just fertilized today with Citrus-tone.
    I can’t wait for the weather to finally break so that I can start taking them outside a little at a time.
    That is how you acclimate them back into the outdoors, isn’t it?

    • Amanda

      It sounds like your trees are actually doing great! Yes, that is correct. You want to gradually give them more and more sunlight each day when you first move them outdoors. Morning sun is best!

  • Angela Jackson

    I just purschaed my tree 2 weeks ago, my stem and a few branches have brown lines. The stem is not very green…is my tree okay?

  • Aleforge

    On pruning, when do you know a branch needs cut off? I noticed the ones that don’t produce fruit should be (I had no idea). But is there an indicator that they will never blossom?

  • Gary Ester

    I have a Meyer lemon tree that is about 20 years old and only produced a single lemon the year it was purchased. I have had the tree myself for about 8 years and it has never bloomed. In live in Michigan and the tree spends the winter indoors and is placed outside as soon as weather permits. I have made sure soil and soil conditions are right. Water according to guidelines, and fertilize with fruit tree fertilizer and it has been in a 10 gallon plant container for about 5 years. I also trim according to guidelines. Any suggestions?

  • Gary Ester

    I read in a response below that trees are grafted to orange tree root stock. Here is a photo of the trunk of the tree. It has looked like this since I took possession. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/79f95c0b0e93d53312dbc8ec680dfee3153511c932fd1819d4fa0546c1ce7eb5.jpg

  • Mackenzie Ahrendt

    My house does not have any direct sunlight indoors. Should I use a plant light for my lemon tree for 6 hrs a day? I’m new to caring for trees.

  • Deborah Rennie Signor

    I need some help. I have been nurturing a meyer lemon tree for two years now. It was started from seed by a friend. It grew from 30″ to 80″ last year. It had one main stem. I cut it down to 50″ during the fall. Now it has two branches coming out from the cut, making the tree a “T” shape. The leaves on those branches are huge. What is my next pruning move. I am stuck on how to proceed.

    • Hello Deborah! Right now, it might be best to let it grow a little before pruning it again. Maybe see how it grows on its own through the summer, and try pruning it again next spring.

  • Chris

    I planted mine and this is what it looks like 2 weeks later… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eeaf9d419bbd39ece7f3d3dd374fb4deac2403fc6dfc29ace8595f99b6eb1bcc.jpg
    Pam, I believe it is dead. How do I go about getting a replacement?

  • Erin

    I live in Sun City, CA 92586 zip code which I believe is zone 9A (?). I moved in early last July and am trying to rehab a LONG neglected yard. There is a Meyer Lemon, planted in ground, that is about 20-25 years old or so. When I moved in, it was LOADED with lemons (still green/growing) and eventually kept me, several neighbors, my family well supplied (and then some!!!). In mid-February, I had a gardener trim/clean out the center of the tree, and some “dead wood” from the top and perimeter to open it up a bit. Now it’s the end of May, and a have a lot of set fruit, largest is probably silver dollar size, smallest just set and growing, and still lots of flowers and new buds coming. Tree looks super happy, but some of the small set fruit is turning yellow then black dry and shrivled. In many cases, large set fruit, small, flowers, new buds and a couple yellow or black baby fruit are on the same branch. This has been going on for a month or so and it doesn’t seem to be impacting the rest of the fruit production or tree growth. Since I didn’t live here this time last year I don’t know if maybe it’s normal…self selection maybe? Any clue what may be causing some new fruit to yellow/blacken?