[NAFEX] meyers lemon (was figs)
aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 12 09:14:16 EST 2010
Ginda, Meyer lemons are fairly cold hardy for citrus, but too sweet for my
taste. I prefer a Lisbon. Still, I think I would only go to that much trouble
for a Persian lime. The one in the back yard produces huge and fragrant limes
that have very little resemblance to the grocery store limes. The fragrance only
lasts for an hour or so after they are picked, so growing my own is the only way
I just made some pies with some of the last of this year's crop. Five minutes
from the tree to in the pie. I managed to capture that fresh-picked fragrance
and since I only pick limes as I need them, they get very large so I only need
the zest and juice from two for a pie.
We also have Satsuma Mandarins, grapefruit/pomelo hybrid, Blood orange and both
Meyer and Lisbon lemon as well as Rajapuri hardy banana Some sort of fig that
was here when the house was purchased and a pecan tree with bitter nuts. Working
on putting in some low-chill cherries next year, and maybe a plum or two. SWMBO
is a hard sell.
----- Original Message ----
From: Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sat, December 11, 2010 1:04:52 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] meyers lemon (was figs)
On Dec 11, 2010, at 11:15 AM, Alan Haigh wrote:
> . . . I hope someone will do some more experiments to sort this out- meanwhile
>I'm OK with putting my trees in the well house. Digging them up cuts enough
>roots to help dwarf them and it's actually quicker than putting up a fence ring
>and filling with leaves.
I live in zone 6, and have a Meyers lemon that I put out every summer, and treat
as a houseplant during the winter. It often loses its leaves when I move it in
and out, especially in. I think it's partly from the shock of having its roots
trimmed (not on purpose, but you can't pot a ground-dwelling plant without
trimming some roots) and partly from the change in temperature and humidity.
I tried something new this year. I dug it up and put it in its pot. Then I
watered it VERY well, and let it sit outdoors another day or two, to acclimatize
itself to being potted, and to fully hydrate itself. This seems to have
worked. It didn't shed any leaves this year, neither the old tired leaves nor
the tender new growth it had just been hardening off when I potted it up.
By the way, people sometimes as why I don't just leave it in the pot over the
summer, outdoors. The
answer is that I cannot water it reliably enough to keep it alive in a pot in
the sun. But it doesn't really need all that much water, so it does fine
planted in the ground. Even during droughts, I rarely water it.
eastern MA, zone 6
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