Meyer Lemon (Complete Guide)
Mayer Lemon or Citrus x meyeri is a hybrid of C. limon x C. sinensis, (true lemon with sweet mandarin orange). It was first introduced to the United States from China in the early 20th century by Frank Meyer. This plant is a evergreen shrub, meaning the leaves and flower all year and have hardy stem.
It is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) meaning it is a self-fertile plant. However, having two or more trees will greatly increase the production of flower and fruits.
The size of this plant can grow from 1m to 3m in height at medium rate.
How to care:
For Soil: Soil need to moist, well drainage system and fertile.
For Watering : Check the soil once a week, it should be slightly dry before watering (not completely dry). Slowly pour water into the pot and count to 20, and see water running out of the bottom of the pot. Overwatering can harm the fruit production. Watering every one or two weeks.
For Light : Light need to be bright, can also place it in indoors but need enough sunlight to grow. They won’t flower without getting enough light. Make sure it get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
For Fertilizer: Fertilize with organic fertilizer (3 or 4 times per year).
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The plant need adjustment time to adapt and to mature when it arrived at new place. Approximately it can take around 6 months to mature and another 6 months to have a fruits (1 year ). Once it starts to produce the fruits, observe it until the skin colour turns from green to deep yellow orange, then it can be harvest.
The lemon Mayer fruit looks are much more smaller than regular lemon. It also has smoother, thin, deep yellow to orange skin, and dark yellow pulp. Since it is a hybrid with mandarin oranges, the taste of Mayer lemon are much sweeter than any other regular lemon!
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Author : Haziq Zainal