Meyer Lemon

donaldb(5B Worcester, MA)February 25, 2012

Greetings Mike and other citrus growers. Last May I purchased a Meyer Lemon at Logee's. Great place. It spent the entire summer and the warm part of the fall outside with a couple of my other citrus tree and other assorted orchids,bananas etc. What happened is when I brought in for the winter, and mind you it went from a 70 degree temperature outdoors to a 70 degree temperature indoors it lost all it's leaves and not until last week has it begun to show new life. What's up with that? My orange tree I've had for 30 plus years has never experienced any problems. Thank you for your help. Donald

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Meyers are a bit sensitive to light changes; especially potted Meyers. A drastic change in light will often cause it to shed most or all of its leaves to replace them with new leaves better suited to the new environment. If it is showing new life, it will recover. What you SHOULD do is to move it from full sun to partial shade; then to full shade; and then indoors. Do the same in reverse when you put it back outside and I think you will have better luck.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 4:02PM
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or setup some artificial lighting with either a shop light with flouro tubes or a few large clamp on lamps with high wattage CFL's. a few pvc pipes to make a cheap stand, a power strip and a timer.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 5:49PM
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Andrew Scott

Hi Donald,
I have become obsessed with the Meyer lemon. The fragrant flowers and the flavor, AWESOME!

I had a HUGE one a few years ago that I sadly lost but this year I replaced it with a much smaller tree.

Houstontexas has given you some great advice. I grow all my citrus(except for my keylime), under my 600 watt HPS light, butI have to say, even with that, I still lost a handfull of leaves off of my tree. I got the tree roughly a month ago, and about 2 weeks ago, right around the same time leaves were dropping, I had an explosion of new growth.

For us northern growers, I truly believe that supplemental lighting is the best way to go for growing citrus over our dark, and cold winters. Even if your lucky enough to have a large enough window for your citrus, the light quality probobly still isnt that great. How many days during the winter do we have nice bright sunny skies? I know where in live in western NY, we don't have too many!

You have made an excellent choice for an indoor lemon tree. I also own a Ponderosa, but I have to say, I still much prefer the flavor of my Meyer lemons!


    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 10:14AM
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donaldb(5B Worcester, MA)

Thank you kindly for everyone's input. Have a productive growing season. Thank you.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 4:00PM
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Don...I am so sorry! I never saw this thread until today! So sorry buddy!

Let me go home and read your thread and see if I can add anything. I hope you are well Don. Let me know when you want to take a ride up to Logee's with I am itching to go.

Maybe we can get something for Andrew?

What the hey. I read it since I realized I had more time and I have to say John was spot on. How is it doing now Don, if you are seeing this?

Mike:-) 63 today!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 7:54PM
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Happy Birthday Mike. I will be 67 in a week. Experience matters.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 9:50PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Oh, happy birthday, Mike!! Have a nice Mimosa tomorrow morning to celebrate

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 12:25AM
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I love you guys!lololol

Not 63 years old! It was 63 degrees today! You guys, I couldn't stop laughing at 5:20 this That made my morning.

I have a long ways to go to 63..You

Have a great day:-)


    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 5:23AM
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