It is about 6 - 10 feet high and has small dark green, shiny leaves. The flowers are white, purple and fragrant. The citrus fruit is of round shape with a deep yellow color and skin is thinner than ordinary lemons.
It develops an orange color when it is ripe and is sweeter, almost orange-like in taste, as it is less acidic. It grows well in regions of tropical climate. A tree which is propagated through seedling starts giving fruits in about four years.
For those of you who live in an apartment and would like to have some greenery around, growing it in a container is your best bet. Purchase the dwarf lemon tree variety as they are the most suitable to be grown in containers. Select a medium-sized container or terracotta pot and make some holes at the bottom of the pot or container for drainage.
Place some bits of broken terracotta over the holes and fill the container with good potting soil. Mix the soil with some slow release fertilizer so that the plant gets all the essential nutrients. Now, plant the Meyer tree in it, making sure that you do not destroy the roots.
The lemon fruit is light green in color at first, which becomes yellowish-orange as it ripens. Pruning should be restricted to cutting back branches that grow too much in height and to remove dead or damaged wood.
Pruning citrus trees is really not required as in container gardening they do not grow to a height. Avoid over-watering the plant in your enthusiasm as too much water will simply damage the plant and make it rot.
Use good quality potting soil that is a mixture of compost and soil and make sure that the soil is dry and alkaline. Carefully observe the plant and if you see yellowing leaves or that the leaves are shedding too soon, this will indicate that the plant is suffering from poor drainage or is being exposed to cold drafts and winds.
To combat these problems you need to replant the plant and shift the container to a sunny place. If you follow all these guidelines, you are sure to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Meyer lemons are one of the best citrus fruits and they can be used in many different ways.