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Meyer Lemon Tree Plant

Meyer Lemon Tree Plant

Favorite of chefs and gourmets
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Meyer Lemon Tree Plant

Favorite of chefs and gourmets
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  • Meyer Lemon Tree - 4" Pot - Ships in Fall
  • Fall
  • $29.99
  • 62752
  • Meyer Lemon Tree - 2 QT
  • Both Spring & Fall
  • Out of Stock
  • Ripens without needing so much heat
  • Distinctive flavor with a hint of tangerine
  • Lovely fragrant blooms

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    The Meyer Lemon is prized among popular varieties for its slightly sweeter, distinctive flavor. It has a delightful hint of tangerine. Ripening the fruit does not require as much heat as ripening other lemon varieties takes. And when a Meyer Lemon ripens, the soft skin takes on orange hues. The lemon tree will need to be moved indoors during the cooler months, but the plant is easy and compact, so it's not a problem. The Meyer Lemon Tree Plant often flowers twice a year and the blooms are fragrant, which is a lovely way to freshen up the home in winter. Citrus limon x Meyeri

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    What is so special about Meyer lemons?

    Meyer lemons tend to ripen in late winter and early spring — and they have a unique taste that set them apart from standard lemons. Meyer lemons have deep yellow skin, and run significantly smaller than other kitchen-variety lemons like Lisbons and Eurekas. In fact, these lemons are thought to be a cross between standard lemons and mandarin oranges.

    While they may not be wax-fruit beautiful, Meyers have a taste that really sets them apart from other citrus fruits! Compared to other lemons, Meyer lemons are noticeably sweeter and less acidic — if you don't believe us, just try a side-by-side taste test! Their candy-like taste still packs a sour punch. That flavor makes these small sweeties suitable for pies, lemon bars, salad, and desserts. Their rinds bring a more complex, almost floral taste: they smell more like an herb or spice than a sour lemon.

    In addition to their uniquely sweet citrus fruit, Meyer lemon trees are a dream for easy growing. These dwarf lemon trees are self-pollinating, so you can harvest fruit from a single Meyer lemon tree. They can be planted outdoors or indoors, and can even thrive in large containers! Meyer lemons also have a quick start-up; they can bear fruit in as little as two years.

    And, of course, Meyer lemon trees aren't only great for producing beautiful, tasty, chef-friendly fruit: they also have gorgeous, glossy, green leaves and an attractive shape. Meyer lemons aren't only fruit trees — they're ornamentals, too!

    Do Meyer lemons start out green?

    Meyer lemons, like other varieties, produce green fruit that changes to yellow! Unlike most other lemons, Meyers take on a golden, dark-yellow shade once ripe. Don't harvest them until they're a shade of yellow similar to an egg yolk. That ripening process can take up to six months.

    One common complaint from lemon growers: "my Meyer lemons are not turning yellow." Remember that lemons can take up to six months to ripen! If your patience only gets you unripe, lime-colored fruit, think about the location of your lemon tree. Meyer lemons can experience "sunburn" that results in areas of browning on the fruit's surface.

    Keep in mind that some citrus, including Meyer lemons, require a temperature dip to stimulate that yellowing ripeness. If your weather is consistently warm, your ripe lemons may not turn yellow. If you've experienced a total lack of temperate weather, check for ripeness by squeezing the fruit of the Meyer lemon tree — it should soften to the touch when ripe.

    How do I know if I have a Meyer lemon tree?

    How can you tell if your lemon tree is a Meyer? For starters, look to the fruit. Meyer lemons produce small, orange-yellow fruit that is sweeter and less acidic than standard lemons. When ripe, the skins of Meyer lemon fruit take on an egg-yolk color: orange with a hint of yellow.

    And, full-grown Meyer lemons are shorter than standard lemon trees. Meyer lemon trees grow to a maximum height of 5 to 7 feet, while standard lemons can grow to 10 feet. Meyer lemon trees tend to have dark, glossy leaves. Their white blossoms have a purple tint at the base.

    Are coffee grounds good for Meyer lemon trees?

    Acidifying mulches — like pine needles or fresh coffee grounds — can keep the pH in your Meyer lemon tree's soil acidic. In addition, the nitrogen produced by the deterioration of coffee grounds can be a really useful fertilizer.

    But, stale coffee grounds tend to be neutral, not acidic. And, just as it is for humans, a little coffee can go a long way: straight, just-ground coffee grounds can make the soil too acidic. You shouldn't use coffee grounds raw, as they are so acidic and nitrogen-rich that they can create a breeding ground for mold.

    So, how can you safely add coffee to your lemon tree's soil? Just make sure you aren't giving the tree too much caffeine. Add used coffee grounds to your soil, and test your soil pH to make sure it doesn't go below 5.5.

    Can I use Meyer lemons instead of regular lemons?

    Can you substitute Meyer lemons for regular lemons? It all depends on your recipe! Meyer lemons have a sweeter, more floral flavor than Eureka or other standard lemons; they're also way less acidic. Meyer lemons are a perfect sub in dessert recipes, salad dressings, and anything that requires a sweet but sour flavor. However, if you're hoping to add acidity to a vinaigrette or poultry dish, Meyers won't be your best bet.

    Should Meyer Lemons be refrigerated?

    Meyer lemons, like other lemons, should be kept in the refrigerator. Some chefs claim that lemons stay at their absolute freshest when kept in a sealed plastic bag in the crisper drawer! Regardless of whether you bag your lemons, know that they stay fresher in the fridge: instead of lasting only a few days, refrigerated Meyer lemons can last up to a week.

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