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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Meyer Lemons part 2

I'm still learning about blogging. I hit ENTER when I was adding the labels for the post, which posts the blog automatically. I had to fix something and add the pictures.

It started when my friend Elizabeth went on her annual January long weekend to Florida to visit her grandparents. She brought back some wonderful Meyer lemons from their backyard tree. They are so juicy and so sweet. I had never heard of them. You could eat them straight, like an orange.

Then my old friend, and blog-inspiration, Scott wrote a post about his indoor/outdoor Meyer lemon tree. Coincidence? I think not. It was fate. A few weeks later I ordered a Meyer lemon tree from amazon and it arrived Thursday. David, just shaking his head and going along for the ride as always, got busy helping me plant.

We got a dwarf Meyer lemon tree that needs tons of sun. We plan to put it out on the deck once the frosts are behind us (soon, I hope!) The boys and I have named him "Sprite". Sprite is made of lemon-lime, sprites are small, and Sprite is the only soft drink the boys are allowed to drink, on occasion.

Dwarf Meyers need lots of drainage so we started with a plastic dish with pebbles, and then planted Sprite in a large plastic container with more pebbles for drainage. He looks great in a decorative maceta (Mexican pot) for now. Can't wait for him to start blooming, but I understand it could be a year.

But aren't his blooms pretty?


Scott said...

Congrats. We didn't have fruit set (and stay set) until 2-3 years. It's a labor of patience more than love.

Scott said...

Lots of sun. Lots of water. Becky waters ours daily.

Scott said...

I went back and checked my blog. It was a lot longer to get fruit than I originally remembered. Five years! But we fought with scale for a couple of years before getting that under control.

If it's healthy, it should keep all its leaves through the winter. Ours dropped leaves for the first four years before we got rid of the scale.

Here's a good picture of the tree. Once it's established, you're going to want to be fairly consistent with the pruning once a year. It takes energy away from branch/leaf production and puts it into the fruit.