Indoor Lemon Tree Care
How To Care For Indoor Lemon Trees
If you own or considering buying an indoor lemon tree, you will want to know how to care for this beautiful variety of indoor fruit tree. These trees are generally hardy, but three nagging issues come up from time to time. Here’s how to solve these three problems …
Problem #1: Excessive Leaf Shedding And Yellow Leaves
If planted properly in the container, most Meyer lemon trees are very easy to grow. A humid environment, adequate sunlight, and consistent watering are about all that is needed.
Sometimes though, this and other varieties of indoor citrus trees will experience excessive leaf shedding or yellowing leaves. This is usually a sign of a pot bound plant.
If you need to replant, you may want to prune a few roots to ensure the remaining roots have ample room. Untangle them and provide plenty of room for the roots to spread.
Problem #2: No Fruit
Normally, when Meyer lemon trees are shipped, they are about a year old, meaning they are an established plant. Like any plant though, they need to adapt to their new environment.
Under typical circumstances, your tree should bear fruit within a year. If you don’t get fruit, we recommend placing the tree outdoors in the warmer months. This allows the tree to be pollinated.
Another way is to have two indoor fruit trees. They will cross pollinate, which should solve the issue. If absolutely necessary, you can pollinate the trees by hand.
Problem #3: Pests
Meyer lemon trees are quite disease resistant, but depending on your indoor environment, they may become beset with pests occasionally.
The most common types are moths, fruit flies, and mites. If you see holes in leaves, followed by excessive shedding and yellowing, check for pests. Fruit flies are seen rather easily, while mites are not. The best way to check is with a magnifying glass. Examine the leaves closely. If you see small white specks that move around, your tree has mites.
The good news is, pest problems are relatively easy to resolve. As part of our watering routine, we mist our trees. You should mist a Meyer lemon three or four times a week, possibly more if your indoor humidity levels are low. If the problem persists, a good all purpose pest spray suitable for citrus trees is your next step. You can find one at any local garden center.
Meyer lemon trees, and any indoor fruit tree for that matter, are an excellent addition to your home. They are fragrant, easy to care for, and add a distinctive touch to your decor. Most problems are easily resolved, and your tree will generally produce ample fruit and last for many years.