Roberta's 1-piece Carrizo Dwarf Meyer Lemon Patio Plant
I'm growing lemons in Pa.!!!
I got my tree 2 summers ago. Of course the first year it just grew, but the next I got 5 lemons. Last year I got 17 !!! I'm clipping it back now so it gets bushier. I'm getting my Mother in law one for Mothers Day this year. Oh and my lemons are huge. Not the little lemons you buy in the store, and not as tart either. I do not have a green thumb so if I can do it so can you. I got the orange tree also and am looking forward to some oranges this year. Don't hesitate. It's fun to grow lemons in Pa.
I purchased this tree more than three years ago.. The first season it had a few blooms but no fruit. As the plant has grown now for four or five years, it has plenty of very sharp thorns. Why hasn't anyone mentioned that?? Well, I purchased another for this season and hope maybe I will have better results.. I will read the success stories for tips..
annual/perennial? Bare tree
Basically had this shipped to my daughter's house in Illinois. Had decent leaves, and did OK. Daughter decided for me to bring it home with me to Florida where it is suppose to be a perennial in area 10 and 11, and then bring it back when we come back up in May. Well it is now a bare tree with 2 small flowers on it and like another reviewer stated looks like it has grown thorns. I fertilized with their fertilizer and have kept it wet. And even when it got to the 40's I brought it inside for the night. Very disappointed, was going to try orange tree but decided against it. Wasted money and time.
Strong/health lemon tree/bush
I received my plant approximately 24 months ago. I wanted to see what it would do before I gave a review. This is a rather long-ish one.
First, it arrived in okay/good condition. I planted it in a pot (I live in zone 7 so I knew I could not leave it outside). When it turned colder (45F) I brought it indoors. I didn't have and didn't get any special light. I stuck it on the floor in a west facing window. I watered it 1-2x a month. It lived.
Next spring I took it outside (west exposure). The leaves stayed on it and I mostly remembered to water, but it did try out terribly. No fruit and not a great looking plant (I believe there were things that looked like thorns) but the large green leaves stayed. By this time I was wondering if I should have fertilized it but only wanted to use organic (because if fruit did come, we would want to eat it) but couldn't find any for acid loving fruit trees. Time passed and all remained the same except I was moving houses.
In the new house I stuck it outside and (east/south facing). Poor thing was mostly forgotten about because I was so overwhelmed with the move and boxes and divorce. By October I found the fertilizer but the guy at the store said now was not the time to use it -- wrong season. So I waited but the plant sent me other messages -- some of the best scented flowers appeared!!! I was told that I needed to help the plant cross fertilize from the flower pollen (since there were no bees in my house to do this). But I didn't, instead I decided to use the fertilizer. Within a few weeks tiny green fruit appeared on the tree. Now, months later, the fruit are larger (still green).
Poor plant keeps getting moved around, but it is an amazing trooper. It was in my son's room, but I was afraid he was watering it too much so I put it in the family room. There I was worried it wouldn't get enough light so it's now in the dining room (west facing). I think I'll give more fertilizer. Some websites recommended the soil remaining moist (I had been letting it dry out between waterings). Perhaps in a few months we'll have yellow lemons to enjoy.
As you can see in the review, I didn't take great care of the plant and yet it has approximately 6 fruit on the tree and it appears 4 more are budding. I'm so excited (there are more flowers and they really smell wonderful) about this crazy plan experience and the potential to have home grown lemons!!!
Died in less than a year.
I ordered in 2012 and it was growing nicely. I brought it in for the winter and it was green, but this Sunday I noticed it was dead. I really liked this plant, but not for cold climates even if placed indoors. Roberta's couldn't replace it since it is considered an annual. So sad.
I bought 2 trees years ago and they produced fruit the first year.....lots and lots of fruit!!! The flowers scent my home around the christmas holidays and by feb I already have baby lemons growing. I put them outside around mothers day and all my friends take bagsof lemons home with them by summer when they are ripe.
