Meyer Lemon




Morton, J. 1987. Lemon. p. 160–168. In: Fruits of heat climates. Julia F. Morton, Miami, FL.

Citrus limon

The main acid citrus fruit, due to its very interesting colour, odor and taste, the lemon, Citrus limon Burm. f. (syns. C. limonium Risso, C. limonia Osbeck, C. medica var. limonium Brandis), is understood in Italy as limone; in most Spanish-speaking areas as limón, limón agria, limón actual, or limón francés; in German as limonen; in French as citrónnier; in Dutch as citroen. In Haiti, it’s limon France; in Puerto Rico, limon amarillo. Within the Netherlands Antilles, lamoentsji, or lamunchi, are domestically utilized to the lime, to not the lemon as strangers suppose. The lemon is just not grown there.

A number of lemon-like fruits are domestically or commercially considered lemons wherever they’re grown and, accordingly, should be mentioned underneath this heading. These embody: Tough lemon (C. jambhiri Lush.), Candy lemon (C. limetta Risso), ‘Meyer’ (lemon X mandarin hybrid); ‘Perrine’ (lime X lemon hybrid); ‘Ponderosa’ (presumed lemon X citron hybrid), qq.v. underneath “Varieties”.

Meyer Lemon
Plate XX: MEYER LEMON, probably Citrus limon × C. reticulata


The true lemon tree reaches 10 to 20 ft (3-6 m) in top and normally has sharp thorns on the twigs. The alternate leaves, reddish when younger, develop into dark-green above, light-green under; are rectangular, elliptic or long-ovate, 2 half to Four half in (6.25-11.25 cm) lengthy, finely toothed, with slender wings on the petioles. The mildly aromatic flowers could also be solitary or there could also be 2 or extra clustered within the leaf axils. Buds are reddish; the opened flowers have Four or 5 petals 3/Four in (2 cm) lengthy, white on the higher floor (inside), purplish beneath (outdoors), and 20-40 roughly united stamens with yellow anthers. The fruit is oval with a nipple-like protuberance on the apex; 2 3/Four to Four 3/Four in (7 -12 cm) lengthy; the peel is normally light-yellow although some lemons are variegated with longitudinal stripes of inexperienced and yellow or white; it’s fragrant, dotted with oil glands; 1/Four to three/Eight in (6-10 mm) thick; pulp is pale-yellow, in Eight to 10 segments, juicy, acid. Some fruits are seedless, most have a couple of seeds, elliptic or ovate, pointed, {smooth}, 3/Eight in (9.5 mm) lengthy, white inside.

Origin and Distribution

The true residence of the lemon is unknown, although some have linked it to northwestern India. It’s imagined to have been launched into southern Italy in 200 A.D. and to have been cultivated in Iraq and Egypt by 700 A.D. It reached Sicily earlier than 1000 and China between 760 and 1297 A.D. Arabs distributed it broadly within the Mediterranean area between 1000 and 1150 A.D. It was prized for its medicinal virtues within the palace of the Sultan of Egypt and Syria within the interval 1174-1193 A.D. Christopher Columbus carried lemon seeds to Hispaniola in 1493. The Spaniards might have included lemons among the many fruits they launched to St. Augustine. They have been grown in California within the years 1751-1768. Lemons have been reported to be more and more planted in northeastern Florida in 1839. Due to heavy imports from Sicily, industrial tradition in Florida and California was begun quickly after 1870 and grew to the purpose the place 140,000 containers have been being shipped out of Florida alone. The small Florida business was set again by a freeze in 1886, the susceptibility of the lemon to scab, and the unfavorable local weather for curing the fruit, and likewise competitors from California. Following the devastating freeze of 1894-95, industrial lemon tradition was deserted in Florida. Not till 1953 was curiosity in lemon-growing revived in Central Florida to benefit from the demand for frozen focus and for pure cold-press lemon oil. At the moment, Florida was importing lemons from Italy for processing. Plantings grew to eight,700 acres by 1975. Freezes brought on 50% discount by 1980. Nonetheless, in 1984, Florida exported $2 million price of lemons.

Within the meantime, Arizona had developed lemon orchards, although on a smaller scale than California. Within the 1956-57 season, California produced 11 million gallons (42 million liters) of frozen lemon focus whereas Florida’s output was nonetheless very small. California and Arizona turned the main sources of lemons within the western hemisphere. In recent times, California has produced practically double the crop that may be profitably marketed contemporary or processed. Overseas competitors has elevated and lots of California growers have destroyed their lemon groves or topworked the timber to oranges, however new cultural methods making summer season manufacturing potential might reverse the development.

Guatemala has previously 2 many years developed industrial lemon tradition, primarily to supply the peel oil for its important oil business and secondarily for the aim of dehydrating the fruit and getting ready a powder for reconstituting into juice. Southern Mexico, too, is now a serious grower of lemons, additionally primarily for lemon peel oil. Lemons are not often grown for the contemporary fruit market in Latin America. In South America, Argentina leads in lemon tradition with Chile a distant second. Among the many world’s main lemon growers and exporters are Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, South Africa and Australia. Lemons might be grown solely at medium and excessive elevations within the Philippines.

