Three #MeyerLemon seeds sitting in a pot…


Back in May, I posted about my attempt to grow three Meyer Lemon trees. You can read it here.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Meyer Lemons, they are absolutely the most phenomenal, tasty lemons EVER!  While no one knows the exact parentage of a Meyer Lemon, they are believed to be a cross between a Eureka or Lisbon Lemon and possibly a Mandarin Orange. They have a sweeter, more floral taste than a true lemon, and sometimes have a slightly orange tint.  Their skins are very thin and less acidic than other lemons.  They are naturally shrub-like, which make them ideal for patio or indoor plants.

Because I live in Florida, they love the abundance of sunshine, however, they don’t like wind or having their roots saturated, so I have to make sure I protect them from torrential Florida downpours, storms and hurricanes.  Also, when first starting out, they like having small pots to protect their roots.  they kind of freak out if there is too much room for their ‘feet’ to wander.

When I first planted my seedlings, I put them in little red plastic cups, which suited them just fine, until today.  A few minutes ago, I upgraded them to a junior apartment.  Look how much they’ve grown from when I planted them May 14 to today.

 

Meyer lemon seedlings planted 5-14-14
meyer lemon trees 6-7-2014
Meyer lemon trees 6-7-2014
Meyer lemon trees 8-17-14
Meyer lemon trees 8-17-14

The one in the front found a new forever home with my neighbor across the street, so now I’m down to two, but that’s okay.  I’m so proud of my little trees. I’ll post every now and then with their progress.  I know it will be a while before they ever produce any fruit.  I’m just happy I’ve kept them alive this long and they are growing so big and strong.

Give a big woot woot for the hearty Meyer Lemon trees!

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:

picture courtesy of http://wetcoastgardens.blogspot.com/

Wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed.

 

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