In recent years, dwarf citrus trees have become increasingly popular with gardeners of all skill levels. These handsome small trees offer the ability to grow fresh fruit at home with the convenience of a small tree grown in a container.
How to Grow Dwarf Citrus Trees
These trees can be grown both outdoors and indoors. When planted in a garden plot, they mimic the yield of full size fruit trees and deliver the same size fruit. The same is true when growing dwarf citrus trees indoors. Featuring beautiful fragrant blossoms, they are a welcome addition to any living space and offer your home a pleasant tropical feel.
These trees are often preferred by gardeners who cannot grow normal full size fruit trees due to climate issues. Citrus, of course, thrives in hot humid climates such as Florida and parts of California. When grown in a container, the tree can be brought indoors in the colder months or even kept exclusively as a house plant. “How tall do dwarf citrus trees grow?” – These small trees usually top out at 3-4 feet and are excellent for growing indoors in decorative pots. They really can be the the showpiece of your home.
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Dwarf Citrus Tree Care
The trees are remarkably easy to grow. The key care element is ample sunshine. They need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, even more is preferable. A sunny garden plot or western exposure window usually works best.
Another key factor is watering. These miniature citrus plants don’t like to be over watered; in fact this is the leading cause in the tree failing to thrive. Usually a good watering once a week is sufficient, with just enough water to make the soil moist. Because these plants prefer a humid environment (think Florida), it’s a good idea to mist them with tepid water daily or every other day. Misting the tree adds humidity and keeps away dust and any pests that might find the tree desirable.
Typically, you can expect several pounds of fruit annually once the tree has reached maturity at the 2 – 3 year mark. Growing plants from dwarf citrus tree seeds is not recommended as you may have to wait up to 5 years before the tree will begin fruiting. Depending on the variety, fragrant white blossoms will appear, and then fruit begins to set. You’ll find the fruit much sweeter than what you buy in the grocery store. Because the tree is smaller, most of its growing energy is devoted to fruit production rather than growing taller and as an added bonus, the fruit is usually seedless!
If you’re planning to grow a dwarf citrus tree indoors, we recommend moving it outside in the warm summer months. Once the night time temperatures consistently reach 50 degrees, it’s safe to place the tree outdoors. Choose a sunny patio or balcony to give the tree the sun exposure it needs, but expose it to the sun gradually to avoid leaf burn.
There are almost a dozen different varieties of these trees. The most popular is the indoor lemon, a very handsome specimen that’s quite easy care. Indoor lime is another popular choice. Some of the other varieties include dwarf orange trees, tangerine, grapefruit, pomegranate and tangelo. Aside from these, it’s even possible to grow olives and figs indoors in a container!
Best of all, these trees are exceptionally affordable. The more common varieties, like lemon, can be delivered directly to your home for about $20. More exotic varieties cost a bit more, but have a price tag that’s still very reasonable, usually under $60. Of course, the trees pay for themselves over and over with bountiful yields of fresh delicious fruit!
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