The Best Season Ever: Meyer Lemons in Fruit

Provided you take the place of insect pollinators, Meyer lemons eagerly produce their uniquely sweet fruits even when they spend much of their lives indoors and insect-free.


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Last January I was, paint brush in hand, gamely assisting with pollination of the blossoms of my pair of young trees. A year later, luscious fruits are dropping from heavy-laden branches. Supportive staking seemed urgent lest the fecund branches became weighted beyond their ability to bend.


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My pair of trees are still toddlers of two to three feet. It was striking how heavily they flowered last winter—and that there's nary a bud on them now. This first crop of fruits was maximized by my hand-pollination; maturing the resultant lemons has required the trees' full resources. As the trees grow, they'll achieve the critical mass needed to be able to produce flowers and fruits simultaneously.


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Maturing the rest of the crop seems to be this winter's full focus. I'll check on the remaining fruits at my weekly visits to the greenhouse; the days are still too short to require more frequent stops. The sooner the lemons are harvested, the sooner the trees can use their energy for vegetative and floral growth.


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Fruit-free branches are out of danger of snapping, too; it wasn't possible or desirable to provide more permanent support than a center stake. I'll pinch new growth lightly in hopes that new branches will stay short enough to support fruit safely.  



It's likely that these Citrus x meyeri will resume flowering in late winter. I'll provide a full profile then.


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