Pollination time for Meyers Lemon Tree?

bchboundJanuary 5, 2012

I have had a dwarf Myers Lemon tree for about 3 years. It had a rough start but after spending last summer outdoors (I am on Long Island in NY) it is now thriving. Right now it has about 30 blosoms about ready to open. One already has opened. The tree is about 3 feet tall.

Do I need to assist in pollation with a brush since I do not have bees indoors to do that? Are some flowers male and others female or does each flower have both.

I am thinking I should lightly brush the flowers moving from one to the next.

Thanks in advance

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The first thing is that this is not a Meyer! Meyers have signature blooms that have a purple base. A few seedling Meyers may not have the purple; but yours being a dwarf, is not a seedling. The shape of your bloom looks very much like a Bearss lime, which would be blooming now.
Second, all lemon blossoms, and almost all citrus are perfect flowers; they don't need help from anyone or anything to make lemons. If you want to make seeds, you need bees; but the lemon flower is so sweet, if there is a bee within half a mile, it will come to the flower.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 1:09PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Have to agree......it isn't a Meyer.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 4:41PM
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Thanks for the info. It could be a dwarf lime. I may have switched the marked bases when I brought the trees in. I hope the other tree that is not flowering is a Meyer.

Will the lime self-pollinate?

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 6:13PM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

if you break a leaf of the other one you think is a meyer it will smell strongly like a lemon, almost like the smell of lemon pine-sol. Limes have a less intense smell of lime and oranges almost have no smell. And as john said, meyer flowers are very unique and have a purple base to the blossom. You shouldnt need to help pollinate but if wish to help you wont hurt anything.


    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 8:24AM
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My lemon tree resembles your tree very well but I'm sure that I have a lemon tree. Maybe not a Meyer but a dwarf Eureka I don't really know. I bought mine on an impulse buy at walmart with no specific name designated to it other than 'potted lemon tree'. When the leaves are broke like mentioned above the smell of lemons is very aromatic. My tree has begun to bloom as well. If someone else has any other ideas on what type of tree we/ I have I would love to hear your thoughts. But anyway happy harvesting bchbound!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 4:41PM
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I have found that my Meyer lemon blooms white like this indoors and have very purple blooms outside in intense light.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 5:31PM
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krismast(6 S.E. PA)

I have found the same. All of the flowers I get from my meyer in the winter are pure white. In the summer heat and sun they turn a deep purple. Since this tree is definitely inside for the winter it could still be a meyer.


    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 9:10PM
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krismast(6 S.E. PA)

Oops just noticed this was an old thread that was bumped up


    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 9:12PM
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