How do you grow meyer lemons?
16 July 2012 04:20 AM
Meyer lemon (Citrus limon 'Meyer') is a hardy lemon that can produce lots of fruit over much of the year. The decorative yellow juicy fruit is sweeter and less acidic than other lemons such as Eureka and Lisbon so is perfect for juicing.
Meyer lemons can grow up to 5 m tall or around 2.5 m for dwarf grafted trees, which are ideal for growing in smaller spaces and also pots. They'll grow in all but the coldest areas and do best in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day.
In addition to the bright yellow fruit, Meyer lemons also have glossy green leaves and sweetly perfumed white flowers in spring, so they're both beautiful and delicious!
Spring is an ideal time to plant a new citrus tree like a Meyer lemon. Here are some tips:
When planting citrus into containers, choose a well drained pot that's at least 40 cm in diameter (a Yates Tuscan pot is ideal) and use a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.
When planting a new citrus tree into the ground, mix some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the bottom of the planting hole. Yates Dynamic Lifter improves the quality of the soil and supplies the newly planted lemon with gentle, organic nutrients as it establishes.
Keep the new tree well watered, particularly during its first summer. It's also beneficial to apply a few centimetres of mulch over the soil (or potting mix) surface, which will help the root zone stay moist.
Keep the mulch a few centimetres away from the trunk to allow good air flow and reduce the chance of collar rot disease.
Lemons, like other citrus, are heavy feeders and require lots of nutrients to support all the foliage, flowers and developing fruit. While trees are flowering, growing new foliage or carrying fruit, feed every 8 weeks with Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food. Sprinkle the pellets around the root zone and water in well.