I dropped my dwarf Meyer lemon tree and the pot broke. See how I transplanted it into a new pot and some basic plant care.
After owning a Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree for two years now, I was pretty sure I should repot it. However, I was hesitant because it was doing well, and I hated to upset the apple cart.
Repotting a Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree
However, once while I was moving it from the sink to the plant stand I dropped it! Now I had no choice but to repot.
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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 dwarf Meyer lemon trees, and have experienced with most plants, 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 and it wasn't overly dry.
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.
Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree Soil
The grower recommends using a coarse well-draining soil mix. I ended up using a good standard potting soil and mixed it with perlite. I used a lot of perlite, maybe a third of the mix. This will ensure that the plant will drain well when watered.
Set the tree in the pot and continue filling with soil. Make sure that you leave some room at the top. About 1.5 inches with the crown roots just above the soil line. Then give it a good watering.
Watering a Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree Indoors
I like to put mine in the sink. One day this won't be feasible. Then I'll have to take it to the shower or add a larger draining pot underneath. I use a high nitrogen fertilizer, usually Miracid and pour a whole can of it on the plant. Most will drain into the sink. I'll let it sit for a few minutes while I water other plants. Then I'll tilt the plant and make sure all the excess water drains out. I only water every other week and sometimes less in the winter as it has a normal dormancy period.
,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.
After dropping this pot I decided it was getting too big and too heavy for me to water at the sink so I made a rolling plant stand out of a small cart. Now I can easily roll it to the kitchen sink.
You can see I have a few lemons that will be ready to harvest soon. They typically take about 9 months to fully ripen. Just like a human child. I don't mind because I really enjoy their beauty on the tree.
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.
P.S. I really adore growing this dwarf Meyer lemon tree at home but I've also made a few great recipes with the yummy lemons it produces. One is a tasty Meyer Lemon Cake with a Candied Peel Topping and another, a simple Meyer Lemon Sauce that works great on salmon. Of course, it works well with anything you would normally use a standard lemon. They are pretty much the same except that the Meyer Lemon is slightly sweeter.