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Meyer Lemon

Citrus x Meyeri

Small-medium orange yellow skinned citrus with lemon like flesh that is juicy, but considerably less acidic and much sweeter than common lemons.

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Description

Small tree, generally only to 6-12ft. Its small size makes it a popular container plant indoors in temperate climates.

Hardiness

Fairly cold hardy, surviving temperatures into the high 20's. The Meyer lemon grows well in standard citrus producing climates, but also grows in cooler areas, and areas that receive brief freezes. Sunset Zones: 14-24 USDA: 9-11

Growing Environment

Grows well in full sun or part shade (full sun in cooler climates.) Water regularly, less so during cold months. Fertilize during growing periods.

Propagation

Commonly by grafting cuttings to various citrus rootstocks. Can also be propagated by seed which usually come true, or fairly close to their parent. Takes 4+ years to fruit from seed.

Uses

Fruits are eaten raw, used in making juices, desserts, and for flavoring. The Meyer lemon has become very popular in recent years for its unique lemon-like flavor, without the acidic sourness.

Native Range

Discovered growing as a dooryard tree in Beijing, China in 1908 by USDA plant explorer Frank Meyer. Its history prior to that is unknown. Its parentage is unknown.

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