Image of bright yellow Meyer Lemons on the tree with glossy green leaves.  Photo credit to Ernest Porzi on unsplash.

Lemon (Meyer) Tree

FRUIT-LEMON-2-6

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If you only have room for one citrus tree in your garden, then the popular Meyer Lemon is the perfect choice.   The easy-care Meyer Lemon is a prolific producer that will yield lots of delicious citrus for use in the kitchen.  It is one of the more cold hardy Lemon varieties grown in New Zealand.  

Urban Bounty Meyer Lemon Trees come in a 3.5 litre pot.

About Meyer Lemon Trees

Lemon (Citrus x latifolia) are an evergreen, fragrant citrus that originated from Asia (primarily Northeast India, Northern Myanmar and China).   Meyer Lemons (citrus x meyeri) combine the best of Lemons and Mandarins in one hybrid tree.  They have glossy green leaves and fragrant white blossoms.  Better yet, they produce lots of juicy, yellow citrus fruit in winter - just when a vitamin C boost is needed most! Their flavour is lemony, but slightly sweeter than a traditional lemon.  

Once established, a Meyer Lemon tree fruits most of the year round (it takes about 2 years for a young tree to bear fruit.) This is one of the few citrus varieties that is hardy enough to be grown by cutting, from its own rootstock.  In the ground, it will grow to between 3 and 4 metres tall and produce fruit roughly two years after planting.  (In a pot the tree will be smaller.) 

A Lemon tree is an essential addition to your garden, whether it is an apartment, elegant, Mediterranean or coastal space!

Culinary Uses for Meyer Lemons

Lemons are used in so many different types of cuisine, but they really are a signature ingredient in lots of European, Mediterranean, Mexican and Middle Eastern dishes. The tart, sour juice is delicious in a lemon drizzle cake, melting moment or shortbread biscuits. 

We love it in savory dishes too - a squeeze of lemon juice is often all that is required to balance the flavour or guacamole, a salad dressing or steamed fish.  Lemon risotto is another citrus-based dish that isn't to be missed!  Lemons are also great in hot and cold beverages - winter lemon and honey drinks through to Gin and Tonic or fruit punch. 

Growing Conditions - Dwarf Meyer Lemon 

In New Zealand, the best times to plant Lemon trees are spring, autumn and winter (if your area is frost-free).  The Meyer variety is self-fertile, so you only need to plant one tree to set fruit.  Companion plant with Dill, Yarrow, Thyme, Marigold, Borage, Cosmos or Calendula.

The most important condition for a healthy Lemon tree is sun-dappled shade, and lots of warmth.  Plant in slightly acidic, free draining soil and shelter from wind and frost.  In the summer, it is important to keep the soil around the tree moist.  We recommend watering deeply twice a week in dry weather, and when the tree is young.  

Healthy citrus trees need regular food.  As their roots are shallow, they prefer a little food, often.  Monthly doses of fertiliser, including worm tea, compost and seaweed tea are needed from April through to September, moving to six weekly doses from September to March.   Yellowing leaves can be a sign you need to fertilize your tree.

Tips for Growing Lemon Trees in a Container

Choose a good sized pot with adequate drainage holes (larger is better) and position in a sunny spot.  Potted citrus need a rich, free draining soil mix designed for container growing.   You also need to water and feed them more often than citrus planted directly in the garden.   

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.

 

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