Meyer lemons are a delicious and versatile citrus fruit. They’re perfect for everything from baking to making cocktails. Luckily, they’re also pretty easy to grow.
With a little care and attention, you can have a flourishing Meyer lemon tree right in your own backyard. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Choose the right location
Meyer lemon trees need full sun and well-drained soil. If you live in an area with cold winters, it’s best to plant your tree in a pot so you can bring it inside when the temperature drops.
During the growing season (spring and summer), your tree will need about 1 inch of water per week. Be sure to check the soil before watering. If it’s still moist, you can skipped that week. In the winter, reduce watering to once every two weeks.
Citrus trees like lots of nutrients. Feed your tree once a month during the growing season with a fertilizer made specifically for citrus trees. You can find this at most garden centers or online.
Prune as needed
Pruning helps encourage new growth and keeps your tree healthy. Remove any dead or dying branches, as well as any that are rubbing up against each other. You can also prune back leggy growth to encourage a fuller plant.
Watch for pests and diseases
Aphids, mealybugs, scale, and mites are all common pests that can attack Meyer lemon trees. Diseases like citrus blight and greasy spot can also be problematic. Luckily, there are lots of products available to control both pests and diseases (just be sure to follow the instructions on the label).
With a little love and attention, you can have a Meyer lemon tree that produces healthy fruit for years to come. Just remember to choose the right location, water regularly, fertilize monthly, prune as needed, and watch for pests and diseases. With just a bit of effort, you’ll be reaping the rewards of fresh lemons in no time.