Dwarf Meyer lemon bush (trees) are perfect for tiny gardens!
Who says you need massive land space to grow an orchard of citrus?
Not in my garden world!
I have 7 dwarf Meyer Lemon (Improved) bushes flourishing and fruiting in two small garden beds.
You should see the size of the fruit!
The scent and the taste are surprisingly full-flavored coming from such a small plant.
And the naches it inspires in me when I can say, “I’m going to the garden to pick a fresh lemon” is like nothing else….except for maybe when my kids do something clever.
Expect full-size fruit from the dwarf Meyer Lemon bush
The naturally mounding bush can be maintained as short as three feet tall without compromising fruit production.
If you have a patio or balcony and want just one citrus tree, I recommend this one.
The Meyer lemon is evergreen and bears fruit in my zone 10 garden practically year round.
It always looks good!
Planting zones south of mine usually do well with this citrus tree because it does not require extremely hot temperatures to fruit, as it is sour fruit.
That said, the dwarf Meyer Lemon tree should be overwintered indoors or in a protected area if you live in “snow country” or areas susceptible to frost.
The Meyer lemon is much sweeter than other lemons such as the Eureka or Lisbon and the peel ripens to warm burnt ocher, almost orange color.
The Meyer lemon bush is a great shrub in this mixed border of lavender and blue oat grass
The first time I squeezed a Meyer lemon, it practically fell apart.
The peel is thin and the fruit has only a few seeds.
Juice spring forth with the slightest squeeze.
I was tempted to take a piece of the peel and chew on it, but I passed.
I’ll have to try a candied peel recipe sometime.
I’ve heard that the thin peel makes the candy especially delicious!
Enough about me.
So, what does my precious little lemon tree need to stay in top form, keep the fruit coming and make me happy?
Citrus trees in my sunny, mild Southern California climate require a good dose of nitrogen and micronutrients like iron, zinc, and manganese.
I usually apply an organic fertilizer blend like Dr. Earth’s Organic Fruit Tree Fertilizer, to make feeding “no brainer ” practice.
As far as watering is concerned, I keep it moist, but not soggy and never allow it to dry out during the growing season.
Soggy and overly dry conditions invite pests and disease.
Oh, the joy of dwarf fruit trees!
Make some space for these dwarf Meyer lemons in your yard.
I’ll have to tell you about my other dwarf fruit trees sometimes.
I have them espaliered; I have them in pots and yes, even trained as “vines.”
I work them into my landscape, not only in the designated vegetable and fruit garden
My garden is a “walk and eat” kind of place….just like an Eden should be.