Grow Citrus Trees as Houseplants
Follow our tips to adding a citrus tree to your houseplant collection:
• Plant indoor citrus trees in a large container filled with well-drained soil.
• Make sure plants receive five to six hours of sunlight.
• For best results, keep daytime temperatures at 65ºF and night temperatures at about 55ºF to 60ºF.
• Use an acidic fertilizer during the plant's active growing season, usually April through September, and water only when the soil is dry.
• It's possible to get fruit from indoor trees, but you'll probably need to hand pollinate the flowers with a thin paintbrush or cotton swab.
Thursday, June 03, 2010 9:07 PM
1, Will my citrus tree grow healthy even if I live in a cold climate where it is difficult to maintain daytime temperatures at 65ºF and night temperatures at about 55ºF to 60ºF?
2. Will my citrus tree attract insects into my house?
Thank you! appreciate your time.
Sunday, July 04, 2010 2:02 PM
Am in Plainfield Wi growing citrus trees Moro Blood orange, Meyer lemon, Clementine Mandarin, They sit on patio outside as soon as temps mostly stay above freezing. They need chill time. When temps drop below freezing no more than 28 the new leaf growth will be killed flowers drop. In winter down to around -30 they sit in my heated breeze way with large windows all through the day the door is opened closed as we leave so on. The biggest problem I had / have is the first year meely bugs and till now Scale. Have lemons on tree Orange trees havent bloomed in 2 years stress caused by getting broke! Feed em / injoy the waxy scent of blooms
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 4:09 PM
Am trying to grow an avacado tree form seed. NW Ohio. My brother who lives in TX says I can do this. It's been growing since early August. It's about 5 inches high. It's in a four season sunroom with a grow light. What should I expect? I'm a die hard for trying to make plants start & stay alive. Can't seem to throw anything that might grow, away. Thanks
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:44 AM
In my home, I have a bonsai mixed variety fruit tree, in which I transformed myself.
When I first planted the tree, I used Scotts hydro-soil mix, ground up some styrofoam in a blender. I put the soil in a five gallon bucket, and fill half way with the new dirt, then I add the styrofoam, and mix into the dirt. then I add old coffee grounds, about five filters full, and add fresh mint tea to the mix, about a coffee cup full. Then I add one container of red worms to the mix.
then I simply water when the soil gets dry, and twice a week, I take the tree outside for further growth, for about two hours.
What I end up getting is simply shrunken fruit, but all the way through winter.
Saturday, October 30, 2010 4:51 PM
I have a pondarosa lemon tree that is 68 years old (it was a gift to my grandmother originally). It produces grapefruit size lemons EVERY year. This year it will produce 9 lemons. It originally was potted in a 1 gallon pot, then a 5 gallon cherry tin, next was a 10 gallon flour tin, now it resides in a 30 gallon pot inside a trash can with casters(pot to heavy to move without).I live in Jefferson City,MO,I move my tree outside after chance of frost has passed,and bring it back into the house before fall frost. The lemons normally begin to ripen about March 1. Each lemon produces enough juice to make about 20 pies (this juice is about twice as stron as store bought meyers lemons).
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 6:12 PM
I would love to know how to get a pondarosa lemon tree! That is an incredible heirloom you have!
I have a few citrus trees, lemons, tangerines, limes, etc. in large pots. When I was working late and coming in after dark the TX leaf cutter ants stripped most of them down to the stem. I wondering if they are more vulnerable to cold now or less and how to care for them.
Sunday, November 28, 2010 12:22 AM
Gloria M contact me about seeds. gclarkston
Sunday, November 28, 2010 6:30 AM
Your citrus trees will do great in 65 and 55 degree temps, and remember to fertilize on a regular basis with a good grade citrus fertilizer. I also found out, it your tree does start to show insect invasion. Ask for someones used cigarette butts, and put into a jar for a day. use a coffee filter to keep the tobacco out of the mix. Then put into a spray bottle, and spray three times a day. by the third day your tree will be insect free, and the tree will not absorb the tobacco.
Sunday, November 28, 2010 2:04 PM
gclarkston thank you for responding. I'm not sure how to contact you except right here. Do you know where the seeds are available?
Monday, November 29, 2010 3:09 PM
Gloria M send me your e-mail adress and I will contact you about the seeds. thank you GARY
Monday, November 29, 2010 7:19 PM
g clarkston, my email is Hillhouse@cebridge.net. thank you for your information, G
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 8:46 PM
Can anyone tell me how to grow citrus trees outdoors. I recently bought a home in south Florida with established citrus trees. However I'm not sure of what varity due to the small size of the fruit. I have fertilzied them. I'm not sure what to do now. They seem like they could be orange or grape fruit. Some of the fruit have a brownish hue to them too. Any information will be helpful. Thanks for any input. I love this magazine.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010 1:09 PM
What can I do about leaf curl on lemon trees and grapefruit? (outside trees). They have had this for a couple of years.
Saturday, June 04, 2011 10:44 AM
do all the leaves have leaf curl
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 1:34 PM
Does anyone know how to get avacado or grapefruit trees? I have just about every citrus trees I can find and grow indoors because I live in western NY but I have yet to find a reasonably priced grapefruit or avacado tree
Monday, January 09, 2012 2:30 PM
I have a kumquat tree and a mandarin oange tree. I move them outside in mid-spring and bring them into my small greenhouse in early fall. Last winter I had 11 fruits on the kumquat tree and after moving it outside in the spring, it flowered but didn't set on any fruit. It bloomed again in the fall and now has 8 fruit from small to large in size. The plant is getting ready to bloom again even though the other fruit isn't ripe. Is this a normal process for kumquats? The mandarin orange tree had 3 blooms on it last spring but no fruit. It is also getting ready to bloom again but how do I know if I need to polinate the blooms? Any help will be greatly appreciated as it is hard to find good useful information on growing these citrus trees.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 7:10 PM
jlb9731 Just saw your post. I live in texas and we get our avacado trees from a man from Devine Avacado. Fannicks Nursey. He has several types. I believe you can go on the web to find his contact information.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 9:35 PM
I been having a dwarf orange tree for 2 years will I see any blooms or fruits
Thursday, January 10, 2013 1:43 AM
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Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:26 PM
I have a Ponderosa Lemon Tree. I have had it for about 2 years. I move it into my garage in the winter, even though I live in La, it still gets pretty cold here and we actually get freezes and snow occasionally. It produces baseball size lemons. It blooms profusely but I usually get only about 5 lemons. They are extremely juicy. Had a Meyer lemon that I planted and it lived for about 3 years, even through the cold and I got several lemons. One really cold winter killed it though. I mainly grow the citrus for the flowers, but the few lemons I get are a bonus. Love lemons.