Growing citrus in pots: 8 simple steps

Indoor citrus may be tough to grow, but when you do succeed with your indoor garden — even if it only produces flowers or foliage in the end–you will have a thriving plant that brings joy throughout its entire lifetime.

8 steps to growing citrus in pots

Start with the right variety. The citrus varieties I mentioned above are particularly suited to container culture because they don’t grow as large as some of the other choices. Source a mature or semi-mature plant from a greenhouse that specializes in citrus and have it shipped directly to your door online by an company, avoiding plants already bearing fruit if possible!

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When growing citrus indoors, one of the biggest mistakes people make is that they don’t give their plant enough light during winter months. It should be kept in a very bright room and away from doors or heat registers where it can get too hot.

Regular watering is key to growing healthy citrus plants. Citrus like consistent moisture, but not too much water because this can lead to bud and fruit drop. Water your plant in the sink if possible, let it flush through the pot then allow for proper drainage- do not leave any part of your potted plant sitting in standing water!

Play pollinator. Citrus tend to bloom in the winter, when the plant is inside and no insects are available to pollinate flowers on each plant. To do this properly use an electric tool which you would move pollen from flower-to-flower manually or else it will not produce fruit at all if you don’t take action of moving pollen yourself!

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Give it some summer lovin’. During the warm months, move your citrus plant outdoors and position in a shaded area of the patio to avoid any sun damage during the hot hours of afternoon. Keep watering regularly but do not allow for complete drying out as this can cause leaf scald or heat stress which may lead to wilting leaves.

Your citrus plant should be fertilized every two to three weeks during the growing season (from late March thru early August). You can use either an organic liquid fertilizer like kelp, seaweed or fish emulsion; you may also want to give it a small amount of granular fertilizer in late march.

Don’t panic! It helps to be aware that, like many other tropical plants, citrus will often drop their leaves when moved either outdoors at the start of the season or indoors at the end. This process is natural and simply means that your plant needs time adjust its new light levels as it grows newer leaves designed for those conditions.

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