Growing dwarf citrus is so easy and fun I recommend it to everyone. I got my Meyer Lemon tree about 2 years ago and since then it’s bloomed three times, set fruit twice, and I’m hoping very soon to be picking my first lemon! You can see the big green fruit in the photo above (I really wish it was yellow for the photo) and you can’t tell but it’s as big as an average full-sized lemon from the grocery store. It ‘set’ way back at the end of May, right after I put the tree out on the deck for the summer, so it’s been a long and slow process in terms of it growing and now (hopefully any time) ripening but it’s been fun to have it around since it’s so unusual to have a houseplant that grows such large edible fruit right next to the couch.
The Meyer Lemon is a small tree that’s more than happy in a house-sized container and is known for being very prolific in terms of making fruit. They’re a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange so the fruit is not only edible but sweeter than average store-bought lemon varieties (I can’t wait to try one). And when it blooms the flowers don’t last long but they smell great — even from several feet away.
Caring for Meyer Lemons is also relatively easy as long as you have a sunny window (they prefer at least 8 hrs a day of full sun) and keep them watered regularly. You can buy trees of all ages and sizes, with the older/more mature trees costing the most but bearing fruit the earliest. Mine was pretty small when I got it (12″ or so) but they can grow to 4 or 5 feet depending on the size of the container, and most places say they should start producing fruit around 2-3 years old.
I highly recommend them for anyone who enjoys gardening and having houseplants. Here are some links to get you started if you’re interested in learning more.
Links if you’re interested in buying a tree (FYI I’ve never ordered from these places so shop smart!).