Fig 41: Lemons: ‘Ponderosa’, maybe a lemon X citron hybrid (left); ‘Lisbon’-type industrial lemons (Citrus limon) (middle); and tough lemon (C. jambhiri) (proper).


With the resumption of lemon-growing in Florida, staff on the Citrus Experiment Station, Lake Alfred, started a seek for essentially the most appropriate cultivars, whether or not in dooryards, or in america Division of Agriculture planting at Orlovista, or the Lake Alfred assortment. By late 1950, 200 picks had been introduced collectively from numerous components of america. Of those, 40 have been budded onto 30-year-old grapefruit timber on tough lemon rootstock on the Minute Maid property at Avon Park. Two picks grown elsewhere have been included within the studies-evaluation for thorniness, cold-and disease-susceptibility, sizes, juiciness, taste, variety of segments and seeds, yields, and high quality of peel oil. The vast majority of the picks have been judged undesirable; only some confirmed promise for processing and contemporary fruit advertising and marketing functions. For processing, ‘Villafranca’ rated highest, adopted by ‘Eustis’, ‘Bearss’, ‘Perkin’ and ‘Avon’. Any of those, correctly harvested and cured can be appropriate for advertising and marketing contemporary. Libby, McNeil & Libby, when planning for his or her lemon orchard at Babson Park, Florida, about 1948, examined varieties from all main lemon-producing areas of the world and selected ‘Bearss’ as ranking highest in high quality and amount of juice, which was their chief concern on the time. In 1960, they added advertising and marketing of the contemporary fruit and located the ‘Bearss’ equally fascinating for this objective.

The next are temporary descriptions of many of the higher recognized cultivars of true lemons and of lemon-like fruits which can be accepted as lemons in residence or industrial utilization, and some of the lesser-known.

‘Armstrong’ (‘Armstrong Seedless’)–a sport found in a personal grove at Riverside, California, about 1909. Patented in 1936 by Armstrong Nurseries. Resembles ‘Eureka’ besides that it normally bears seedless or near-seedless fruits. If planted amongst different lemon timber will sometimes have a couple of seeds.

‘Avon’–first seen as a budded tree in Arcadia, Florida. A budded tree propagated from the unique specimen round 1934 was planted within the Alpine Grove in Avon Park; it produced heavy crops of fruits extremely appropriate for frozen focus. It, due to this fact, turned the supply of budwood for industrial propagation by Ward’s Nursery starting in 1940.

‘Bearss’ (‘Sicily’, however not the unique introduction by Gen. Sanford in 1875, which has disappeared)–a seedling believed to have been planted in 1892, found within the Bearss grove close to Lutz, Florida, about 1952. Intently resembles ‘Lisbon’. It’s extremely prone to scab and greasy spot and oil recognizing. The tree is vigorous and tends to supply too many water sprouts. Nonetheless, it has been propagated commercially by Libby, McNeill & Libby since 1953 as a result of the peel is wealthy in oil. It constitutes 20% of Brazil’s lemon/lime crop. ,

‘Berna’ (‘Bernia’, ‘Vema’, ‘Vernia’)–oval to broad-elliptic, with pronounced nipple, brief neck; peel considerably tough, medium-thick, turning into thinner in summer season, tightly clinging. Seeds typically few or absent. Ripens principally in winter; fruits hold effectively on tree till summer season however develop into too massive. Tree is vigorous, massive, prolific. That is the main cultivar of Spain and vital in Algeria and Morocco. It’s an excessive amount of just like the ‘Lisbon’ to be of worth in California. In Florida, it has been discovered poor in acid, low in juice, and too topic to scab.

‘Eureka’–originated from seed taken from an Italian lemon (most likely the ‘Lunario’) and planted in Los Angeles in 1858; chosen in 1877 and budwood propagated by Thomas Garey who named it ‘Garey’s Eureka’. The fruit is elliptic to rectangular or not often obovate, with reasonably protruding nipple at apex, a low collar on the base; peel yellow, longitudinally ridged, barely tough due to sunken oil glands, medium-thick, tightly clinging; pulp greenish-yellow, in about 10 segments, fine-grained, tender, juicy, very acid. Fruits typically borne in massive terminal clusters unprotected by the foliage. Bears all 12 months however principally late winter, spring and early summer season when the demand for lemons is excessive. Tree of medium measurement, nearly thornless, early-bearing, prolific; not particularly vigorous, cold-sensitive, not insect-resistant; comparatively short-lived. Not appropriate for Florida. Grown commercially in Israel. One of many 2 main cultivars of California, although now being outmoded by clonal picks with extra vigor, e.g., ‘Allen’, ‘Cascade’, ‘Cook dinner’, and ‘Ross’. ‘Lambert Eureka’ is an opportunity seedling present in 1940 on the property of Horace Lambert in New South Wales. It’s vigorous and productive.

