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How to Grow Meyer Lemon Trees in Pots


Article by Hayley Hyer

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We all know Meyer lemons are delicious and make delectable desserts, but did you know the trees can add to the beauty of your home as well? Meyer Lemon trees blossom with sweet smelling flowers, and the rich green leaves in comparison to the bright yellow fruit creates a lovely aesthetic for your kitchen or patio.

You can also plant them in your yard, but since they are so easy to maintain in pots, why not try your hand at container gardening?

I recently ordered this Meyer lemon tree from, but you can also find them from a local tree nursery near you! It's best to buy a tree that is at least two years old because growing them from seeds can make it a little harder to ensure they will eventually bear fruit—unless you have a super green thumb and already know what you are doing!

To learn more, check out Kerry Michaels' article, How to Grow and Care for Meyer Lemon Trees in Pots.

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Growing Meyer lemon trees in garden pots is a rewarding experience. Not only are they prolific fruit producers, but the blossoms are also incredibly fragrant and beautiful. The ​Meyer lemon fruit is also sweeter than the fruit of other lemons. Even their thin skins are tasty and great for cooking.

Though Meyer lemon trees are naturally shrub-like, they can also be pruned into tree form. When planted in the ground, they can grow up to 8 to 10 feet tall and up to 12 feet wide. When grown in garden pots, your plant will be smaller and grow accordingly with the size of the pot.

Meyer lemon trees will thrive if you provide the right conditions. Care includes finding the ideal location for them: They need at least eight hours a day of direct sunlight, preferably from the southwest direction. Meyer lemon trees are most successfully grown from grafted rootstock (seed-grown trees tend to be less healthy and may never produce fruit). They require well-draining soil, regular fertilization while growing, and enough water to keep the soil moist but not wet.

READ MORE: How to Grow and Care for Meyer Lemon Trees in Pots