Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemon Trees
Grow Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemons Indoors or Out
- Grow Indoors and Out
- Heavy Production
- Less Acidic, Sweeter Fruit
- Delicious Blend of Lemon and Mandarin Orange
- Fragrant Blooms
- Disease Resistant
The Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemon (Citrus x 'Meyer Lemon Improved') produces exceptional fruit. Often called the "perfect" lemon tree, it is the number one citrus grown worldwide. It can be grown all across the United States with ease.
Adapted to a wide range of growing conditions across the United States, the Improved Meyer Lemon tree is one of the most versatile of all citrus plants and fruits. The trees are equally remarkable as houseplants, ornamental patio plants or as a focal point planted in the ground in growing Zones 8-11.
Did you know that Meyer Lemons are not reliably available in grocery stores? Even though they win taste tests, they just don't ship well with their thin skin.
Fortunately, it's easy to grow your own Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree. If you live where winter temps dip below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, simply plant it in a container. You'll bring the trees indoors, and put in front of your sunniest window during the winter months.
You'll love the 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. What a fabulous plant!
Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemon trees is said to have a Mandarin Orange parent. That's why the fruit's rind is more orange than yellow. 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 rounder than traditional lemons and are slightly less acidic. They maintain their tart lemon quality while the skin is yellow. Once the skin turns light orange, they'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.
You, your family and friends will love having access to these amazing, delicious lemons with their tremendous depth of flavor. Order your citrus trees today!
How to Use Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemon Trees
Growers in Zones 8 -11 can plant the trees in the ground. Used as a shrubby plant, you'll gain a wonderfully productive privacy screen or barrier. Block out unwanted views or plant several together as a hedge in a strategic location that hinders people from getting by.
Grown in the ground with lowest branches pruned up and back to a single trunk, the Meyer Lemon makes a great evergreen accent tree in the landscape. Site these trees to block out the hot afternoon sun. Plant some by your patio for easy access to its wonderful fruit. Or use it against a fence to easily add a few feet of height. It won't take up too much yard space, and you'll gain so much more.
You'll love the compact, upright growth habit. Glossy, dark green evergreen leaves give a tropical flair to your landscape. The dainty white flowers will charm you with their delicate purple base, while their intense citrus fragrance will fill your home or yard with their captivating scent.
You can also plant your 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 the one to get started with.
The consideration to purchase an older and larger plant should not be based on cost alone. You are paying for the extra time and attention by our expert growers in a professional nursery facility. The reward is that older plants produce lemons faster for you.
Go for the largest plant you can afford. With older plants, you'll save time and get to harvest sooner!
Our Dwarf Meyer Lemon Trees have some of the deepest root systems available. We take pride in delivering you the highest quality citrus trees with healthy roots and full, well-established stems and foliage. Have confidence in our time-tested quality and order yours today!
#ProPlantTips for Care
These trees can be easily pruned to accommodate different landscape settings, as well. They 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 from. 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
Citrus likes 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 the 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 Dwarf Meyer Lemons will not tolerate sitting in standing water.
Care for Indoor Plants
While these trees are self-pollinating, you'll enjoy growing several varieties of citrus trees. Create your very own citrus grove with help from Nature Hills.
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.
Tips for Placement Indoors
For Indoor/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.
1. Give your plant a sunny spot that receives at least 8 hours of sunshine a day.
2. Keep your plant away from heating vents. The right temperature is between 30 - 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Use a humidifier if your indoor air is dry.
4. Citrus trees prefer good air circulation.
5. Don't overwater them. Keep it on the dry side indoors, and allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Check it 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 water. 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
Fruit set is very dependent on the climate indoors. You'll want to find a good spot indoors - greenhouses or sunrooms are very good. Bright sunlight, moderate temperatures, humidity, and proper watering play a big role in a successful crop.
The flowers are "perfect" and have both male and female parts. Pollination can occur indoors without your assistance, but you might want to give your indoor trees a helping hand. When in bloom, lightly shake the blooming branches. This will replicate the movement of outdoor breezes, so use a very gentle touch.
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.
Enjoying a bumper crop? The first season, thin off excessive fruit set, which can interfere with the tree’s vegetative growth. Just leave a few fruit 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. If picked at this time, your Meyer lemonade will require no additional sugar. Enjoy!
Home gardeners across the country love growing Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemons from Nature Hills. This is one of our most popular plants for sale, so order yours today!
Buying Options for Plants
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.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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Decorative, Delicious Container Grown Fruit
Frank Nicholas Meijer was an emigrant from the Netherlands working for the US Department of Agriculture in 1902. Upon arriving to the United States, he changed his last name to Meyer. During his short life of just 42 years, Meyer would be credited with more significant plant introductions than anyone in US history.
In 1905, the United States sent Meyer to Russia and China on the first of four plant finding trips.
Sometime, while on his second trip to Asia in a small village near Beijing, Meyer came upon a small citrus tree in a container, with bright yellow fruit. He was told that it was just a decorative variety, but Meyer sampled the fruit anyway.
He knew right away that it was something special and collected cuttings to be sent back to the United States. The first cuttings ended up at Chico State University in California in 1907.
The Meyer Lemon is of unknown parentage. It is thought to be a cross of a seedling Lemon and seedling Mandarin, though others speculate different possibilities.
The Meyer was not considered of great commercial importance because of its thin skin and poor shipping qualities. However, the Meyer caught on with the home garden community throughout the country.
Today, the Meyer Lemon is the number one citrus variety sold throughout the world and is a staple for most home garden landscapes, either in the ground or as a decorative container plant.
|Botanical Name||Citrus x 'Meyer Lemon Improved'|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 -10 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||Winter in Containers Indoors; Year Round in the Ground|