Repotting My Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree

I’ve had my dwarf Meyer lemon tree for almost two years now, and although I was pretty sure I should repot it, I was hesitant because it was doing well, and I hated to upset the apple cart. However, recently while I was moving it from the sink to the plant stand and I dropped it! Now I had no choice but to repot.

Learn how to repot your Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. ~ gardenmatter.com

I purchased a pot a little larger than the original at Home Depot.

Learn how to repot your Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. ~ gardenmatter.com

I wanted something that was lightweight, the right size, and one with really good drainage. This one has several nice drainage holes and some feet to raise the pot. However, it also had this saucer attached to it which, although looks nice, may cause problems with water buildup. So, I removed it and replaced it with an inexpensive plastic saucer that was a little wider than the pot. This way I can see if there is any standing water, which you don’t want. Everything I’ve read about citrus trees, and many plants for that matter, is that they hate wet feet.

Learn how to repot your Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. ~ gardenmatter.com

Upon removing the tree from the original pot, I noticed that the root ball looked pretty good. The roots weren’t winding round the ball, and had good color.  It wasn’t overly dry, in fact, it was a little moist.

Learn how to repot your Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. ~ gardenmatter.com

I removed any loose planting material before setting the tree into its new pot. Put some potting soil in the new pot first. Maybe about 1/4-1/3 full. I used a soil that was specifically designed for citrus trees out of convenience but a coarse well draining mix is recommended by the grower. Set the tree in the pot and continue filling with soil. You want there to be some room left at the top about 1.5 inches with the crown roots just above the soil line. Then give it a good watering, making sure that the water runs through the bottom. Gently tamp down the soil to remove any air pockets.

Learn how to repot your Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. ~ gardenmatter.com

Once it has finished draining move it (don’t drop it) to its normal location. Mine is in the dining room now that the nights are colder. I have a full-spectrum bulb that is on a timer for 14 hours a day.

Learn how to repot your Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. ~ gardenmatter.com

You can see I have a few lemons that will be ready to harvest soon. Some of my leaves are tipped with yellow. I believe this is because I’ve had the plant outside all summer and the weather was crazy. We had a lot of rain in the beginning, probably too much for the tree and then no rain so that required me to get out and water it. Also, I didn’t fertilize it as much this summer so that may have caused the yellowing.

Learn how to repot your Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. ~ gardenmatter.com

Still you can see it is already starting to put on new growth.

You want there to be some room left at the top about 1.5 inches.

It’s also flowering and boy do the blossoms smell great. For more information about growing Dwarf Meyer Lemon Trees in containers check out Four Winds Growers.

Learn how to repot your Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. ~ gardenmatter.com

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. I’m so jealous, I tried an indoor lemon tree once and it didn’t work out. Think it was lack of light even though I had them near the window. Our home is rather shaded so I don’t bother much with indoor plants. However we plan to sell in the spring so perhaps in the future I can try again. Pinning for later. This is an excellent tutorial on repotting. Thanks a Bunch!

    • Thanks Carole. I know what you mean about lighting. I use a full spectrum light on several indoor plants but, I always say the next house will have more light and more sun in the yard.

  2. kim pinnix says:

    Hi Patti,
    I was wondering if you use anything to keep pests away from the lemon tree? Mine had some white bugs on it & I wanted something natural to spray on it. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Kim,

      Sounds like you have white fly. I have be fortunate enough so far to be pest free. I would try insecticidal soap. It is natural and known for helping with white flies. You can buy it at any garden center, big box store, probably at the hardware store. Make sure you spray under the leaves.

  3. Antoinette says:

    I have a lemon tree that is too large to bring indoors. What can I do to protect it from the winter?

    • Antoinette,

      I really don’t know enough to accurately help in this case. I would guess that would depend on where you live. I don’t think citrus tree would survive where I live. I suggest you try fourwindsgrowers.com which is where my lemon came from. They have a lot of good information on their site.

  4. if you are in Los Angeles or the Souther California area you can get meyers Lemon trees from http://paradisenursery.com/product/meyers-improved-lemon-trees/

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