'Meyer Improved' Lemon
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'Meyer Improved' Lemon

'Meyer Improved' Lemon

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Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Sun
Blooms In: Jun-Aug
Mature Height: 4-5' Spacing: 5'
Read our Growing Guide Ships Weather Permitting
Fragrance: Yes
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A hybrid between a Lemon and an Orange, which makes 'Meyer Improved' a little sweeter than regular Lemons. It's also a prolific bearer. You'll enjoy the heavenly scent from luscious blooms followed by fruit in midwinter.

Gardeners and cooks in all regions of the country can grow Citrus trees with our specialty plants. 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 handcrafted clay Cottage pot that measures approximately 10" wide x 8½" tall with matching saucer
  • Includes a slow-release Citrus fertilizer (18-5-10) to sprinkle at the base of your plant, and a foliar micronutrient concentrate for spraying on the leaves (spray bottle not included)



WEATHER PERMITTING - Working with Mother Nature

In our business, we work closely with Mother Nature. In the colder months when we stipulate that an item is shipped “weather permitting”, that means temperatures outside our shipping facility in northwestern Connecticut and along the shipping route must be warm enough for tender plants to survive in unheated delivery trucks. Our practice of waiting for windows of milder weather may result in the occasional delay, but our customers tend to appreciate the care we take to make certain their plants arrive in the very best possible condition. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call our customer service staff at 1-800-411-6159.


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.


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. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the 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.



Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (8 Reviews) Write a Review

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Loved my lemon tree!

I had my lemon Tree for about 12 years! It always was in bloom or had beautiful fruit! Last summer, I sat it on the porch and a deer stripped all the fruit and every leaf off of it. As hard as I tried, I could not revive it. Please let me know when you have them back in stock. They are wonderful!

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Meyer Lemon

I received my tree in the spring of '21. It was beautiful. As we are in a very humid climate and I misted it daily it did really well on my back porch. Come fall I took it in and placed it under a grow light for a light source and the room was 72 degrees. I had an automatic water system. There were three lemons on it when I moved it. Then it instantly died. Nothing. I am trying to find a replacement as the lemons we got were amazing. Beware this tree is apparently very fickle.

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Meyer lemon

My first Meyer arrived frozen, and it was promptly replaced by WFF. Citrus are very fussy about inconsistent water, but on a drip system outside in summer & a scrupulous watering schedule in a heated greenhouse in winter it thrived for 10 years and was unbelievably productive (I tried to post a picture but wasn't successful). Unfortunately, during completion of our new home, one of the workmen moved it from the greenhouse to the deck and left it overnight . . . dead as a doornail. I cannot wait until WFF has them back in stock. I'll be first in line.

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Prolific Producer

I have this tree in a galvanized container on a protected west facing porch. The first year, we had tons of blossoms but only three (delicious) lemons. This year, despite hurricanes, it has produced beautifully! We made Meyer lemon hummus, Meyer lemon marmalade and just good old fashioned lemonade! Between this and the key lime tree, we are in heaven!

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Great gift

Received plant loaded with tiny fruit as birthday gift spring 2019. I put it outside until Labor Day when I brought it inside to acclimate before before heat was turned on. I’ve harvested 3 perfect lemons and wait for 4 more to mature.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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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.

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.

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.

Since Citrus are heavy feeders, we include a nutrient spray and a slow-release fertilizer with our Citrus plants. For the nutrient spray: Once your plant has acclimated to its new home (about 4-6 weeks from receipt of plant) and when it is warm enough to spray your plant outdoors in your area, add all of the product to 4 oz of water in a spray bottle (not included). Move plant to a shady location and spray the leaves. Avoid spraying the blooms. Apply weekly until gone. For the slow-release fertilizer: Once your plant has acclimated to its new home (about 4-6 weeks from receipt of plant), uniformly spread complete package contents on the soil at the base of your plant. Do not mix with water or apply to foliage.

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.