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Improved Meyer Lemons
« on: June 07, 2016, 01:56:26 PM »
I checked on my little lemon tree today and it is loaded with small lemons. I had to remove some of them earlier because there were a hundred or better and I was afraid it would damage the tree. I planted this tree last year on what will be the south side of our new house. Hopefully we won't have a terrible winter or I'll have to cover it.
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2016, 05:43:55 PM »
  The best my Meyer ever did was 108 lemons in one season.  That is when it was only 4' tall and about 3' around.  It was a heck of a lot more yellow than green.  All excellent lemons that I juiced and canned.   ;)

  My favorite and best producing citrus tree. 
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2016, 08:25:06 PM »
Tbird,
How did you can the juice?  My first little ImpML tree is bearing, too!  I pulled tons of blooms off, to give the root system a chance to develop properly.

There are about 15 lemons growing.

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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 01:19:57 AM »
  I simply wash the lemons, cut in half, juice with a reamer, heat the juice to 190 degrees, pour the juice in pint jars, install lids and water bath the jars for 5 minutes.  It works for me.

  Here is a link to a similar way to go about it.    ;)


http://pickyourown.org/lemonjuice.htm 
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2016, 07:02:22 AM »
Making marmalade is an easy way to use up some citrus fruit.  http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2010/marmalade-is-way-easier-than-it-looks/  A few years ago I wintered in the Rio Gand Valley and I made lemon, grapefruit marmalades.  The only change to that recipe was that I used juice to replace the water because there was so much fruit to use. 
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2016, 10:03:21 AM »
Thanks, Tbird and Gopherbroke!  :-* :-*
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2016, 11:44:21 AM »
Beautiful tree Double B!
Did you start it from seed?


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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2016, 11:57:01 AM »
Maggie,

I did not start it from seed. I purchased it and it but it seems happy being on the south side of the new house. Now if the water would dry up and I can get this place mowed it would make my day :o

We have had three days in a row of dry weather and the framers are nearly finished. They have the tray ceilings in the formal dining and master bedroom finished and lack the entry hall. The radiant barrier decking arrived today and hopefully the carpenters will show up today or tomorrow to get the house decked so it will be dried in.
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2016, 12:30:32 PM »
I sure would like some preserved lemons right now to use in a cucumber salad and / or salad dressing.  It sounds pretty good right now.
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2016, 02:00:08 PM »
Since I've never grown lemons before, how do I know when they're ready?  Mine are swelling up, but they're still hard.  Are Improved Meyer Lemons supposed to turn yellow or stay green?

Thanks!

This was taken on 5/23/16.  I repotted the plant up to a larger container, and there are more lemons on it, now.
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2016, 05:32:11 PM »
They are ready when they turn a pretty yellow.  And Maggie, all citrus is grafted on root stock.

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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2016, 08:12:03 PM »
I am still picking lemons.....I have two trees and the produce like crazy.....

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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2016, 08:23:01 PM »
My sister squeezes the lemons and pours the juice in an ice cube tray and freezes them. Once frozen she empties them in a zip lock bag. Each cube is about a tablespoon. This is great for fresh lemon juice in recipes.
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2016, 02:36:44 PM »


Gymgirl your lemons are looking good!

Davidx357 does that mean the two seeds I started from a Meyers Lemon will not produce Meyers lemons?
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2016, 08:54:18 AM »
Maggie
I am not sure what you will end up with, but there is some reason that all citrus comes grafted.   There is some information on this on the internet.

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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2016, 01:11:09 PM »
We lovingly refer to our ole Meyer lemon tree as the lemon monster.  Here is this years crop:
http://cappyandpegody.blogspot.com/2016/02/lemony-pickins-series-of-unfortunate.html

All we do to it is every February we fertilize it and all our fruit  and nut trees with 13-13-13 

Only advice I have I know its heart breaking but the more fruit you take off the first year the more energy the tree has to grow.  It pays big the next year.

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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2016, 04:25:12 PM »
Thank you, Maggie! ;D ;D
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So, Cappy,

I should cut off those few Imp Meyer Lemons I have?  :'( :'(

To get a better harvest next year?  :-\ :-\

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P.S.  How much Triple 13 should I put in my planter in February?  I just transplanted it into a planter that's roughly 2X the circumference and height in the picture above. 

And how soon after I fertilize in February should I expect to harvest the fruits again?

Thanks! 

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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2016, 05:11:10 PM »
Wow Cappy,

That is a monster harvest for sure. I can taste a tall glass of ice cold lemonade from here. I took all f my lemons off of my tree last year and hope the ones I have this year will make it. The little tree is growing and I used some fertilizer spikes occasionally to feed it.

Also, what do you and your wife do with all of that lemon juice?
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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2016, 12:29:57 PM »
Here is a couple good things to do with all that lemon juice.
http://cappyandpegody.blogspot.com/2009/03/lemon-jelly.html

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Re: Improved Meyer Lemons
« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2016, 06:00:28 PM »
I just ran across this recipe, and I thought of all you suffering from lemon overload that some might enjoy this recipe. http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/chick-fil-a-copycat-frosted-lemonade/   They use fake lemonade, but y"all can figure it out, and I sure could use a nice frosted drink this afternoon. 
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