The lyrics to the song ‘Lemon tree very pretty and the flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.’
Don’t tell that to my young granddaughter. She loves lemons…even sipping the pure juice from a lemon. Yes, indeed, we have told her to beware of your teeth and take care.
She enjoys going to our backyard and picking beautiful Meyer lemons from our tree.
It started years ago when I purchased a Meyer lemon potted patio tree from our local nursery. Meyer lemons were new to me then and I just had to try one. The plant was growing nicely on my patio. Then we were going to have a large patio party and on a whim I decided to plant it our yard not knowing that any potted plant or tree will grow larger when planted in the ground.
What a surprise when this plant turned into a beautiful tree producing wonderful sweet tasting lemons almost year around. The leaves are a deep shiny green which blossom twice a year. The blossoms are so fragrant it is hard to believe I live in the desert and not in some tropical local.
The care of our Meyer lemon tree is simple. As many know it is a cross between an ordinary lemon and an orange. It can reach a height of 6-10 feet but pruning will keep it more manageable. It does need 6 hours of sunlight and morning sun and afternoon shade is best for those in the hottest summer areas.
Allow soil to dry out slightly between waterings and fertilize regularly with a high nitrogen fertilizer. Anyones local nursery can give them more precise details as I seem to do the minimal and mine produces abundantly most years.
Then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Below is a picture of our lemon tree and and one with a large bowl of picked lemons and a grocery bag full. I have also included a favorite recipe of mine that I use for salads, grilled vegetables, cooking fish and marinating and basting chicken.
1/4 C olive oil
1/4 C fresh squeezed lemon juice
1T honey or more to taste
2 t minced oregano
1-2 garlic cloves minced (opt)
pinch sea salt and ground pepper to your taste
Whisk all ingredients in small bowl and adjust seasonings to your taste. I often add a little more honey. Let set awhile and whisk again before serving.
Great with any salad, grilled vegetables, or use with fish or marinate your chicken with this before baking or grilling.