‘Femminello Ovale’–one of many oldest Italian varieties; short-elliptic with low, blunt nipple; barely necked or rounded at base; of medium measurement; peel yellow, finely pitted, medium-smooth, medium-thick, tightly clinging; pulp in about 10 segments, tender, juicy, very acid, of fantastic high quality, with few, principally undeveloped, seeds. Fruits all 12 months however primarily in late winter and spring; ships and shops effectively. The tree is sort of thornless, medium-to very-vigorous, however extremely prone to mal secco illness. That is the main cultivar in Italy, accounting for 3/Four of the overall lemon manufacturing, and 1/5 of the crop is processed as single-strength juice.

‘Genoa’–launched into California from Genoa, Italy, in 1875. Nearly similar to ‘Eureka’; ovoid or ovate-oblong with blunt nipple at apex; base rounded or barely narrowed; of medium measurement; peel yellow, medium-thick, tightly clinging; pulp in 10-12 segments, melting, medium-juicy, with 29 to 51 seeds that are light-brown inside. Tree is shrubby, practically trunk-less, spreading, very thorny, cold-hardy. Grown commercially in India, Chile and Argentina.

‘Harvey’–of unknown parentage; was discovered by Harvey Smith on the property of George James in Clearwater, Florida. Fruit very like ‘Eureka’. Tree extremely cold-tolerant, suitable with a number of rootstocks. Commercially propagated by Glen St. Mary Nurseries Firm, close to Jacksonville, Florida, since 1943.

‘Interdonato’ (‘Particular’)–a lemon X citron hybrid that originated on property of a Colonel Interdonato, Sicily, round 1875; rectangular, cylindrical, with conical, pointed nipple at apex, brief neck or collar at base; massive; peel yellow, {smooth}, shiny, skinny, tightly clinging; pulp greenish-yellow, in Eight or 9 segments, crisp, juicy, very acid, faintly bitter. Only a few seeds. Earliest in season; principally fall and early winter. Tree vigorous, normally thornless, medium-resistant to mal secco; of medium yield; accounts for five% of Italy’s crop.

‘Lisbon’ (maybe the identical as ‘Portugal’ in Morocco and Algeria)–originated in Portugal, probably as a number of ‘Gallego’; reached Australia in 1824; first catalogued in Massachusetts in 1843; launched into California about 1849 and catalogued there in 1853; launched into California from Australia in 1874 and once more in 1875. Fruit nearly similar to ‘Eureka’; elliptical to rectangular, prominently nippled at apex, base faintly necked; peel yellow, barely tough, faintly pitted, typically barely ribbed, medium-thick, tightly clinging; pulp pale greenish-yellow, in about 10 segments, fine-grained, tender, juicy, very acid, with few or no seeds. Important crop in February, second crop in Could. Fruit is borne inside the cover, sheltered from extremes of warmth and chilly. Tree massive, vigorous, thorny, prolific, proof against chilly, warmth, wind. Not effectively tailored to Florida. It’s low-yielding and short-lived in India. Surpasses ‘Eureka’ in California. Has given rise to quite a few clonal picks, significantly ‘Frost’, originated by H. B. Frost on the Citrus Analysis Station, Riverside, California in .1917 and launched about 1950; additionally ‘Prior Lisbon’ and the extra vigorous ‘Monroe Lisbon’.

‘Meyer’–a hybrid, probably lemon X mandarin orange; launched into america as S.P.I. #23028, by the agricultural explorer, Frank N. Meyer, who discovered it rising as a decorative pot-plant close to Peking, China, in 1908; obovate, elliptical or rectangular, spherical on the base, sometimes faintly necked and furrowed or lobed; apex rounded or with brief nipple; of medium measurement, 2 1/Four to three in (5.7-7.5 cm) large and a couple of half to three half in (6.25-9 cm) excessive; peel light-orange with quite a few small oil glands, 1/Eight to 1/Four in (3-6 mm) thick; pulp pale orange-yellow, normally in 10 segments with tender partitions, melting, juicy, reasonably acid with medium lemon taste; seeds small, Eight to 12. Tends to be everbearing however fruits principally from December to April. Tree small, with few thorns, prolific, cold-resistant; produces few water sprouts, and is just reasonably topic to greasy spot and oil recognizing. It’s simply and generally grown from cuttings. Does effectively on candy orange and tough lemon rootstocks; is just not grafted onto bitter orange as a result of it’s a provider of a virulent pressure of tristeza. Grown for residence use in California; in Florida, each for residence use and to some extent commercially for focus although the product should be enhanced by the addition of peel oil from true lemons, since that from ‘Meyer’ peel is poor in flavoring properties. Has been pretty extensively planted in Texas and in Queensland, Australia, and New Zealand.

