How to Grow a Meyer Lemon Tree from seeds

I love Meyer lemons.  They are the sweetest, tartist, most delectable lemon in the entire universe, at least to me.  I don’t find them in the grocery stores very often here, so when I do, I stock up on them.  Of course they don’t last long because I use them to make lemon water, I juice them over salad, in my tea, I make homemade lemonade, squirt on fish.  Umm, so good.

With the last batch I got to thinking how awesome it would be to grow my own Meyer lemon tree.  So, off to the computer I went.  I found out what to do and voila…low and behold, I have seedlings!!

meyer lemon seedlings May 2014  All I did was take four Meyer lemon seeds and put them on a wet paper towel.  I then folded the paper towel, put it in a Ziploc bag, and then placed the bag in a dark kitchen cabinet.  That was about 6 weeks ago.  Look at those cute little seedlings!!

I have to admit I was completely surprised to see them sprout.  I left them in the baggie for one more week until they got a little bigger.  Today I planted them.

As I didn’t have little tiny pots, I chose to use plastic cups.  I poked holes in the bottom.

meyer lemon tree pots


Then I put little rocks in the bottom to help with drainage

meyer lemon tree pots with rocks


Then some potting soil

meyer lemon tree pots with dirt


Then in went the little seedlings.

meyer lemon seedlings planted 5-14-14


They look so happy don’t they?  I have a fourth one but I have to re-pot it because I broke the side of the cup.

Afterwards, I watered them and put them in the sun because they have to have full sun for at least 8 hours of the day.  I will definitely keep an eye on them and keep you guys posted on how well they’re doing.  I’m so excited.  If these grow, I’m going to be a very happy lemon tree mommy.

And for those with limited space, one of the great things about Meyer Lemon trees is they can be grown in containers and they make excellent indoor plants, provided you have windows with lots of light.

This is what I’m shooting for:

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Wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed.


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21 thoughts on “How to Grow a Meyer Lemon Tree from seeds

  1. I live in San Antonio, Texas. One of my neighbors has a little tree/bush, that was just dripping with lemons this year. They did not seem to appreciate (or harvest) those lemons, so I became a “lemon thief” (to my hubby’s dismay). Those lemons were so big and so sweet. I discovered that they were Meyer Lemons. Apparently, we cannot buy them in Texas, nor can we get them shipped from nurseries in other states. So, I am saving my seeds, and I will TRY to grow my own. Do they grow true, from seed? Can you start one from a cutting? We shall see.


  2. I’ve always wanted to try and grow something like this now that I have a sun/cat room. Yet, again, it’s a sun/cat room and I wonder if it would survive three fur babies.


  3. Oh, what a cute little tree!
    And the seedlings are quite exciting; they make me want to go stick my hands in dirt, which… for me… is pretty freakin’ weird. o.O
    I have a lemon tree. No idea what kind, just that it’s a dwarf and that it refuses to give me lemons bar the ones it had last year when it was given to me. I just don’t think we get the levels of sun needed to make those suckers grow. Oh well.

    We also have a fig tree (it’s enormous) and that bad boy gives up so many fruits each year that I’m struggling to give them away. Guess I’ll have to learn to like them.


  4. So cute. I wish we got Meyers Lemons up here. I tried to grow a lemon tree but it’s to dry here in the winter. I’ll have to figure out how to make a cheap terrarium. Thanx for the great idea!


    1. Good luck! If you have a warm southern facing window, you might be able to grow them inside. they like confining pots. Their roots tend to freak out if there is too much space. I’d love to keep mine inside but I don’t have a bright enough window area as all my windows face east to west with two on the north side. My kitchen window faces south but I have two huge sugar gum maples in the front yard providing tons of shade. Looks like mine will be outdoor dwellers.


    1. I’m in Florida so I have the perfect climate for them, I wish I had a southern facing window so I could bring them inside, but I don’t, so I’ll probably keep it outside.


      1. I found out after I read this post that I have one growing in the yard on the farm!!! My mother-in-law calls it the ‘Lemonade’ tree. It is THE most beautiful fruit ever! 😀 I’m going to grow some from seed for my front yard with the steps you’ve put in this post 😉 YAY


        1. Oh, that is awesome!! Did you know that Meyer lemons are half lemon, half mandarin orange? That’s what gives them their awesome tart/sweetness and thin skin. I’m so happy you already have a tree on your property! It makes the harvesting of seeds so much easier. 🙂 Good luck and keep me posted.


          1. Yes – that’s where they get their awesome taste 🙂 The tree used to be prolific, but then the trees around it grew bigger and now it doesn’t get enough sun so it only produces four or five fruit a year. I’m really glad I found it. I’d love to move the entire thing to a sunnier part of the yard but I’d need a fair bit of machinery that I don’t have, so I’m going with the grow from seed experiment 😀


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