Meyer lemon trees are an evolved variant of the original tree from China, and they are less prone to attracting insects and catching diseases. They won’t harm other garden plants and typically grow between 6 and 10 feet tall when planted in the ground.
DIY Home and Garden suggests wrapping a Meyer lemon seed in a wet paper towel, storing it in a plastic bag, then planting the seed when it sprouts. Gardenologist recommends planting fruit and flower-free Meyer lemon tree branches dipped in rooting hormone.
Meyer lemon trees need eight hours of direct sunlight a day, and while too much water can kill the tree, they require moist conditions to thrive. Well-fertilized soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5 is ideal for Meyer lemon trees.
Most of the lemon trees planted today are citrus x limon variants, though they each have unique qualities that make some varieties more desirable than others. Citrus x limon ‘Berna’ often produces dry lemons and is prone to disease, making it one of the least popular varieties.
Although lemon trees aren’t harmful to humans, oils from the tree leaves, roots, and lemon skin are dangerous for pets. The ASPCA reports consumption of these oils can cause vomiting, diarrhea, dermatitis and depression in animals.