‘Monachello’ (Moscatello’)–suspected of being a lemon X citron hybrid; elliptical, with small nipple and no neck, merely tapered at apex and base; medium-small; peel yellow, {smooth} besides for giant, sunken oil glands, skinny, clinging very tightly; pulp in 10 segments, tender, not very juicy, not sharply acid. Bears all 12 months however primarily winter and spring. Tree not vigorous, slow-growing, nearly thornless, with plentiful, massive leaves; bears medium-well, proof against mal secco, and has been extensively planted in Italy in areas the place the illness is widespread.

‘Nepali Rectangular’ (Assam’, ‘Pat Nebu’)–originated in Assam; fruit resembles citron in some elements; long-elliptic to oblong-obovate, with large, brief nipple; medium-large; peel greenish-yellow, {smooth}, shiny, medium-thick; pulp greenish-yellow in 11 segments, fine-grained, very juicy, of medium acidity, with few or no seeds. Everbearing. Tree massive, vigorous, spreading, medium-thorny, prolific; foliage resembles that of the citron. Business in India.

‘Nepali Spherical’–of Indian origin; spherical, with out distinct nipple; juicy; seedless. Tree massive, vigorous, compact, practically thornless, medium-prolific. Efficiently cultivated in South India.

‘Perrine’–a Mexican lime X ‘Genoa’ lemon hybrid created by Dr. Walter Swingle and colleagues in 1909, however nonetheless a reasonably typical lemon; it’s lemon-shaped, with small nipple at apex, necked at base; of medium measurement; peel pale lemon-yellow, {smooth}, barely ridged, skinny, powerful; pulp pale greenish-yellow, in 10 to 12 segments having skinny partitions; tender, very juicy, with barely lime-like taste however acidity extra like lemon; seeds normally Four to six, sometimes as many as 12, long-pointed. Everbearing. Tree cold-sensitive however much less so than the lime; proof against wither tip and scab however liable to gummosis and different bark ailments. Within the early 1930’s, was extensively planted in southern Florida on tough lemon rootstock, however not grown.

‘Ponderosa’ (‘Marvel’; ‘American Marvel’)–an opportunity seedling, probably of lemon/citron parentage, grown by George Bowman, Hagerstown, Maryland round 1886 or 1887; appeared in nursery catalogs in 1900 and 1902; obovate, lumpy and faintly ribbed, barely necked at base; massive, Three half to Four 1/Eight in (9-11 cm) large, Three half to Four 3/Four in (9-12 cm) excessive; peel gentle orange-yellow, with medium-large oil glands, flush or barely depressed; 3/Eight to half in (1-1.25 cm) thick; pulp pale-green, in 10 to 13 segments with thick partitions; juicy, acid; seeds of medium measurement, 30 to 40 or extra, brown inside. Everbearing. Tree small, reasonably thorny; buds and flowers white or barely tinged with red-purple. Extra delicate to chilly than true lemons. Grown for residence use and as a curiosity in California and Florida and in small-scale industrial plantings since 1948. Quite broadly cultivated as an indoor potted plant in temperate areas.

‘Rosenberger’–a clone present in a grove of ‘Lisbon’ and ‘Villafranca’ timber at Upland, California; was planted within the Rosenberger orchard and gained recognition as a superior cultivar. Tree carefully resembles that of ‘Villafranca’. Fruit is considerably like ‘Lisbon’ however is shorter and broader and fewer tapered at base. Tree vigorous and prolific. Grew to become standard in California within the 1960’s.

‘Tough Lemon’ (‘Florida Tough’; French’; ‘Mazoe’; Jamberi’)–maybe a lemon X citron hybrid, however has been given the botanical title of C. jambhiri Lush. Believed to have originated in northern India, the place it grows wild; carried in 1498 or later by Portuguese explorers to southeastern Africa the place it turned naturalized alongside the Mazoe River; quickly taken to Europe, and introduced by Spaniards to the New World; is naturalized within the West Indies and Florida; oblate, rounded or oval, base flat to distinctly necked, apex rounded with a roughly sunken nipple; of medium measurement, averaging 2 3/Four in,(7 cm) large, 2 half (6.25 cm) excessive; peel lemon-yellow to orange-yellow, tough and irregular, with massive oil glands, typically ribbed; 3/16 to three/Eight in (5-10 mm) thick; pulp lemon-yellow, normally in 10 segments, medium-juicy, medium-acid, with average lemon odor and taste; seeds small, 10 to 15, brownish inside. Reproduces true from seeds, that are 96% to 100% nucellar. Tree massive, very thorny; new progress barely tinged with crimson; buds and flowers with red-purple. The scant pulp and juice restrict the tough lemon to residence use. It’s appreciated as a dooryard fruit tree in Hawaii and in different tropical and subtropical areas the place higher lemons are usually not obtainable. The tree has been of nice significance as a rootstock for the candy orange, mandarin orange and grapefruit. It isn’t now used as a rootstock for lemon in Florida due to its susceptibility to “blight” (younger tree decline). It’s also liable to Alternaria leaf spot (A1ternaria citri) within the nursery, to foot rot (Phytophthora parasitica). Incidence varies with the clone and sure clones present important resistance. In trials at Lake Alfred, Three atypical clones confirmed immunity to leaf spot, whereas a typical tough lemon clone, ‘Nelspruit 15’, from South African seed, proved extremely proof against leaf spot and likewise extraordinarily chilly tolerant.

