cold hardy lemon tree?

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  1. salmonslayer91

    salmonslayer91 Well-Known Member

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    okay i really want a lemon tree to just add zest to my cooking and tang to my life from what i read meyer which is a cross between a lemon and an orange is the most cold hardy any others out there i should look into?

    looking for something in the 7b hardness zone or should it just be an inside tree that goes out all summer? in which case whats a good dwarf variety?

    Ive never had a citrus tree so any tips would be greatly appreciated :sing:
     
  2. bee

    bee WV , hilltop dweller Supporter

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    Look into the "Flying Dragon Trifoliate" zones 6 to 9. Makes a small tree with one inch thorns..fruits are used in drinks and marmalade..
    Meyer Lemon is 8b to 10. Best in your local to grow in a pot and take in for the winter.

    ediblelandscaping.com
     

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    well now that ive gone to that website i have chosen to do a potted plant and bring it in all winter but now ive got a problem

    do i want thornless key lime?(does it taste like a lemon)?
    or a limequat
    or a meyer lemon

    so many questions

    id love a lemon in the heart of winter!!! :lonergr:
     
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    bee WV , hilltop dweller Supporter

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    key lime is a different "animal" than market limes(persian I believe) and used mainly for Key Lime Pie..in no way does it taste like lemon other than both are citrus. Of the 3 you listed I'd go with the Meyer. Calamondon makes a wonderful inside citrus.

    Awesome catalog huh?? I went to the nursery. Huge bearing fig trees everywhere, got to taste the Che fruit and ran out of money and had to leave bunches I wished I could have bought!
     
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    We have a couple of Key Lime trees and a Meyers Lemon. They stay outside in the shade during the heat of our summers. We can leave them out until it reaches 40 degrees..If they are under cover. Then they spend the winter in our garage. Our last batch of fruit is made into Christmas pies. :)
     
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    that catalog is amazing i did a few searches and just came up with the same sites thank you for the link im excited! iinstead of just one..... looks like i want two....! exciting but where am i to put them ? :) i think that ill go with the meyer and the key lime but you elimitated the other for me so for that im thankful other wise id have been online for hours looking up the differances!

    texas digger would it be okay to bring the inside the house rather then the garage? out garage is just as cold as it is outside all winter in fact i hibernate my pet box turtles out there what i mean is would the added light from a window do them any good?

    also are both of these dwarfs?


    PS, THANK YOU !!!
     
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    go to WhiteFlower Farm's web site and watch the short video on inside cirtus. It appears that citrus does not need any sort of dormant period..the climate it is native too maintains growing conditions all year round. The video cautions about "wet feet", citrus will not stand having constantly wet roots. Where you live in Oregon you will have to be careful to see that(if you use a saucer under the pot while outside) that water does not stand in it.
    For inside a caution..these trees will have thorns! Children will be drawn to these trees(inside or out) by the wonderful bloom scent and the fruit("Is it ripe yet??").
    As far as size of the trees, it depends on where you get them what kind of root stock they have been grafted on. Citrus can be kept smaller by pruning if say they are grafted on semi-dwarf rootstock rather than full dwarf.

    I learned something from the video I mentioned. Citrus does not continue to ripen once picked!
    I had a Meyer lemon once, I'd like one again now that I have more time to properly care for it..I drowned mine.
     
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    does the wet feet effect avacados too? i had a 6 foot tree and while i was gone my friend watched the house and if suddenly dropped leaves and died just curious thats a good site thanks for the video!!!

    can i clip thorns?
     
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    Gah...where is my camera !?!?!?
    I have right now in my bathroom garden tub 3 citrus trees.
    I'm in zone 6...bought at the end of the season/summer.
    I have a Meyer lemon right now bearing fruit...
    A Key Lime right now bearing fruit...
    My satsuma never blossomed..I figure it needs a bit of maturity to reach fruiting.
    I bought them all at Lowes...each tree during height of season was $39.98 each...my clearance price was $3 each. Nothing ventured is nothing gained and all. My lime tree is putting on new blossoms..have to carefully hand pollinate them.
     
