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Are Meyer Lemons deer resistant?

Posted by caliloo z6/7 (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 15, 12 at 6:34

I am probably going to move my Meyer Lemon outside this week. Temps are not going below the upper 40's and going to be in the upper 60's to low 70's. I am really tempted to move my tree to the partially shaded area of my patio. The big concern I have is whether the deer will denude the tree - it has hundreds of buds and I would hate for the deer that periodically roam my yard to damage it.



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RE: Are Meyer Lemons deer resistant?


I have 15 or so citrus trees in the yard and we have a healthy deer population. I was having massive damage to fruit trees on the property so recently fenced the entire property......BUT the deer never once bothered my citrus, not so much as a leaf. The deer here are use to citrus and don't like them. Since citrus are new to your deer they may sample it but that should be it.

RE: Are Meyer Lemons deer resistant?

i dont know any mammals that eat citrus leaves. i never tried any myself but doubt it tastes any good. i know the swallotail butterflies like to lay their eggs on citrus leaves. i had a few 2 years ago, a few of them turned to pupa and i know atleast one of them hatched, saw it flying around the yard early spring.

RE: Are Meyer Lemons deer resistant?

I have 3,000 Meyer trees on my "home" farm; and a small herd of goats; I can tell you for sure that Meyer lemon trees are among the most favorite foods of the goats. Anytime someone forgets to close a gate, the goats run thru and start eating the trees; of course the trees recover, but it takes awhile. Funny thing is they don't ever bother the numerous other varieties of citrus I have; only the Meyers. Don't know about deer, but their diet is very much like a goat.

RE: Are Meyer Lemons deer resistant?

Caliloo, the deer have a squatters' colony by my house. They do not touch my citrus. Deer tend to ignore very aromatic plants and citrus leaves and flowers are very aromatic. But I have seen squirrels running off with kumquats.

RE: Are Meyer Lemons deer resistant?

If you like Thai food you eat citrus leaves with almost every meal:)

RE: Are Meyer Lemons deer resistant?

Thanks everyone. I did have it outside last fall before it got cold and the deer never touched it, but they were fat and happy and full from a summer of gorging themselves on hostas, and daylilys. I know if they are hungry enough they will eat anything, but I hope they decide there are better options.


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