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Meyer Lemon Tree

Meyer lemon trees, having its origin in China, were brought to the United States in 1908 by Frank Nicholas Meyer, a renowned green explorer.
It is an ornamental potted plant.
Its food value was identified by Alice Waters.
By the middle of 1940's, this tree began to be widely grown in California.
At that time, symptomless carriers of Citrus tristeza virus destroyed million of lemon trees world over.
However, Don Dillon of Four Wind Growers, California developed a virus free variety in the 50's which was later certified by the University of California in 1975 for cultivation.
Its popularity took a new height when Martha Stewart started featuring Meyer lemons in her recipes.
Meyer lemon trees are usually 6-10 feet tall with dark green shiny leaves.
The flowers are white with a purple base.
The fruits are yellow and spherical.
The skin of the fruit is thin and its friendly sweeter and slightly acidic fragrance arouses appetite.
On ripening, the skin takes deep yellow colour with hint of orange tint.
It contains up to ten seeds.
Meyer lemon trees are more akin to warm climate.
They grow fast.
They begin giving fruits within four years.
These trees require sufficient water in the summer.
A little care is required to grow this tree in the home garden.
First, a lemon variety adapted to the soil and climate of the area is to be chosen.
It is easy.
Neighborhood nursery must have a similar environment.
The tree sapling is to be planted in a warm and sunny area devoid of frost with good drainage quality in the soil.
The tree needs watering more frequently when newly planted and then deeply once every week in midsummer.
It needs less watering during rainy season and in the winter.
Organic matters should be mixed with the soil to a depth of 3 inches around the plant to make the soil porous and permeable.
Between February and August, the tree should be fertilized for four to six weeks to enhance yield.
It should be pruned every year to catalyze new growths and to keep the tree presentable.
We should remember that Meyer lemon trees were originally an ornamental plant.
An appropriate, sustainable and equitable environment demands that everybody must grow plants and if the plant is ornamental, spreads healthy and adorable fragrance with most delectable fruits then paradise on earth is not lost.

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