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.
I purchased a pot a little larger than the original at Home Depot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Still you can see it is already starting to put on new growth.
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.