‘Santa Teresa’–an outdated tree found to be disease-free in a ‘Fermminello Ovale’ orchard in Italy that had been devastated by mal secco. Budded timber from the unique specimen have been being generally planted within the 1960’s wherever the illness was prevalent in Italy.

Candy Lemon (C. limetta Risso)–a common title for sure non-acid lemons or limettas, favored within the Mediterranean area, In India, they’re grown within the Nilgiris, Malabar and different areas. The fruits are normally insipid, sometimes subacid or acid. The seeds are white inside and the tree is massive, resembling that of the orange. One cultivar, referred to as ‘Dorshapo’ after the plant explorers, Dorsett, Shamel and Popenoe, who launched it from Brazil in 1914, resembles the ‘Eureka’ in most respects apart from the dearth of acidity. One other, referred to as ‘Millsweet’, apparently was launched into California from Mexico and planted in a mission backyard. It was reproduced on the outdated College of California Experiment Station at Pomona. Neither is of any industrial worth.

‘Villafranca’–believed to have originated in Sicily; launched into Sanford, Florida, from Europe round 1875 and later into California. Intently resembles ‘Eureka’; of medium measurement. Tree is extra vigorous, bigger, extra densely foliaged, and extra thorny than ‘Eureka’ however turns into thornless with age. One pressure is everbearing; one other fruits closely in summer season. This was the main lemon cultivar in Florida for a few years; is cultivated commercially in Israel; is low-yielding and short-lived in India. It’s little grown in California however has given rise to sure picks which can be of significance, significantly ‘Galligan Lisbon’ and ‘Corona Foothill Eureka’.

Flowers of the lemon
Fig. 42: Flowers of the lemon (Citrus limon) are bigger and showier than these of the orange.

Local weather

Due to its roughly steady state of progress, the lemon is extra delicate to chilly than the orange and fewer capable of get well from chilly harm. The tree is defoliated at 22º to 24º F (-5.56º-4.44º C). A temperature drop to 20º F (-6.67º C) will severely injury the wooden until there was a fortnight of near-freezing climate to decelerate progress. Flowers and younger fruits are killed by 29º F (-1.67º C) and practically mature fruits are badly broken under 28º F (-2.22º C). Alternatively, the lemon attains highest quality in coastal areas with summers too cool for correct ripening of oranges and grapefruit. Due to this fact, the lemon has a comparatively restricted climatic vary. In Florida, lemons are produced commercially as far north as Ft. Pierce on the East Coast and Ruskin on the West Coast. The ‘Meyer’ lemon, as a dooryard tree, might be grown wherever oranges thrive, at the same time as far west as Pensacola.

The fruits are scarred and the tree readily defoliated by winds, and profit by the safety of windbreaks.

Lemons are grown in each dry and humid atmospheres, the latter being an obstacle primarily within the processes of curing and storing. Over a big lemon-growing area in California, annual rainfall varies from 25 to 125 cm. In lengthy, dry durations, the lemon should be irrigated.


The lemon tree has the repute of tolerating very infertile, very poor soil. In Florida, groves are totally on sand. In California, wonderful progress is maintained on silty clay loam of excessive water-holding capability. In Guatemala, really useful soils are sand, clay and sandy-clay-deep, with excessive permeability and good drainage. Black soils are additionally appropriate if not mendacity over calcareous subsoil. Ph must be between 5.5 and 6.5. If acidity is excessive, it’s obligatory to use lime to realize the optimum stage.


The tough lemon is broadly grown from seed. The ‘Meyer’ lemon is definitely reproduced by rooting massive cuttings within the nursery and planting them straight within the grove. They fruit 2 to three years prior to budded timber and have an extended life, remaining in full manufacturing for over 30 years, maybe for much longer.

In Florida, industrial lemons have been budded onto ‘tough lemon’, candy orange, and ‘Cleopatra’ mandarin rootstocks. Newer practices are the utilization of bitter orange, Volkamer lemon (C. volkameriana), and alemow (C. macrophylla Wester, an outdated Philippine lemon/ pummelo hybrid). The latter is employed in California on soils containing an extra of soluble salts and boron. If citranges are used as rootstocks for ‘Eureka’, bud union crease will kill the tree.


