Meyer Lemon - Cutting vs. Grafted
After owning around 5 meyer lemons and reading these boards for the last year or so,(and with most sources seeming to sell cutting grown meyers) I began to wonder if most of the problems people were experiencing with growing container meyers had to do with them just being more fussy on their own roots.
Last summer I decided to find out if maybe a grafted meyer would do any better for me. Having never tried a meyer in the gritty mix, I decided to purchase two and try a completely non-scientific test.
- A larger bushy cutting from ebay.
- A small, cheap twig-like tree I found at Lowes. It's grafted on trifoliate. This was my first non-cutting propagated meyer.
Both the lemons were treated roughly the same. Water when approaching dry, fertilize with foliage pro every other watering, kept in the same location, ect.
Within a month the cutting had leaves that were turning yellow and falling off. It was a constant struggle to keep it from shedding its leaves. It struggled until winter, where it kept trying to flower from stress and killed itself. Meanwhile, The grafted meyer had done absolutely nothing since I bought it. No leaf loss,(I'd hope not, it only had 3 to begin with)no flowering, no growth.. at least not until about 2 months ago. It has since put out 3 new branches of leaves, and after slipping it out of its pot for a quick look, I can see tons of new white roots.
So has anyone found similar results to me, or have you experienced trouble with grafted meyers too?