Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Growing citrus trees indoors.

Dwarf citrus trees are especially well-suited for container growing. Improved Meyer Lemon, Bearss Lime and Oroblanco Grapefruit are three great varieties for growing indoors. 
You can grow citrus trees in any type of clay, ceramic or plastic pots. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the pot the tree came in. The new pot needs to be deep enough to provide room for the roots to expand and to provide stability for the tree as it grows. The new pot must have a drain hole, so you’ll need a saucer under the pot to catch overflow. Next, choose a potting soil with good drainage and a pH around 7. Your new citrus tree needs as much sunlight as possible, at least 6 to 7 hours daily. If you don’t have a bright, sunny spot, you can still grow citrus indoors by supplementing natural light with plant grow lights. Water your tree frequently enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Generally, when the top 2" of soil is dry, it's time to water your tree. If you're unsure of how wet or dry the soil is, consider buying a moisture meter. You can quickly check the soil and know whether it's time to water.  Keep an eye on the saucer below the plant and empty any excess water out of the saucer.
Potted citrus trees feed heavily on Nitrogen, the first number on the fertilizer label. You can use an organic fertilizer such as Espoma Tree-Tone.
Another choice for a fertilizer would be Grow-More Citrus Food. Follow label instructions to keep your tree healthy and producing fruit.
Oroblanco grapefruit has very fragrant flowers and produces sweet, seedless yellow fruit. Oroblanco is one of the best for indoor growing.
Bearss lime trees are another great variety to grow indoors. They produce seedless limes, year round.
The improved Meyer lemon tree is also a very good choice to grow indoors. Meyer lemon trees will produce abundant flowers and fruit. With the right light and a little care, your citrus tree will thrive year round.


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