Re: [gardeners] RE: Lemon Trees

George Shirley (
Mon, 14 Oct 2002 10:52:48 -0500

You definitely don't want the Ponderosa as they are very seedy and the
trees get big. There is a dwarf Meyer that is good for patio pots as I
understand it. A brief Google search on dwarf lemons will probably give
you more info than you have time to read. I've not grown the Eureka or
Lisbon so can't comment.

George wrote:
> Well, this has been interesting.  I confess that I grew interested in the
> meyer lemon due to the M. Stewart recommendation around a year ago.  However,
> since you all are knowledgable about lemon trees, which type do you recommend?
>  My husband was telling me that he'd rather have an eureka lemon.  Personally,
> I just want one with few seeds, a good lemon flavor for cooking and one that
> will stay small so that I can grow it in a large pot on my patio.  I have
> heard of Lisbons, but I haven't seen any at the nurserys.  All they seem to
> carry are the eurekas or the meyers.
> Thanks. :)
> > The old Meyer lemons I have seen are kind of round and look like they might
> > be a cross between an orange and a lemon.  I understand CA allows only the
> > Improved Meyer but AZ still prohibits both.
> >
> > Our lemon tree is Lisbon, a vicious, thorny, prolific tree that needs to be
> > cut back every few years.  We get enough lemons from it for us, for several
> > families of snowbird relatives, and still have quite a bit left over to haul
> > to the food bank.
> >