MY MEYER LEMON TREE

Post last updated: October 3rd, 2018

I have begun to use my 2015 crop of Meyer lemons. This year’s crop of 5 is bigger than the 2014 crop of 3.  I am looking forward to a larger crop each year.

June 28, 2015
June 28, 2015 — 5 lemons

That is not a weed in the lemon pot. It’s a naturally occurring fern whose name I can’t remember.

October 21 - 4 left
October 21, 2015 – 4 left

 

What I have always liked about the Meyer lemon is the less astringent flavor. It doesn’t have the “pucker to the 10th power” like you get with grocery store lemons because it is a cross between a lemon and an orange. Meyer lemons were brought to the United States from China in 1908 by a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee, Frank N. Meyer. He was responsible for over 2,500 plant introductions during his career.

This USDA link has a photo of Meyer and a Certificate he used to introduce himself in his travels.

The Meyer lemon was a carrier of the citrus tristeza virus and an ‘Improved Meyer Lemon’ was not developed until the 1950’s.

Here is a link to 100 things you can do with a Meyer lemon.

Like a lot of my articles, I will come back and add photos or more information. This article definitely needs a photo of the Meyer lemon blooms. With blogging, your work is never published “once and for all.” Blogging experts tell you to write a new post when you get new information on a subject but I don’t have that kind of personality. I want all nice and neat in one place.

18 thoughts on “MY MEYER LEMON TREE”

  1. Thanks for the link for ideas … I have about a dozen nearly ripe on my little potted Meyer lemon. Can’t take much credit for it–it was well in bloom when I bought it. The real test will be next year!

    1. Wendy – Your little tree must be bigger than mine to get a dozen! I was in Lowes and Home Depot the other day and one of them (can’t remember which) had really tall Meyer lemon trees for around $39, if I read the card right. I’m tempted to get one and plant it in the ground and keep this little one in the greenhouse every year as a back up in case the big one froze.

  2. I’m glad you got more fruit this year. I miss the tree I had for years, but I don’t miss lugging it back and forth in and out of the house for the seasons. It never really produced all that well either. Have a glass of tea with lemon for me please.

  3. that’s a handy link, I don’t grow lemons but often get fruit from friends that do. As for blogging experts, one of the things I love about blogs is that they are all different, reflecting our personalities. They’re our blogs, and there are no rules.

  4. I like Meyer lemons a lot – how great you have a tree with them! I have tiny citrus sprigs that are supposed to turn into trees, but I don’t think they’ve grown an inch in the last year. Have I mentioned I’m terrible with indoor plants? They actually lost most of their leaves and came close to dying until I put them outside for the summer. Now for another cycle of possible death now that they are in for the winter…

  5. Such a cute little meyer lemon! My favorite lemon too and I agree the fruit can get really huge. For some reason mine did not bloom this spring but suddenly burst into bloom in the summer so although it now has lots of lemons they are going to be really late. I’m in Central Florida too so it made no sense!
    Enjoy yours!

    Kate

      1. Yes, so weird! It gets plenty of sun and has never done this before, but at least its got plenty of lemons on it now even if they are somewhat late! Enjoy yours!

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