A hybrid between a Lemon and an Orange, which makes 'Meyer Improved' a little sweeter than regular Lemons. Our virus-free clone is also a prolific bearer. You'll enjoy the heavenly scent from luscious blooms followed by fruit in mid-winter.
Our high-quality Citrus plants make it possible for gardeners and cooks in all regions of the country to grow these specialty Citrus trees outdoors on the deck or patio during the summer and indoors over the winter. Gardeners in Zone 10 can expect them to reach 6–10' tall when planted in the ground. Elsewhere in the country, Citrus should be grown in containers and will stay smaller, eventually reaching 4–5′. In cold climates, containers may be moved outside during summer to a sunny spot protected from the wind, then brought back indoors before frost. Shipped in a 1 gal pot.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Ann from Brooklyn, NY
I was so envious of my California friends who have Meyer Lemon trees in their backyards that I had to have one too, even though I live in a Brooklyn apartment. The dwarf tree I ordered from WFF sits on a sunny windowsill during the day and under a grow light at night. I got my first bloom within two months and now have two lemons that are getting bigger by the day. And another bloom is about to open! I'm in Meyer Lemon heaven!!!
Kristi from Glastonbury, CT
I bought the tree as a gift for my husband who loves meyer lemons and needed a full sun plant for his office. This is the first citrus tree we have owned, so we were a bit shaky at first. However, the tree was very healthy when it arrived and appears to be forgiving of our errors. It is a lovely plant for a public location.
GardenFun from Wytheville, Virginia
I saw this Meyer Lemon in the catalog and decided to try it. My husband and I love it! It is now blooming for the second year and covered with lemons. Our first crop of 5 were absolutely delicious. The blooms smell wonderful. We have enjoyed it so much that we plan to experiment with other citrus trees this year.
Polly from Central Maryland
Its only negative is that it's a tree (yes, I knew that), but in its 3rd year with me, the pot has to be on a trolley with wheels to get it outside for the summer. And it loves the summer heat & humidity.
catskills gardener from Gilboa, New York
Generally I am very pleased with the products from WWF. However, I was very disappointed in the Meyer lemon. The roots were not in good condition when the plant arrived, the plant failed to thrive, and eventually died. I also felt it was very overpriced for what we got - similar plants are available at [@] for a fraction of the price.
In most of the United States, these plants must be grown indoors, at least during the winter. Fortunately, their rootstock will keep them a manageable size (to no more than 4–5′ in a container), so they can summer on the patio and spend the winter in a greenhouse, an enclosed porch, or near a sunny, south-facing window. Move the plant outdoors in late spring if you'd like, but wait until the weather is warm and settled.
When you receive your plant, do not be alarmed if it begins to drop flowers, fruit, and/or foliage, as this is the plant’s reaction to being shipped. Citrus plants need at least 4–6 weeks to acclimate to a new location and this acclimation can take longer if the plant is receiving less than 6 hours of direct sun per day. During this time, DO NOT fertilize the plant, as this will cause further stress. Once the plant is acclimated—which means the plant is able to produce and maintain new growth—you can begin fertilizing according to our recommendations mentioned below.
Gardeners in Zone 10 and warmer can grow Calamondin Orange and 'Meyer Improved' Lemon outdoors. 'Meyer Improved' Lemon is hardy in Zone 9 as well. Set the pot outdoors in a sheltered, lightly shaded spot, increasing the exposure to sun and wind each day. Check the moisture of the potting mix and water thoroughly if it's dry. At the end of one week (give or take a day or two), your plant will be ready to go in the ground. Choose a spot for your plant that receives full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun each day) and is protected from drying winds. Planted in the ground, our Citrus will grow approximately 10′ tall.
Whether in the ground or in a container, Citrus need steady moisture. Water when the soil is dry to an inch deep. Don't let the tree dry out. If it does dry out, there's a good chance it will drop leaves, fruit, or both. If excessive drying is due to wind outside, move the tree to a more sheltered location. Mulch with bark chips or gravel around the base of the tree (keep it back a few inches from the trunk) to conserve moisture.
Citrus are also heavy feeders: Feed lightly all year long, with a fertilizer that has an N-P-K (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) ratio of 3-1-1 plus micronutrients, including zinc, iron, and manganese. Miracid (30-10-10), which is widely available, works well (refer to the manufacturer's instructions for concentration). Leaf yellowing generally indicates insufficient fertilizer or poor drainage.
Prune Citrus at any time of the year except winter. Pinch growing tips and cut back leggy branches to help a spindly tree fill out. Suckers (shoots growing from below the graft or emerging from the soil) should be cut back as soon as they're noticed.