Very easy to care for. Just keep them watered and give them sun. Inside my home in the colder weather they do fine in front of a sunny window.
Love the tree!
Got this tree last May .We followed easy planting instructions & it did very well outside . We brought the tree indoors as we are in N.Y. & it started to have flowers & we have a lot of lemons growing ! I was so excited to see the lemons as I read you may not get any fruit the 1 st year or so ! I am very pleased with my purchase ! Beware of the thorns as another reviewer wrote they are quite sharp !
I bought this last year and it arrived maybe late May. It was packed well for shipping and had been severely pruned to avoid damage to the branches. Had I not been used to purchasing bare-rooted trees (this was not bare-rooted but in a tall pot) I was have thought it an "ugly duckling". It slowly began to leaf out. I pinched the tips of the new growth late summer to make it branch out more and become bushier. I now wish I had done this when the new growth was only 6-7 inches long. And then again when when the new branching was about the same length. All of the new branches are now 20-26 inches long and the ones I pinched have 2-4-way branching beginning at the point where I pinched them back.
In late September, I moved it up close to the house for added warmth during the cool nights. When frost threatened, I moved it to an unheated, glassed-in patio. I can usually keep all but the most tender of plants, such as impatients, here until late December, when the temps out on the patio can approach freezing during the nights. I was expecting to see to see blooms in November as the info sheet that came with it said, but that didn't happen. I moved it into the house at the end of December.
I have had no leaf drop due to any of the moves. I had given up expecting to see any blooms but a couple weeks ago when I was caring for it, I noticed a little growth that did not look like a new leaf. Since then, at least a hundred new buds plus new growth have appeared. In the next day or two, I expect that the first buds will begin to open. I can't wait for the fragrance. There are so many buds that if they all survive, I'm sure I will have to pick some of them. Otherwise the weight of the fruit will break the small branches.
My Best Plant Purchase For 2012!
This tree has done wonderfully! It's very healthy and is growing like crazy. It arrived in best condition of all the plants I ordered. The blooms filled my sunporch with a sweet scent. I tried counting the lemons yesterday, but I stopped when I got to 40.
The only thing that I wasn't aware of is that the branches are filled with huge, obnoxious 2-inch thorns. That should be made very clear in the presentation for someone who has a younger child or another situation that would be important to know.
Totally pleased with mine. Can't wait for ripe lemons!!
myer lemon tree
got mine in may and it grew lots of leaves but no flowers yet. I now have it indoors so it's avoided the cold Wi weather. I give it rain water when I can as my orchids love it so does the lemon tree. where do I get citris fertilizer? i also added begonia's to the bottom so it didn't look so bare.
still no fruit
I have had this plant for 3 years and have never seen a lemon! Leaves fall and I bring it back in for winter, and out for summer and still NO Lemons for 3 years..I would not reccomend this purchase.
A LOT OF WORK AND PATIENCE NEEDED
I am an avid gardner and live in zone 6a. Yes you fight losing leaves when you transfer it from outside to inside and back out again. If you put it in a unheated garage or closed porch for a few days by a window before taking it indoors/outside it will not go into shock as badly and lose most of it's leaves. You have to harden it off like you do a baby plantling. From spring to fall you need to lightly feterlize with a liquid feterlizer every week and scatter the bead feterlizer on the top of the soil to keep it healthy and blooming flowers, being careful to not let it dry out. Not a forgiving plant if you let it dry out. It will get plently of flower blooms, but only about 2-10% of those booms will actually produce fruit while the rest drop off. This is not unsual, as it is like this in nature for most fruit trees. My problem was fighting off the aphids, which was the most difficult part of growing this plant, because once it gets infected with aphids it will be a constant battle if you don't use the correct insecticide in the beginning of the battle. Because of the aphids I am on my second plant, trial and error. Nice to have the gotta grow guarantee. I have brought may things throught out the years from Roberta's and their customer service is one of the best!