should meyers lemon tree be planted in container or ground?

carolinarubi06April 5, 2010


i bought a meyers lemon tree in Home Depot today and i am debating whether to grow it in a container or on the ground.

my concern is hurricane season, are these trees sturdy enough to withstand a hurricane? or should i not take my chances and place them in a pot?

i prefer to plant them in the ground since it would look nicer in my yard and it would be cheaper than buying a large pot.

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beachlily z9a

I've had my Myers Lemon planted in my backyard since 2002. In 2004 half of the tree was destroyed. I cut it off and said a prayer. The tree grew in such a way to balance itself, and four years later, it started bearing fruit. Today it is a beautiful small tree (about 12 ft tall) loaded with fragrant blooms. This will be a banner year! I fertilize it a couple of times a year and it grows wonderfully in native sand. It is salt tolerant and a joy to grow!

Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2010 at 10:52PM
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I lost my Myers to the freezes the past two seasons .
I did enjoy it in the ground for 30 years .
It withstood many a storm and hurricane just fine .
I would definitely plant it in the ground if you have the room .
Myers can grow into quite a large shrub when it's happy.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 6:39AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

I have one in a container mostly because I want to take it with me when I move...Its been in the container for appx. 5 years, I took it with me when I moved here.Its in a 16" pot. Surprising enough it survived(some minor damage) the big freeze with only a blanket over it...I did put the container under some Oak trees for added protection during the freeze.

Here's a picture

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 7:25AM
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Thanks for the prompt responses, i think i am going to plant it in the ground. I do have the space for it my only concern was hurricane season. Since this is my first time gardening that is my major concern for ALL of my plants. I think i'll be devastated if a hurricane comes and does away with my plants.

i was almost tempted to plant EVERYTHING in pots lol what does everyone do with their veggie garden if a hurricane comes? do the plants usually survive?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 8:58AM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

I have 5 meyer lemons and they were defoliated winter before last but came back and produced an abundant harvest but this past winter proved to be too cold for them. 4 of the 5 trees had their bark split so badly that I had to cut them off at 10 inches high. They are coming back but they are a sad site....... the 5th tree had to be cut back by about half. These trees were not huge, perhaps 10 feet tall and I really wish I would have put misters on them to protect the main trunk.....

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 11:14AM
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pabrocb(Sarasota/Cape Cod)

bamboo rabbit, where are you located? I just planted a Meyer lemon in Sarasota, 9b. I expect to cover it if/when we have another winter like this past one.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 6:05PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)


Citrus county. I should have run the fault 100%. The fact the winter before did not hurt them gave me, as it turned out a false sense of security. It damaged the grapefruit trees also but did not hurt the orange, tangelo, murcott or tangerine trees at all (other than mild leaf drop on a couple). Part of the reason I thought the trees were ok is we are on a lake and the lake is to the north of the trees and the warm water has always blunted the cold. I think I have a dozen or so citrus trees in total.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 7:51PM
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