My Meyer Lemon Indoors

madakatude(Z6 NY)April 1, 2014

Hers a pick of my tree. It's indoors in the biggest pot I could buy. It's still freezing here at night and some days are still cold as well. I don't have a spot to put this in where it can get sun. Worried. It's just to big. Can I put it out now. Most other post say freezing can kill the tree. But I'm guessing no sun is just as bad.

Thanks everyone....

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norwoodn

Hmm I think shade or no light is better than freezing the plant.
But if you even have ambient window light or like fluorescent light bulbs, that may benefit it more! Hope this helps!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 11:27PM
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madakatude(Z6 NY)

Any idea how old this tree is?

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 11:44PM
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norwoodn

Well is it a graft, or is it on its own roots? Looks like 5 years give or take a couple.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 11:50PM
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madakatude(Z6 NY)

It is grafted and it's suppose to be 3-4 years old. I can see the start of small lemons. Will I have some by September?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2014 at 12:07PM
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norwoodn

Okay well lemons/limes take at least about half a year from flower to harvest.
Winter oranges take a year.
Summer oranges take a year and a half!

So add six months from the time it flowered(:

This post was edited by norwoodn on Wed, Apr 2, 14 at 12:32

    Bookmark   April 2, 2014 at 12:27PM
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JoppaRich(7b)

Meyers grow really fast, so 3 years would be my guess.

Citrus generally needs more light the warmer it is. If they're sitting at 40 degrees, they need very little light (they won't really grow though). Some people keep their trees over the winter in unheated, unlit sheds. If they're at 80 degrees, they need a lot of light (as they want to be active and growing).

So, don't let it freeze, but an unheated garage that stays in 40-50s overnnight is probably a better spot than in the 70s in your house.In normal household temperatures, they really want to be infront of a big window, or under growlights.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2014 at 12:32PM
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garret_87(Zone 6)

I think low temps are worse than low light, at least for this short period before the tree can go outside. The outdoor temps could kill the tree outright. Point a few florescent lamps at it instead of taking it outdoors too early.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 5:26PM
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johnmerr(11)

And be sure, when you move it out, you move it to full shade; and then gradually adjust it to more sun; if you don't it will drop many/most/all its leaves.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 7:27PM
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blue72

what cause the leaves to fall off?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 10:28PM
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norwoodn

The leaves fall off simply due to "response in changing stimuli".
Fancy talk for the conditions have changed drastically, whether it be temperature, humidity, amount of light, moisture.. so anything really..

They'll grow back and adapt to the change (hopefully)!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 10:34PM
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madakatude(Z6 NY)

Here's an update on this Lemon Tree's progress this summer. I had a bunch of small lemons that kept falling off. One of the Lemons stuck and if you look close you can see it on the upper left. During the summer I bought some smaller ones and they grew a lot better them this big one. tons of lemons????

What should I do with these plants now that fall is upon us. The lemons don't look like they are ready to pick. do these need to go indoors?

    Bookmark   September 27, 2014 at 6:34PM
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madakatude(Z6 NY)

The smaller ones

    Bookmark   September 27, 2014 at 6:35PM
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