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.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

meyer lemon tree

meyers lemon 338

This year my Meyer lemon tree has lots of lemons on it. I think because I did better at watering it indoors this winter. Its in a big pot and comes in to our front porch during the winter. It can stand a mild frost and is inside from Nov to April usually. Its about 6-10 years old, I'm guessing and very pot bound as I don't have room for a bigger tree. This summer, it could use to have its roots and branches trimmed.

Sometimes I get a few fully ripened yellow lemons, but usually they stay greenish. I am assuming we don't have enough sun at this latitude to fully ripen all of the fruit it produces. It seems to bloom and set fruit all year round. I learned last year (from a a kind commentor on my blog) that it needs a lot of nitrogen, and I have been regularly fertilizing, which is making it look great.

The lemons are delicious, even when they are a bit greenish, and are wonderful in a martini!

I was on line last night (ordering a few more asparagus crowns) and came across a sale at Territorial Seed Co on fig trees and ordered one. I have to look into figs now. I imagine these have similar culture requirements to citrus. Hope I can squeeze two trees on the porch in the winter.

(If you click on the label below, you can see previous posts on my lemon tree.)



Blogger Geeka said...

I'm in the same zone as you, and we can leave the fig trees out all winter. All we do is bury them in mulch to insulate them. You need about 3 years to get figs from them, and they are prolific sprouters.

April 22, 2012 6:59 PM

Blogger becky3086 said...

I just got my meyer lemon tree this year and it is in a 1 gallon pot but since it was already blooming when I got it, I did not repot it. I am hoping I get a few lemons this year but I may move it to the front porch where it will get more sun as it is in the back yard now and it is a bit shady back there.

April 22, 2012 9:22 PM

Blogger Dave Velten said...

I had a Persian lime for years. It lived on the deck in summer and came inside in winter. It was kept in a 12" pot so it was manageable but it still needed re-potting every couple of years.

If you re-pot your lemon you might consider a soil-less mix. Search Gardenweb for "Al's gritty mix", a soil-less blend that people rave about for citrus. I think I'm going to try it myself. I was in Bigelow's Nursery greenhouse last week and they had some beautiful Meyer lemons.

--Dave V.

April 22, 2012 10:14 PM

Blogger Daphne said...

I planted two figs in the ground in my yard. If I don't protect them during the winter supposedly they will die back to the ground, but the roots won't die. They will send up new shoots. Last winter was mild. I didn't protect them and they did indeed die back. But last winter was zone 7 not zone 6. I don't know what a normal year will bring.

And they produce figs on new and on old wood. The old wood fruits first, so ripens first. The new wood supposedly don't have enough time to ripen here. Unless of course it is in a pot and you can bring it inside. I'm going to have to protect my trees this winter if I want any figs.

April 23, 2012 7:37 AM

Blogger Thomas said...

Hi Kathy, nice to see that your Meyer Lemon is doing well! When we lived in MA, all of my Meyers would bloom in January through May and ripen at the same time indoors in November and December. Some of them stayed green for over 9 months but eventually they will turn!

April 24, 2012 10:56 AM

Blogger Starslight said...

I am in the same zone as you! I never thought about growing a lemon tree in a pot! What would be the smallest size pot you would recommend?

April 24, 2012 12:30 PM

Blogger Mike said...

That looks good! Our orange tree died this winter. We were so bummed

April 24, 2012 10:28 PM

Anonymous Lemon tree for Container Gardening said...

Thank you for the suggestion and the "top plants for dorms" article. Because of these articles I purchased my first apartment plant, and yup, it's a Meyer Lemon tree =)

June 12, 2013 2:00 AM


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