Meyer lemon tree advice

southeast1September 20, 2012

I'm new here, and was hoping someone will give me guidance.

I live in Washington, D.C. and have been growing a Meyer lemon tree in a large, West-facing window for about six months. All things considered, everything is going well. But I want to make sure the tree grows in a healthy way.

I bought the tree from a hardware store in March. The clerk could not tell me how old it was at the time. I'd estimate the size was 1 foot tall by 1 foot wide.

I have no yard or outdoor living space, and thought I'd see how long the tree would last indoors. Since I bought it, the leaves have multiplied, the branches have grown several inches, and I now have 5 in-progress lemons that are green and about the size of golf balls, or slightly larger. There are also several sharp shoots sticking out of every branch (but not at the base of the tree).

From time to time, some of the leaves have turned yellow and fallen off. But this happens infrequently and has never affected the whole tree. Overall, the leaves are a lighter green than I have seen on other Meyer lemon trees (in photos), but I have attributed that to the tree's location indoors.

I lightly water the tree once a week. Nothing special.

I'm wondering:

-When should I move the tree out of its black, plastic nursery pot and into something larger? What soil should I use? What size pot?

-Can I simply 'pot up' at first? Or should I be prepared to prune the roots, etc.? I have never done that before.

-Is it normal for the lemons to be at golf-ball stage in September? Is it a problem if my tree is off schedule?

-What else can I do to ensure the health of my tree? I read about checking the soil's pH level, watering with vinegar, etc. Do I need to prune it?

Thank you in advance ....

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

You don't say what size the nursery pot you bought it in is. If it is a five gallon size you will be ok until next spring at least. Five lemons sounds like a lot for a tree a foot tall in March, watch that you don't break the small branches that are pretty brittle and easily broken. You should be feeding monthly with a fertilizer labeled for acid loving plants like Camellia. I doubt if you can find citrus labeled fertilizer in your location which would be better, due to added minors. About a tablespoon of fertilizer a month. Al

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 10:42AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

You'll find a lot of info about maintaining trees in containers over the long term below.

Al

Here is a link that might be useful: Click me for more

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 1:22PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Southeast1...What's up? Did you receive the help you needed?

If you need anymore, feel free to ask. I have been growing dozens of kinds of citrus in pots for years up here in the North East and succeed.

Mike

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 9:06PM
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