MeyerLemonTree Tree Care
CARING FOR YOUR CITRUS TREE
Here are the basic instructions for your beautiful MeyerLemonTree.com tree.
Conditions- You must keep your Citrus tree in ideal weather conditions. The trees are known to thrive in temperatures ranging from 55 degrees Fahrenheit (for your low during the evening) to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (for your high during the day). The trees love and need to bathed in sunlight for at least eight hours. If you cannot provide this, do not worry, you can supplement with fluorescent lights (40 watt) for 10 to 12 hours per day. Many people keep their Citrus trees on the porch during ideal weather conditions and move it indoors for extremely warm and cold weather.
Watering- You need to make sure and keep your Citrus tree well watered. It is best to maintain your soil moist at all times. Do not over water.
Pollination- Pollinate your Meyer Lemon Tree. This will increase the tree's chances of producing fruit. Please refer to our self-pollinating section.
Pruning- Pruning your tree will encourage great branching shape. Please refer to our pruning section.
Fertilizing- Fertilize your Citrus tree. Citrus trees thrive on nitrogen. When purchasing a fertilizer you need to make sure that it has two time the amount of nitrogen than potassium and phosphorus. It is known as a 2-1-1 fertilizer. The alternative is purchasing citrus or avocado fertilizer. Which ever you choose, make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions since fertilizers come with different release dates and potencies. Fertilize in the spring and early summer; you do not need to fertilize in the winter.
Harvest- Harvest your fruits when they are ripe. Citrus fruits are usually ready to be picked about 3-4 months after the first bloom
HOW TO POLLINATE YOUR INDOOR CITRUS TREE
Pollination in Citrus Trees is very straightforward and simple. The female parts of the flower must come into direct contact wth the fluffy yellow pollen produced by the male parts of the blossom to produce a single fruit. The typical indoor home environment lacks the plant's natural pollinators, which are bees and adequate air circulation. You can easily simulate these conditions and self-pollinate the indoor Citrus Tree. The petals will fall off as the successfully pollinated blossom develops into an ovary, which eventually will grow into fruit.
STEPS FOR POLLINATING YOUR CITRUS TREE
Step 1: Identify the male and female parts of the Citrus Tree. The male parts, or anthers are multiple long filaments that are surrounded with visible fluffy, yellow pollen grains on the ends. The female stigma is the sticky structure in the center of the flower.
Step 2: Using a cotton swab, small soft paintbrush, or the tip of a finger; gather some fluffy yellow pollen from the anthers of the blossom.
Step 3: Dab the pollen directly onto the stigma and make sure some of the pollen adheres to it.
Step 4: Repeat the process with each bloom you wish to develop into fruit. PRUNING YOUR CITRUS TREE Dwarf Citrus trees are ideal candidates for gardening indoors. Given that you want to control the size of the tree and its output, you will need to prune your dwarf citrus tree more heavily when it's young to hearten a better quality branching shape. Pruning your tree will encourage great branching shape. It is very hard to damage these types of trees while pruning. We suggest waiting to prune until you have harvested your fruit.
PRUNING YOUR CITRUS TREE
Dwarf Citrus trees are ideal candidates for gardening indoors. Given that you want to control the size of the tree and its output, you will need to prune your dwarf citrus tree more heavily when it's young to hearten a better quality branching shape.
Pruning your tree will encourage great branching shape. It is very hard to damage these types of trees while pruning. We suggest waiting to prune until you have harvested your fruit.
STEPS FOR PRUNING YOUR TREE
Step 1: Check your Dwarf Citrus tree for weak, damaged, dead branches along with any stems. If you recently moved your tree indoors you might have slightly scraped some branches during the journey. Be sure to remove these branches as well.
Step 2: Clip off weak, damaged and dead branches at the point where they intersect with the main tree trunk. Dead branches will feel hollow when touched. Damaged branches will show a blemish from fungus or bacteria or may simply have a cut.
Step 3: After removing all the branches described make sure to cleanse your pruning shears with a disinfectant spray.
Note: Be on the look out for suckers! They appear between the soil and the main trunk of the tree. Suckers will exhibit bright green leaves and are apart f the rootstock. Suckers are not new shoots from your tree. You will need to clip those off immediately.
Step 4: Make sure to clip off any frail thin stems. If the branch does not look like it can hold the weight of its fruit, clip it off.
Step 5: Remove more lateral branches and try to thin out the interior canopy of the tree. By doing this, you will increase sunlight and airflow to the middle branches which helps proper fruit ripening and prevents disease.
Step 6: Lastly remove all small vertically growing branches especially those that tend to rub up against eachother.
POTTING YOUR CITRUS TREE
Step 1: Choose the right container for your dwarf Citrus Tree. We recommend a 5 gallon pot with a 12 inch diameter for a 2- to 3- year old nursery tree. Bigger trees that are at least 36 inches tall need a container with a 24 inch diameter. No matter what sixe you go with, make sure the container has drainage holes at the bottom so water can freely flow.
Step 2: Add a 1-2 inch layer of drainage material, such as gravel, sand or rocks.
Step 3: Fill the container halfway with lightweight all-purpose mix potting soil.
Step 4: Carefully pull your Citrus tree from it's container and turn the tree upside down to inspect the roots. Gently unwind tangled or circled roots before placing the tree in the prepared container.
Step 5: Adject your Citrus tree so it sits vertically straight in the center of the container. Make sure the root crown, the part of the trunk where the roots emerge is level with the top of your container.
Step 6: Pour more potting soil down into the container, filling it nearly to the brim.
Step 7: Water the container to settle the soil and remove air bubbles. Add water until you see the soil compress and liquid flowing out the drainage holes at the bottom of the container.
Step 8: Situate your newly planted tree.