Tuesday, November 27, 2012

LEMON TREE VERY PRETTY

And the lemon flower is sweet,
And the fruit of the lemon is delicious to eat.


Another great crop of improved Meyer lemons, despite a difficult summer. They are considerably smaller this year and still a few weeks away from being fully ripe. When the faint tinge of green on the skins finally disappears I will know that they are ready to pick. This one pot has 33 lemons. If you have never grown this fruit then put it on your list for next year. The dwarf trees are so easy to grow. In my garden the trees spend the summer outside and then come indoors for the winter. In the early spring flowers begin to open perfuming the house with that Southern California fragrance.


On some of the other trees the branches are weighed down by the weight of fruits. I am not one to thin. I'll be making lemon curd, lemon marmalade, lemon bars, lemon pudding, crepes a la English style, and Meyer lemon olive oil. I'll also be giving plenty away.


My little calamondin is grown only for decoration. The fruit is far too bitter. Its little fruits will brighten the house on cold winter days.

10 comments:

  1. For as tough as your summers are, those little trees certainly look healthy. Enjoy the fruits!
    :)

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  2. Oh, now I'm singing that song! I have frozen two Meyer lemon trees, but you are motivating me to try another. Just need to buck up and bring it inside! Those lemons do make the most delicious lemon bars and meringue pie.

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    1. Several years ago when we had that very cold winter theses trees were outside. They froze and lost every leaf but made a comeback. That year they had no fruit but are back again fruiting every year.

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  3. Ooh! How much light do these need in winter? Would you try growing these if you still lived "up north" here?

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    1. What do you have to lose. Your summers are warm enough and if you have a sunny spot int he winter I would give it a try. They are really unfussy little trees.

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  4. That is pretty, I added a meyer lemon tree in a container to the garden this year and have one fruit ripening. Nice to see how well they grow and produce in our region with a little winter protection.







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  5. I have a little Meyer lemon tree as well and I never trim it. It gets bedraggled looking but still produces a few great lemons. I have a new stock tank that I'm going to try to grow it in outdoors. It's up against the house and faces south. It's a nice micro-climate but I hope it's good enough to withstand most winters! If not, I'll just go back to the old pot method.

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    1. Like yours mine are very bedraggled. I never have to prune them and they never seem to grow very much. I think I am going to try putting one in the ground too. The question is where would be a good spot. Maybe even in the same place they grow in the summer which is a south facing wall.

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  6. Oh my goodness!! HOW do you do it? I have one tree. It made ONE lemon the first year and never again. Sniff. I love lemon sooo much. Maybe my tree needs a friend?

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