Improved Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree

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The Improved Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree (Citrus limon 'Meyer Improved') is a semi-dwarf variety that produces exceptional well-known fruit on a smaller plant. It is expertly grafted onto a semi-dwarfing rootstock that has displayed incredible 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 40F, 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, these Lemons 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 highly prized by chefs and foodies alike! 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 meringue pie. Many prefer the Meyer over the traditional Lemon.

Planting and Application:

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!

  • Fantastic Thin Rind Lemons
  • Incredibly Fragrant White Blooms
  • Self Fertile & Great Fruit-Set Indoors
  • Virus-Free Cloned Plant
  • Indoor/Outdoor, Evergreen Foliage, Hedge, Container Plant & Patios

#ProPlantTips for Care:

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!

Pruning Tips

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.

Container Soil Mix

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!

Care for Indoor Plants

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 tropical 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 ensure a healthy, fruitful plant.

Protecting Citrus From Chill

Although Citrus can grow year-round in warmer regions (zones 9 and 10), they can also thrive in colder areas (zones 4 to 7) as long as the tree is brought indoors before the first frost of winter.

In zone 8, you can cover your tree in the event of a cold snap or unexpected overnight freeze. Citrus should be planted in a sheltered spot to avoid the worst of the chill, and not planted in a low area that collects cold air. If a spot like that is unavailable, or you are in a chill-prone climate, then you are safer planting Citrus Trees in a large, deep container with wheels to easily move them to a protected location or indoors when needed.

In cold growing zones, begin slowly acclimating your tree indoors in the fall, or into a protected location, eventually moving your tree inside. Indoor plants need a bright indirect sun window, greenhouse, sunroom, or enclosed patio for the winter. In spring, reverse this process and begin acclimating your tree to again be back out in the full sun all summer. This reduces stress and leaf drop.

  1. Give your plant a sunny spot that receives at least 8 hours of direct sun a day.
  2. The right temperature is between 50 - 80F and on the cooler side indoors.
  3. Need humidity - dislike dry winter air and drafts. Keep your plant away from heating vents.
  4. Citrus trees need good air circulation
  5. Don't overwater. Keep it on the dry side indoors, and allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Check every week and use the Finger Test to see if the soil is moist below the surface. Simply push your index finger into the soil. If it's moist, skip watering that week. If it's getting dry, give it a good watering.
  6. Mop up any water that remains in the saucer. Don't keep your Citrus Trees in standing water, the root systems will not tolerate that!

Tips for the Best Fruit Set

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 that 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. Order your Improved Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree from and enjoy a larger version of the great Citrus Tree standard that you know and love!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Improved Semi-Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-11 (Patio 4-11)
Growing Zones 9-11 (Patio 4-11)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Citrus limon 'Meyer Improved'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Size Semi Dwarf
Mature Height 10 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained & Slightly Acidic
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes