Meyer lemons are popular not only for their sweet flavor and thin skin, the tree is also a popular houseplant. The dwarf size and low maintenance of the Meyer lemon tree makes it an ideal houseplant, and the delicious citrus fruit is an added bonus.
The tree also has attractive evergreen foliage and will produce small, fragrant flowers. Lemons will begin to grow when the tree is two years old. Use these tips and grow your own Meyer lemon tree indoors.
Select an indoor location near a south or south-west facing window or under a sky light. A Meyer lemon tree needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. A west-facing window may be too hot for the tree during the middle of summer, but would be fine during the winter months.
A potted Meyer lemon tree can be moved outdoors to a protected area, like a patio, during the summer months.
Soil and Water
Citrus trees do not like soggy soil. Use a light potting mix that will drain quickly, yet retain enough water to keep tree roots moist.
Young trees require more water than older trees. Water a young tree once a week and an older tree every two weeks. Reduce the amount of water to any age Meyer lemon tree during the winter months.
If leaves begin to turn yellow, it means the tree is receiving too much water, not enough water or needs to be fed. Trial and error will help you to adjust the exact amount of water and food the citrus tree needs.
Lemon trees like humidity, so mist your tree every day to increase the humidity.
Feeding Your Meyer Lemon
The tree will need to be fed regularly in order for it to produce fruit. Use a high nitrogen fertilizer that is specially formulated for citrus trees, and feed the tree monthly from April through September. Stop feeding in early fall and don’t resume feeding until the following April.
Feeding more often if leaves begin to turn yellow.
Prune by cutting spindly branches from the top. Remove any branches that are shedding more than a normal amount of leaves. This excessive leaf-shed occurs when the tree becomes top heavy and needs to be pruned.
Don’t prune bottom branches since they produce the most fruit.
Prune fruit clusters to one or two fruits per cluster when the Meyer lemons are marble sized. This is will promote the growth of larger lemons.