Meyer Lemon Topiary
Delicious sweet-zesty fruit is less tart than other lemon varieties.
The Meyer Lemon is one of the most productive of all the citrus trees, setting a wonderful crop of thin-skinned fruits that have a less tart flavor than other lemon varieties. They're great for slicing and using as a garnish for cocktails, grating over dishes or adding to stir-fries for that fantastic citrusy "zing", or eating straight off the tree. And since it's self-fertilizing, you only need one tree to enjoy these tasty little lemons!
This Meyer Lemon Topiary is 1 to 1½ years old and anywhere from 18 to 24 inches tall, making it the perfect size for just about any home or patio, no matter how small. Even if you don't like lemons, the beauty and fragrance of this tree makes it a valuable member of your garden family. The little white flowers have a delicate, creamy, tropical scent that's most welcome, and the attractive fruit and lovely foliage will dress up any setting. Get one for yourself or send one as a gift. We're quite positive you'll be thrilled with its performance!
The Lemon Topiary arrives planted in an Italian-made terra cotta pot with a saucer. Container dimensions: 6" H x 6" diameter.
|Item Form||Gift Plants|
|Additional Characteristics||Decorative Plants, Fragrant, Pruning Recommended, Trees|
|Recipient||Coworker, Father, For Her, For Him, Gifts for Gardeners, Grandparent, Mother|
|Restrictions||Canada, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virgin Islands|
Please water immediately upon arrival!!!!
This miniature relative of our well-known lemon has a long history in its sub- tropical home of origin. Prized for its intense, sweet lemon flavor and culinary applications, these citrus jewels can be sliced and used as garnish for cocktails, tossed into stir- fry, to provide a citrusy zing, grated over dishes or eaten right off the tree. The white flowers are most notable for their creamy, delicate, tropical fragrance. This small- scale orchard replica will delight for many years to come. Use the general guidelines below as a point of reference.
Citrus grows best between 55° and 85° F. Indoor temperatures averaging 65° are conducive to growth if light is adequate.
As bright as possible but avoid excess heat, this will dry out the soil too quickly. In the landscape they enjoy full sun. A location that provides morning sun or filtered light throughout the day is ideal. When grown indoors tree should be kept a minimum of 24” from windows as they will act as a magnifying glass and burn the leaves.
Water as needed to keep soil moist, not wet. Watering frequency varies with location and climate. A well balanced liquid fertilizer should be used with every 2nd or 3rd watering and is important to the health of your tree.
Vital nutrients are flushed from the soil with each watering and need to be replenished. Citrus in general are heavy feeders, especially iron, manganese and zinc. Your local nursery should have an adequate liquid feed available. Yellowing leaves indicate lack of fertilizer or overwatering.
Prune to shape as you desire, keeping in mind the small- scale size of the plant and its container. Flowers will appear from small shoots that originate where the leaves meet the stem. Flowers sporadically throughout the year, heaviest in the spring.
If too much new growth is produced at the branch tips, don’t be shy about cutting it back to a lower position to shorten the trees height as it begins to re-grow. Planting in a larger container is the easiest way to keep the plant healthy. Remove the tree from its pot every 2-3 years and remove about 1/3 of the roots. Re-pot with a blended potting soil. This will encourage new roots and keep it growing happily.
Keep the tree from cold extreme temperatures in a bright location through the winter. Depending on your location, you could leave it outside in a frost free area or in a bright, warm room if freezing temperatures occur. Heated rooms may need additional humidity to help the leaves stay lush. As old leaves fall off, fertilize regularly to create new growth and keep the tree productive.