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    SS91 Yes, you can bring them in the house I just no longer have room inside. They will bloom all year inside, in a well lit area. All the trees I mentioned, do have thorns
     
  11. A.T. Hagan

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    If you're going to keep it in a container then go with a decent Key lime or Persian (Tahiti) lime. Best flavor and they bear well.

    If you're going to put it in the ground and provide a lot of protection in a zone 7 climate you can try a Meyer. It's going to need protection though because last winter here in North Florida the dip into the teens we got killed mine outright.

    I wouldn't waste my time with anything having to do with trifoliate orange (Flying Dragon and many crosses). The taste is nasty.

    I'd recommend just keeping it in a container and getting something good. I prefer Key limes myself.
     
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    talk about envy!!! i want them and for 3$$$$!!!!!!! like omg lol


    im just worried that i wont have enough light for them to thrive

    and man do i wish i could find them for under 20$ each is the satsuma an orange?
     
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    okay so definatly a key lime but i want a lemon for grilling fish chicken and maybe even lemonade!!! doubtful but what a thought

    what size pot would i need for them to bear fruit and be happy for the key lime, meyer lemon, ooooohhhhh aaaaahhhhh what about an orange!!! is that even do'able?
     
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    Yes, you can trim the thorns.

    Our Meyer lemon is over 25 years old and has been in a pot its entire life. It's only been repotted about twice -- the last time, just this last summer. The pot is only about 18" across the top. By keeping its roots restricted and by keeping it pruned, its size stays quite manageable. The blooms smell heavenly, and the fruit are a bonus I never expected but certainly enjoy!

    It's grafted (onto what, I have no idea), but the grapefruit my DH's uncle started from a seed has not been grafted, and stays the same size as the lemon with the same treatment. And when I prune, it's pretty drastic.

    All our citrus (navel orange, lime of some kind, the grapefruit and lemon) go outside in the summer and stay in a minimally heated greenhouse in the winter. The lemon seems to be the most sensitive to the cold, but still does just fine.
     
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    My behind my place neighbor, has a tangerine tree. Keeps it on the sside of their house in the shade. Mine are all in fairly large pots. you will need a dolly or rolly to move them around They do stick you.
     
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    im excited come spring im getting some patio plants!!!

    key lime, meyer lemon, washington navel orange!

    YUM!

    im glad they will all stay in a smaller pot as space is limited
    what type of soil do they prefer i know well drained but still any tips would help
     
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    Here's a local nursery from which you can buy, ask questions, and taste. Twice a year they have an open house and have lots of (weird, strange, unusual) fruit to taste. I've talked to a lady who lives in Portland Oregon who keeps her Meyer lemon on her patio all winter without extra protection that produces heavily, and a friend in Salem who has two outside all year, but they don't produce.
    http://www.ONEGREENWORLD.com/
    One Green World's catalog is so tempting!
    Kit
     
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    now im in trouble! :nanner::nanner::nanner::nanner:
    not only do i know what i want but now have the ability to get it thank you very much for the link :buds: i didnt even know they existed finally a means to get these trees which does not include shipping!:sing:

    thank you and thank you to all whom helped me to go from a simple lemon to a "Meyer Lemon""Washingotn Navel Orange""Key Lime"

    scott
     
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    Young Luke, much to learn have you regarding indoor citrus. I wish I could claim the title of indoor citrus Yoda, I'm still learning too.

    I've had a seed grown tangerine for 15 years now. It spends spring, summer and fall outdoors in a sunny spot and winters in the basement under a flourescent shop light. A few years ago a seed grown lemon joined it. This year their new companions are a Meyer Lemon, Mexican Lime and Washington Navel Orange. I keep mine cool through winter because there isn't room in the livingroom for them all. When we get ds's sunroom finished they will move there. The 3 latest are very small yet. The tangerine has to be moved with a dolly because of it's weight. It really needs to be repotted but I didn't get to it before cold weather came. The tangerine has flowered the past couple years but never produced fruit. Either it hasn't been getting enough fertilizer or it's a hybrid. It had plenty of bees in the flowers this spring but no fruit.
     
  20. salmonslayer91

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    is your tangerine at least nice to look at and does it smell fragrent? i d hate to grow something for even 5 years expecting somthing in return for my efforts and zip zilch nodda