Meyer Lemons are a wintertime treat for those of us not located in tropical climates. They start arriving in our grocery stores near Thanksgiving and usually are available until about the end of February. I am not a coffee drinker but I drink my weight in hot tea every day! I like my tea with honey and lemon and Meyer lemons especially.
Meyer lemons were a cross between Mandarin Oranges and Lemons so they are sweeter and more juicy than the regular lemons. This year I am going to dry slices so I have them when they are not readily available in the store. Dry them just like the oranges in this blog post.
|I grew this Meyer Lemon from seed|
I have grown quite a few nice little seedlings in my greenhouse over the summer.The one above is one year old. I grew the ones on the right from seed this spring. I am selling them in my EBay Store - free shipping too. These grow pretty fast and are hardy down to 40° of course a sun room with a little added humidity would be good too.
There are pros and cons about seed grown Meyer Lemons. I've read that they are not as hardy as grafted ones but my seed grown trees are doing fine as you can see from the one above. There is always the possibility that the fruit will not be true to variety since the original Meyer lemon is a cross between an orange and lemon. I will be tickled to have braggin' rights to the fact that I grew a lemon of any kind here in Tennessee! Here is what The Citrus Guy says about Citrus from seed: "Now, to be completely truthful, there is always the possibility that the fruit you will get may or may not be the exact same as the fruit you ate. Bees travel great distances to collect pollen. Most citrus that you get in the store have come from very large groves of the same variety. If the fruit you happen to be eating came from the fringe of the grove and a very busy bee was coming from a different grove, there is a slight chance of cross pollination. Even thought there is a book out there, circa 1971, that suggests that if you plant a lemon seed you might get a grapefruit, the chances that you get what you want is pretty good. Besides, there are only three possibilities of what the fruit will taste like.....not as good, as good as, or better than.....two out of three ain't bad!"