Although these tips can be extrapolated to any variety of lemon, we have focused on the Meyer for being one of the most commonly used for the cultivation of the lemon in pot. The harvests of lemons of this variety tend to be abundant but with these tips, you’ll make sure that that is so. First recall some features of this magnificent tree. The meyer lemon, or Citrus × meyeri is a hybrid of lemon and sweet orange native to China. The taste of its fruits is fairly sweet and less acidic than most lemons, making both much more pleasant to the palate.
Like all citrus need plenty of light to grow and bear fruit. Your lemon tree needs 6 hours of sunshine a day at least. And if you have it indoors, next to a window for example, try to go by turning it around every 3 weeks to grow symmetrically.
The lemon tree needs regular watering as all the citrus poorly tolerated drought. Regaremos when the substrate is slightly dry on the top layer but we will not leave you just lose a certain amount of moisture. We will check the soil once a week and when we see that there is about 5 cm dry in its upper part what regaremos. Usually you will need to be water once a week or at most every two weeks. We will monitor the drainage so waterlogging is not good for the tree.
Citrus trees that need fertilization regularly. Any deficiency can cause diseases. We will use fertilizers for citrus three to four times a year. Once in the beginning of the spring, another in early summer, other in late summer and last in fall. Spacing fertilizing about four to six weeks.
The citrus and the cold do not get along very well to say the least. But in the case of the Meyer lemon, we have a good cold tolerance and can withstand temperatures down to-6ºC. When we have them indoors it is important to ensure that you do not have a heat source near it can be drying in excess. When you want to be out after the winter, you have to do it gradually, a few hours each day, to get used.
Once the flowers need to be pollinated. In the case of the lemon tree Meyer, we find ourselves before a plant autopolinizable. Logically if you have more than one copy, we will increase the rate of pollination. The Meyer lemon can flourish throughout the year even though it has two seasons where it makes it way more noticeable. It is the fall and early spring. We can also assist in the pollination by passing a brush for the flowers once a day.
Pruning is essential to health and good production of any citric. We will focus on to avoid the excessive vertical growth, we are concerned that the tree is rather wide and high in empty the inside of the cup to allow a good circulation of air and admission of light. The cuts should be at 45 degrees and facing upward to promote the growth. By No means will eliminate some fruits when they are young to improve the size of the others.
Your lemon tree needs time to adapt to the new circumstances in which to live once you get to your house. Later when you have your first fruits, you will need around 6 months to mature. The harvest will be ready when the lemons turn from green to yellow and especially when they have a deep yellow color. Patience is the virtue most important of all, gardener or horticulturist. We all have it, just put it in gear.