“Is that a lime tree?”

Meyer Lemon Tree

This is a question that I’ve heard over and over this fall and winter. The story starts early last spring when I was planting my container garden. I was at the local greenhouse and saw a plant that I did not recognize to be local and upon further inspection I found out that it was a 3 year old potted Meyer lemon tree. Knowing very well that I would have to bring it in every winter I decided to pick it up and add it to my collection.

The plant grew and then blossomed in the mid to late summer and I soon brought it in to shield it from the temperature.  Guests would come over and see the growing fruits and ask if they were limes. I would laugh and say no they were lemons. However, after months of the fruits staying nice and green I began to doubt myself and thought that the plant could have been mislabeled.

Then splotchy coloring on the fruit appeared and I thought this could mean 2 things:

  1. I’ve killed the plant and it has a disease
  2. It’s ripening

Luckily, the answer was #2. After a few weeks and a growing yellow color, I’m now proud to say that the fruit has ripened.

Ripe Meyer Lemon Homegrown

“It’s a lemon tree!”

Being the person who likes to use every bit of my garden I’m at a loss on what I should do with my lemon.  I’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions. Feel free to e-mail or share them with me on twitter @PubCap.