Lemon timber must be spaced 25 ft (7.6 in) aside every manner. If crowded or “hedged”, manufacturing declines. The timber should be pruned when younger and stored under 10 or 12 ft (3-3.6 m) in top. They’re reduce severely after 12 years or changed. Weeds should be managed however lemon timber are very delicate to herbicides.

In Florida, fertilizing could also be completed Three instances a 12 months between mid-November and the tip of April, on the regularly rising charge of Four to 10 lbs (1.8-4.5 kg) per tree as much as an age of 50 years. Nitrogen and potash are given in equal quantities underneath regular soil situations. A dietary spray with copper added is utilized after spring bloom. Fertilizer and irrigation applications must be assorted in accordance with the specified objective: contemporary fruit advertising and marketing or processing. Excessive nitrogen steps up yield and peel oil content material but in addition ends in extra scab an infection and poor curing. Potash will increase acidity. Heavy irrigation will increase yield and peel oil, scab an infection, measurement of fruit and accelerates maturity.

In California, foliar spraying of urea is most well-liked over floor utility of nitrogen which may result in accumulations of salts and likewise contamination of groundwater. Leaf analyses are made to find out the nitrogen necessities of every cultivar for optimum yield. ‘Eureka’, in a 6-year take a look at, confirmed no response to elevated ranges of nitrogen. In New Zealand, mature timber (15 to 20 years outdated) are given 25 to 30 lbs (11.3-13.6 kg) of full blended fertilizer yearly, additionally heavy dressings of natural manure or mulch.

In Sicily, growers have, for over 50 years, made a apply of withholding water in summer-for 35 to 60 days-until the timber start to wilt. Then the timber are closely irrigated and given excessive nitrogen fertilizer which induces a second bloom in August or early September, producing a crop the next summer season when lemons are scarce and costs are excessive. This method, referred to as the “Verdelli course of”, was adopted on somewhat over 1,000 acres (405 ha) in California in 1983. Satisfactory bloom didn’t happen on sandy or shallow soils, however 80% of the plantings on regularly dehydrating, fine-textured soil bloomed effectively. Practically $Three million was anticipated from this additional crop of summer season lemons within the Central Valley and the Riverside space in 1984. New horticultural methods are wanted to beat the handicaps of upper use of fertilizer, elevated insect and fungus issues, results of moisture stress on fruit high quality, and low temperature hazard to immature fruits in winter.

In 1965, a staff of California horticulturists initiated experimental trellis tradition of ‘Prior Lisbon’ lemon on C. macrophylla rootstock. It was discovered that the labor of coaching, and repeated pruning both manually or by machine hedging and topping, was extreme and uneconomic.

Guatemalan and Mexican growers interplant short-term crops equivalent to beans, cassava, yautía (Xanthosoma), within the wet season, and tomatoes and peppers in the course of the winter when the lemon timber might be irrigated and fertilized.

Harvesting and Dealing with

The marketability of lemons is dependent upon the stage at which they’re picked. Italian lemons for export are harvested as early as potential and are naturally “cured” in transit. In early days, California and Florida lemons have been allowed to stay on the timber till they turned too massive. It was realized that early selecting is critical and California and Arizona adopted the practices of selecting at any time after the fruits attain a 25 % juice content material, and utilizing rings to gauge the commercially acceptable measurement, and repeated spot-picking with clippers. Mechanical selecting is not possible with lemons. The fruits are extremely inclined to grease recognizing (oleocellosis) and can’t be dealt with roughly nor picked moist.

Previously, Florida lemons have been picked from mid-July to October for transport contemporary, and the steadiness in November was harvested for processing. Lemons underneath 2 1/Eight in (5.Four cm) are too immature to achieve correct high quality for advertising and marketing and fruits over 2 half in (6.25 cm) are too massive. Handbook spot-picking has been generally practiced, however some producers have discovered it too expensive, and are harvesting the complete crop at one time and grading for contemporary sale or processing within the packing-house, discarding all undersized fruits. The lemons, after sorting in accordance with colour, washing and coating with a fungicide and a skinny layer of wax are saved (cured) till prepared for transport.


Lemon tree yields differ significantly with the cultivar, the situation and climate situations. A yield of three containers per tree is commercially passable in Florida. In India, a 6-year-old tree bore 966 fruits and, at 9 years of age, had produced a complete of three,173 fruits.


Florida’s local weather is unfavorable for long-term curing. It has been claimed {that a} 10-day curing interval is enough and degreening of Florida fruit is just not wanted. A serious producer retains the newly harvested fruits for 48 hours at 60º F (15.56º C) and 95% humidity, then passes them by means of a pre-grading process to remove all which can be unusable. The usable fruits are then handled with fungicide towards stem-end rot and returned to the curing room. These harvested early within the season want Three weeks to color-up, the final might require lower than every week. Lastly, the fruits are washed, given a second fungicidal remedy, dried, waxed and packed.

