Meyer Lemon Improved: Fragrance Easily Covers 50 Feet

Meyer Lemon Improved: Fragrance Easily Covers 50 Feet

Lemon Meyer Improved

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Meyer Lemon Improved is believed to be a hybrid cross of Citrus limon (lemon) and Citrus reticulata (mandarin orange). It is less acidic, juicier, and sweeter than common lemons. Trees will typically reach a height of 6 to 10 feet at maturity. Shiny dark green leaves are evergreen. Waxy, fragrant, white flowers appear year around in warm climates. The fruits are large, rounded yellow fruits (about 3 inches diameter) with smooth, thin skin that lacks the rough texture and pronounced nipple of the true lemon.

Meyer Lemon Improved has gorgeous foliage, produces a tasty lemon, and most importantly the heavenly fragrance of the blooms spreads out over a fifty foot space…The fragrance is absolutely heavenly. It can be grown both in the garden where the climate is warmer or it can be grown very successfully in containers indoors.  This small citrus tree is winter hardy in Zones 9 to 11.

How To Make Your Meyer Lemon Improved Thrive

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering should be reduced after establishment. You need to feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Pruning time is winter.

This small tree grows well in sandy, neutral, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade (best performance is in full sun). Providing consistent and regular watering will increase your chances for successful fruiting. If you have planted outside you need to avoid wet poorly drained soils. In these conditions this tree will bear fruit year around in these warmer temperatures. It will slip into dormancy if winter temperatures dip significantly below 55F. It will tolerate only brief exposure to temperatures around 32 F. It will not tolerate exposure to frost. This plant thrives in climates where daily temperatures range from low 70s F. in the daytime to high 50s F

General Meyer Lemon Improved Information

Pests and Diseases

No serious insect or disease problems. Meyer Lemon Improved is susceptible to anthracnose, scab, sooty mold, greasy spot, canker and gummosis when this plant is stressed. Potential insect pests include aphids, thrips, cutworms, leafrollers, mealybugs, scales and whiteflies. You should watch for mites.

Garden Uses

Handsome foliage, fragrant flowers and year-round fruit make this an excellent plant for container or a tropical bed close to the patio. It can be grown indoors in the sun or taken in during winter in colder climates.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Rutaceae
  • Common Name: Meyer Lemon Improved
  • Type: Broadleaf evergreen
  • Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11 (indoor plant for most of us)
  • Height: 6 feet to 10 feet
  • Width: 4 feet to 8 feet
  • Flower: Showy
  • Bloom Time: Seasonal bloomer
  • Bloom Description: White (fragrance is heavenly)
  • Fruit: Showy, edible
  • Leaf: Evergreen
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade (best results full sun)
  • Water: Needs regular watering – weekly, or more often in extreme heat
  • Maintenance: Medium
  • Other: Winter Interest
  • Water Needs: Needs regular watering – weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • Average Landscape Size: Moderate growing 8 to 10 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide; smaller in containers.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Growth Habit: Round
  • Soil: Normal, loamy

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