This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

meyer lemon flowers

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Its mid winter and citrus are ripe in the south. But this is the season my potted tree blooms. I suppose its something about the light or temperature change when I bring it indoors in October that triggers blooming. Looks like it may be a good year, as more buds keep forming. Five so far. The most its had before is three lemons.



Blogger Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

What kind of care do you give your Meyer lemon? I'd love to try growing one, and even moreso now that I see the beautiful blossoms.

January 02, 2010 1:56 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Not much care. It is about 4-5 feet tall and in a big pot. It goes outside where the sprinklers and filtered sunlight reach in May. It comes inside to a sunny south window in October. It gets fertilized with regular 5-10-5 when I notice the leaves getting yellowish. The hardest part is remembering to water regularly in the winter and finding enough room for it inside.

Two winters ago it got a bad scale infestation so I decided to dispose of it and put it outside in the back yard in March snow and cold. All the leaves fell off and it looked terrible, but not having the time to dispose of it, I left it in the pot. By midsummer it had leafed out beautifully with no scale left.

January 02, 2010 3:05 PM

Blogger Dan said...

I am getting one of these meyer's this year. I have a pink variegated lemon and I think another variety would be good for cross pollination. Just found out I am supposed to pollinate it by hand. Could be why I have only had one lemon in three years. Don't the blooms smell great, it is worth growing just for the blooms.

January 02, 2010 4:05 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I was wondering about pollination. I have never done anything. Most blooms seem to set fruit and most fruit seem to ripen. I have never really noticed the smell of the flowers - I get so few. I will check the one in bloom now.

January 02, 2010 8:52 PM

Blogger kathy said...

WOW!!! That is incredible. Rich, sweet and wonderful.

January 02, 2010 9:00 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Happy New Year! I remember the first time I smelled citrus blossom in a garden centre it was amazing, almost intoxicating. Loved the month by month pictorial for 2009 Kathy, in a year that seems to have whizzed past it is a reminder of the wishful thinking when seeding, hard graft growing/watering and smiles and chuckles of pleasure when harvesting and eating, Thanks for bringing the year back to us!!!
Marian (LondonUK)

January 03, 2010 2:40 PM

Blogger Thomas said...

Hi Kathy, my Meyer lemon tree is blooming now as well. I purchased it as a twig almost two years ago and managed to get a harvest of 12 huge lemons last year (nice for marmalade and preserved lemons). Just an FYI, January is when Meyer lemons tend to have their major flush of blooms for the year, though they also have minor flushes year round. I hand pollinate with a fine art brush, transferring pollen from one flower to the stigma of another. (The bloom you photograph doesn't have one so it will not form a fruit).

Also, I want to consider using a different fertilizer. Citrus are heavy nitrogen feeders and it's recommended to use a fertilizer with at a 3-1-1 ratio.

January 03, 2010 8:10 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Thomas! I have a couple more buds forming. I'll find some high N fertilizer.

January 03, 2010 8:29 PM

Anonymous Chiot's Run said...

Very Lovely! My citrus bloomed several years ago but no fruit. I'm hoping to buy a proper dwarf tree, mine was started from a seed many years ago.

January 04, 2010 10:06 AM

Anonymous Sara said...

Hi! I have some variety of lemon tree- don't think it's a meyer because it's more like a bush... I have been hand pollinating my lemons for 2 seasons now, and last season I got unbelievably huge, beautiful, branch-bending lemons- too many to use- I gave them away. This is the first time I've moved mine inside, it's blooming now. I never fertilize mine at all, and it produces very well!

January 08, 2010 11:01 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Sounds great. I fertilized mine a few days ago and its amazing how fast the leaves green up.

January 08, 2010 12:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am enjoying your website. I love the pics and information.

June 25, 2010 3:05 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks. My little lemon tree needs some attention tomorrow. It has about 20 lemons growing on it now and still is flowering - plus our wind storms keep blowing it over. It needs so much nitrogen. Tomorrow I should fertilize and replenish the soil that had spilled out. And just generally give it some attention.

June 25, 2010 11:23 PM


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