Typically, lemons are cured at 56º to 58º F (13.33º-14.4º C)and 85-90% relative humidity. Inexperienced fruits could also be held for Four months or extra, whereas the peel turns into yellow and thinner, the pulp juicier (6-80%) and the proportion of soluble solids larger (7-24%). Typically the degreening course of is hastened by exposing the fruit to ethylene gasoline, ethephon, or silane, however this apply tends to stimulate decay, primarily by means of the shedding of the “button” (stem stub), the absence of which permits entry of Diplodia natalensis, Phomopsis citri, or Alternaria mycelium. Varied auxins have been studied to find out which might be utilized earlier than storage to stop button loss with out delaying degreening. In 1982, Israeli investigators reported that decay losses from degreening procedures might be enormously diminished (from over 50% to six.3%) by packaging the fruits in 10 micrometer-thick high-density polyethylene. This remedy makes it potential to retailer lemons with minimal injury for so long as 6 months.

Prior to now, New Zealand lemons for storage have been individually wrapped in diphenyl-treated paper after washing and dipping in a 200 ppm resolution of two,4,5-T after which waxing. The fruits have been marketable after storing for Four months at room temperature. Lemons might be stored for weeks within the residence fridge if positioned in a jar with a tight-fitting lid to stop lack of moisture.

Lemons for export from Florida to Hawaii and Arizona should be fumigated with methyl bromide due to potential infestation by the Caribbean fruit fly. On the market inside the state, different strategies should be employed.

Pests and Illnesses

In Southeast Asia, many species of ants assault the foundation system and the farmer instances the opening of the water gates in order to pressure the ants to the floor of the beds, the place he burns them with hearth.

One of many Three most severe arthropod pests of the lemon and different citrus timber in California is California crimson scale, Aonidiella aurantii. Within the southern a part of the state it’s underneath organic management nevertheless it requires purposes of pesticides within the San Joaquin Valley. In Florida, rust mites, purple mites and purple scale might at instances be troublesome however they’re all controllable with acceptable sprays.

Younger lemon timber in California typically require safety from wild rabbits.

Illnesses are the higher challenges. In Florida, the primary lemon ailments are scab (Elsinoe fawcetti) on fruit, leaves and twigs; anthracnose of fruit (stylar-end-rot), leaves and twigs brought on by each Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and Glomerella cingulata; greasy spot (Mycosphaerella citri or Cercospora citri-grisea); and gummosis (Diaporthe citri). The latter organism additionally causes melanose and die-back, and stem-end rot. Stem-end rot might also come up from assault by Botryosphaeria ribis and Diplodia natalensis.

Different lemon ailments recorded in Florida are department knot (Sphaeropsis tumefaciens), damping-off (Rhizoctonia solani), leaf spot (Mycosphaerella horii, AIternaria citri, and Catenularia sp.; algal leaf spot or inexperienced scurf (Cephaleuros virescens); tar spot (Cercospora gigantea); felt fungus (Septobasidium pseudopedicellatum); charcoal root rot (Macrophomia phaseolina); root rot (Fusarium oxysporum, Pythium ultimum, and Phytophthora parasitica; coronary heart rot and wooden rot (Fomes applanatus and Ganoderma sessilis); crinkly leaf and exocortis viruses; and inexperienced mould (Penicillium digitatum); blue mould (P. italicum); and pink mould (P. roseum). In 1955, the lemon budwood certification program was begun to supply virus-free inventory for growers.

Pink algae infests lemon timber and causes a lot dieback until managed with copper fungicide in the summertime. Zinc deficiency causes stunting of twigs, diminished flowering, untimely dropping of fruit, and yellow bands alongside the leaf veins. Manganese deficiency is evidenced by interveinal chlorosis and subsequent necrosis, shedding of leaves, flowers and younger fruit. In India, fruit cracking happens when dry durations are adopted by heavy rains. Cracking might be largely prevented by frequent gentle irrigation in the course of the dry interval and early selecting.

Saved lemons are topic to the stem-end rots and the molds listed above. The albedo might present small darkish sunken areas despite the fact that this defect is just not seen externally. Cultivars differ of their potential to withstand decay.

Meals Makes use of

Slices of lemon are served as a garnish on fish or meat or with iced or scorching tea, to be squeezed for the flavorful juice. In Colombia, lemon soup is made by including slices of lemon to dry bread roll that has been sautéed in shortening till tender after which sieved. Sugar and a cup of wine are added and the combination delivered to a boil, after which served.

Lemon juice, contemporary, canned, concentrated and frozen, or dehydrated and powdered, is primarily used for lemonade, in carbonated drinks, or different drinks. It’s also used for making pies and tarts, as a flavoring for muffins, cookies, cake icings, puddings, sherbet, confectionery, preserves and pharmaceutical merchandise. A couple of drops of lemon juice, added to cream earlier than whipping, offers stability to the whipped cream.

