Improved Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemon (Citrus limon ‘Meyer Improved’)
Improved Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemon
The Improved Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree (Citrus limon ‘Meyer Improved’) is a semi-dwarf variety that produces exceptional fruit on a smaller plant. It is expertly grafted onto a semi-dwarfing rootstock that has resistance to the Tristeza virus. Improved Meyer Lemon Trees get their improvement by being derived from thoroughly tested, virus-free plant material, so you don’t need to worry about any issues arriving with the tree! These are perfect Citrus trees – especially in terms of ease of care and large fruit set, Meyer Lemons are the number one citrus grown worldwide!
Fortunately, it’s easy to grow your own! If you live where winter temps dip below 35°F, simply plant it in a container and protect it from frost! You’ll bring the trees indoors, and put them in front of your sunniest window during the winter months! Plus you’ll enjoy a fantastic houseplant and summer patio accent! You’ll love the compact, upright growth habit, and glossy, dark green evergreen leaves give a tropical flair to your landscape.
Meyer Lemon trees are said to have a Mandarin Orange parent That’s why the fruit is yellow-orange in color, with a thinner, smooth rind – and the fruit is medium-sized short elliptical in shape. It’s also why the ripe fruit is sweeter than a true lemon and has a hint of orange flavor. The Meyer is a winner for fresh eating and lemonade.
Meyer Lemons are not reliably available in grocery stores. Even though they win taste tests, they just don’t ship well with their thin rind. Meyer Lemons are rounder than traditional lemons and are slightly less acidic, though they maintain their tart lemon quality while the skin is yellow. Once the skin turns light orange, it’ll get even sweeter. The flesh, juice, and rind are all highly prized by chefs. The Meyer Lemon is included with most all recipes requiring lemons. Good with fish, great in marinades, with tea and to make a fresh lemon pie. Many prefer the Meyer over the traditional lemon.
The trees are equally remarkable as houseplants, ornamental patio plants, or as a unique focal point with year-round glossy foliage. Plant by your patio for easy access to its wonderful fruit and that redolent citrus fragrance that perfumes your home in late fall and early spring. It’s hard to believe how well those tiny white, fragrant flowers can freshen your home with the clean, crisp scent of fresh citrus!
Used as a shrubby plant or trained into a tree, you’ll gain a wonderfully productive barrier! Growing slightly taller and wider than the Dwarf Meyer Lemon, semi-dwarfing rootstock enables these trees to attain a 10-15 foot mature height. Site these trees to block out the hot afternoon sun. This is a fabulous plant for an evergreen hedge and privacy screen! Grown in the ground with the lowest branches pruned up and back to a single trunk, the Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemon makes a great evergreen accent tree in the landscape.
You can also plant your Semi-Dwarf Improved Meyer Lemon in a container and enjoy the fruit and the ornamental quality on the patio or as a container specimen in the landscape! The Meyer is one of the more dependably productive container fruit trees you can grow. For indoor/outdoor growers, the Meyer Lemon is an easy one to get started with!
Lemon Trees are adapted to a wide range of growing conditions across the United States, and the Improved Meyer Lemon tree is one of the most versatile of all citrus plants and fruits. These are among the easiest citrus for novice gardeners to grow!
These trees can be easily pruned to accommodate different landscape settings, as well. These semi-dwarf trees can be kept to less than four feet tall, and still remain very productive.
For best fruiting, prune out any crossing branches, and non-fruiting branches that grow straight upwards. You can also prune off the lower side limbs to keep a single-trunked tree form. Remove branches that grow towards the center of the plant. You’ll want to encourage enough air circulation in the middle of your tree.
Indoor citrus prefers a lower pH soil around 6.0 to 6.5, so plant using an acid planting mix. Add Pathway bark at the rate of 25% of the total volume of your container. Adding acidic bark will support soil structure for a long time your plant will be in the pot.
If you’ll be growing it in a decorative container, please make sure the pot has plenty of drainage holes. You may want to drill additional holes in your pot, as Improved Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemons will not tolerate sitting in standing water!
Container citrus should be fertilized quarterly using an acid-based fertilizer like Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Fertilizer.
For indoor winter care, be sure to transition your tree indoors and then back outside again. Watch our video on how to successfully bring citrus indoors for the winter.
For both indoor and outdoor growing, create the most favorable conditions indoors to assist in fruit ripening and flowering. A bright, sun-filled location is important, as is a location away from heat sources. Finally, be careful about overwatering when indoors. These conditions will help to assure a healthy, fruitful plant.
After the blooms pass, clusters of lemons will appear and begin to ripen. Heavy, dependable fruit production year after year is one of the biggest reasons for this tree’s popularity! Bright sunlight, moderate temperatures, humidity, and proper watering play a big role in a successful crop.
Pollination can occur indoors without your assistance because of these self-pollinating blooms! But, you might want to give your indoor trees a helping hand. When in bloom, lightly shake the blooming branches or dab at them with a paintbrush. This will replicate the movement of outdoor breezes, so use a very gentle touch.
The fruit set is very dependent even indoors! You’ll want to find a good spot indoors, such as a sunny window, in greenhouses or sunrooms are all very good locations. However, during the first season, thin any excessive fruit set can interfere with the tree’s vegetative growth. Just leave a few fruits to enjoy and look forward to the larger crops in the future!
You’ll know when your lemons are ripe when the rind is bright yellow, but you can enjoy them until they ripen to a light orange. When picked at this time, your Meyer lemonade will require no additional sugar.
You, your family and your friends will love having access to these amazing, delicious lemons with their tremendous depth of flavor.
|Common name||Improved Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemon|
|Botanical name||Citrus limon 'Meyer Improved'|
|Plant type||Broad-Leaved Evergreen|
|Hardiness zone||9-11 (Patio 4-11)|
|Height||10 - 15 ft.|
|Width||10 - 12 ft.|
|Soil condition||Well Drained Soil|
|Pruning time||After Fruiting|