Wintering my Meyer lemon

chefricky(6b)October 10, 2013

I have a 3 year old meyer that is about 4.5 feet tall and healthy.
It managed to bear 8 mature lemons by Thanksgiving day last year. I wintered it last winter in a heated garage that has a couple of skylights and a 4 foot 4 bulb flourecent lamp positioned over it connected to a timer that would allow the light to come on for 12 hours a day. I did not allow the temp in the garage to drop below 40F. By mid Feb. all the leaves dropped.
Once spring came along, and the tree was outdoors, it did very well filling out new foilage but never bloomed.

I would like to find a place in NJ that I could rent a space in a hot house to keep it healthy or find a generous person that would take it in
to help it out. I am willing to pay $$ so this tree does well.
Can anybody give me advice? Thank you

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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

well if you dont find anyone keeping the garage at a minimum of 55 will help with the leaf drop.


    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 10:08AM
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Or you could lower the amount of light you provide down to about 8 or less with those temps keeping your roots that....

They will just sit there until temps and light start to warm again..At least you don't have to worry about bugs or a high electric bill..

I hear you about wanting to keep it in a greenhouse....I would pay someone too


This post was edited by meyermike_1micha on Fri, Oct 11, 13 at 12:00

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 11:58AM
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garret_87(Zone 6)

Is it possible to place the tree in a south facing window in your house? I live in western, ny and my lemon tree succeeds in a south facing window with a grow light in my living room. Has bloomed consistently all year.

If you rented a space in a greenhouse would you be able to check it often enough? Maybe a local college or conservatory could help - I have visited a local community college greenhouse yesterday and they had a few citrus in there. Not sure if a college would take a tree for the winter.

If you cant find a greenhouse then i would agree with Mksmth. The tree stops growing when the soil is below 55-50 degrees.

Any pictures of your tree?

You could try Craigslist. Put up an ad explaining the situation with the tree and someone might be generous enough to take it for free or for a small price.

One more idea. I'm my area there is a city horticulturalist that is more than helpful answering questions about plants and helping people network. It is worth a shot emailing this person.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 12:02PM
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Thanks for the quick responses. They are all viable options. I would like to show a picture but I am not smart enough to figure out how to.
I really like this site. There are many astute people commenting here!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 4:50PM
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Do you have 'Photobucket' set up?

If so, it is very easy to post a pic here..Just let us know and we will explain how to..


    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 12:43PM
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If you only want to upload one photo (always a help); and you have the photo on your computer, just scroll down to "Post a Follow-up" and there at the top " image file to upload"; click Browse... and look for it to upload.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 4:29PM
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I've kept my Meyer lemon in greenhouse at 40 degrees with no leaf drop and Key lime in house under fluorescent with no leaf drop-it finished ripening fruit and later bloomed. This fall I replaced a light fixture in kitchen that is so bright I moved a new 3 yr Meyer lemon onto the kitchen counter to take advantage of the light (may have to give up cooking!). My old ML has survived temp of 18 degrees when greenhouse heater went out-killed the new growth but not the whole tree and older growth did not loose leaves. I wonder if your tree lost its leaves because at some point it got too dry and shed leaves to survive?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 12:38PM
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