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  • Citrus limon 'Improved Meyer Lemon' 1 Gallon
  • Citrus limon 'Improved Meyer Lemon' 1 Gallon

Citrus limon 'Improved Meyer Lemon' 1 Gallon

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Grow this lemon tree in a container so it can thrive outdoors from spring until fall, then bring it indoors to wait out the winter.

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Though most citrus plants find the Pacific NW winters too cold to survive, much less bear fruit, the Meyer Improved Lemon seems to grow readily in large container planters in the Portland area when given full sun from spring up until fall. Fragrant flowers appear in the late spring and continue throughout the growing season, turning into orangey-yellow, thin-skinned fruits in the fall. A cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, Meyer Improved lemons are not as acidic as true lemons and are quite juicy.

Bring this specimen indoors once the temps drop below 40 degrees. While flowers may continue to appear, you'll need to use a small paintbrush to distribute pollen from one flower to another to encourage fruit production. This practice isn't necessary when growing outdoors. During the winter months, watch out for mites or aphids and treat the foliage with  insecticidal soap

Common Name Meyer Improved Lemon
Mature Size Typically 3 - 5 feet grown in container, possibly 8 feet tall
Growth Rate Moderate
Cold Hardiness 30 ° F
Characteristics Evergreen, fragrant, edible fruits
Light Full sun
Structure Shrub
Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Summer
Uses Container planters, protected atriums, houseplant in winter
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