Lemon peel might be candied at residence and is preserved in brine and provided to producers of confectionery and baked items. It’s the supply of lemon oil, pectin and citric acid. Lemon oil, typically with terpenes and sesquiterpenes eliminated, is added to frozen or in any other case processed lemon juice to counterpoint the flavour. It’s a lot employed as a flavoring for laborious candies.

Meals Worth Per 100 g of Edible Portion*

Fruit (contemporary, peeled) Juice (contemporary) Juice (canned, unsweetened) Juice (frozen, unsweetened) Lemonade (focus, frozen) Peel (uncooked)
Energy 27 25 23 22 195
Moisture 90.1 g 91.Zero g 91.6 g 92.Zero g 48.5 g 81.6 g
Protein 1.1 g 0.5 g 0.Four g 0.Four g 0.2 g 1.5 g
Fats 0.Three g 0.2 g 0.1 g 0.2 g 0.1 g 0.Three g
Carbohydrates 8.2 g 8.Zero g 7.6 g 7.2 g 51.1 g 16.Zero g
Fiber 0.Four g hint hint hint 0.1 g
Ash 0.Three g 0.Three g 0.Three g 0.2 g 0.1 g 0.6 g
Calcium 26 mg 7 mg 7 mg 7 mg Four mg 134 mg
Phosphorus 16 mg 10 mg 10 mg 9 mg 6 mg 12 mg
Iron 0.6 mg 0.2 mg 0.2 mg 0.Three mg 0.2 mg 0.Eight mg
Sodium 2 mg 1 mg I mg I mg 0.2 mg 6 mg
Potassium 138 mg 141 mg 141 mg 141 mg 70 mg 160 mg
Vitamin A 20 I.U. 20 I.U. 20 I.U. 20 I.U. 20 I.U. 50 I.U.
Thiamine 0.04 mg 0.03 mg 0.03 mg 0.03 mg 0.02 mg 0.06 mg
Riboflavin 0.02 mg 0.01 mg 0.01 mg 0.01 mg 0.03 mg 0.08 mg
Niacin 0.1 mg 0.1 mg 0.1 mg 0.1 mg 0.Three mg 0.Four mg
Ascorbic Acid 53 mg 46 mg 42 mg 44 mg 30 mg 129 mg

*Analyses of true lemons, as marketed.

“Lemon Peel Oil consists primarily of terpenes, significantly limonene, additionally gamma terpinene and beta-phellandrene. There are small quantities of sesquiterpenes and aldehydes. Among the many aliphatic aldehydes are n-octyl aldehyde, n-nonyl aldehyde, and citral.


The thorns of the lemon tree inflict painful punctures and scratches. Lemon peel oil might trigger contact dermatitis, continual in those that deal with, minimize and squeeze lemons each day. Components of the physique touched by contaminated arms might present extreme reactions after publicity to the solar. Those that suck lemons might undergo irritation and eruptions across the mouth. The wooden of lemon timber and its saw-dust might induce pores and skin reactions in delicate woodworkers.

Different Makes use of

Lemon juice is valued within the residence as a stain remover, and a slice of lemon dipped in salt can be utilized to wash copper-bottomed cooking pots. Lemon juice has been used for bleaching freckles and is included into some facial cleaning lotions.

Lemon peel oil is way utilized in furnishings polishes, detergents, soaps and shampoos. It will be important in fragrance mixing and particularly in colognes.

Petitgrain oil (as much as 50% citral), is distilled from the leaves, twigs and immature fruits of the lemon tree in West Africa, North Africa and Italy. With terpenes eliminated, it’s enormously prized in colognes and floral perfumes.

Lemon peel, dehydrated, is marketed as cattlefeed.

Lemonade, when utilized to potted crops, has been discovered to maintain their flowers contemporary longer than regular. But it surely can’t be used on chrysanthemums with out turning their leaves brown.

Wooden: The wooden is fine-grained, compact, and simple to work. In Mexico, it’s carved into chessmen, toys, small spoons, and different articles.

Medicinal Makes use of: Lemon juice is broadly referred to as a diuretic, antiscorbutic, astringent, and febrifuge. In Italy, the sweetened juice is given to alleviate gingivitis, stomatitis, and irritation of the tongue. Lemon juice in scorching water has been broadly advocated as a each day laxative and preventive of the widespread chilly, however each day doses have been discovered to erode the enamel of the tooth. Extended use will cut back the tooth to the extent of the gums. Lemon juice and honey, or lemon juice with salt or ginger, is taken when wanted as a chilly treatment. It was the juice of the Mediterranean candy lemon, not the lime, that was carried aboard British crusing ships of the 18th Century to stop scurvy, although the sailors turned referred to as “limeys”.

Oil expressed from lemon seeds is employed medicinally. The foundation decoction is taken as a remedy for fever in Cuba; for gonorrhea in West Africa. An infusion of the bark or of the peel of the fruit is given to alleviate colic.

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