meyer lemon

Meyer Lemon

I love my lemon tree. It sits in a tall pot in my living room amongst some ferns and is in full bloom. Currently, I’d guess that it has about a hundred gorgeous, white, fragrant blooms and a half dozen small fruit. 

Now I would like to tell you that it took extraordinary skill to grow my flower laden lemon. But, to be honest, Mother Nature did 99% of the work.

So I thought I would share how she did it, with a bit of help from me:

I leave the lemon in a pot in my living room during the winter and then put the pot outside in May. The lemon sits in a blazing-hot spot on my deck and Mother Nature bathes the lemon with sunlight during the growing season and a few nice fruit develop by late summer.

During early fall, Mother Nature provides cooler temperatures that trigger flower formation and I move the ready-to-bloom plant inside.

From this point, Mother Nature hands the ball to me, so to speak, and I place a couple of grow lights a few centimeters away from the foliage to provide the energy needed to produce fruit. In a couple of months it’s harvest time, and by spring the lemon is back on my deck. It’s that simple.

If you are thinking about growing a Meyer lemon be aware that it is not as tart as your average lemon. It is sweet, juicy, and only mildly acidic. It's thought to be the result of a cross between a lemon and Mandarin orange, but there is still some uncertainty about its exact lineage.

So if you are inclined to try a lemon in your home, remember to let Mother Nature do most of the work. She’s happy to do it and will do a much better job than you or me.

~Jim Hole