Dwarf Citrus Trees

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 tree grown in a container …

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 the tree is grown in a container indoors. Featuring beautiful fragrant blossoms, they are a welcome addition to any living space and offer your home a pleasant tropical feel …

How To Grow Dwarf Citrus

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 only like 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 …

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. 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 …

Types of Dwarf Citrus

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 orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pomegranate, tangelo, and papaya. 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 tage 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!

Be sure to explore the rest of IndoorCitrusTrees.com to see all the trees available, and bring one into your home …

Dwarf Fruit Trees

When some people hear the term dwarf fruit trees, they conclude that not only is the height of the tree smaller, but the fruit is as well …

Well, that’s not the case, and in fact the fruit from these smaller variety of trees is just as large as that from normal size trees … and often sweeter and juicier, as we’ll explain momentarily …

How Dwarf Fruit Trees Got Started

Sometimes, these trees are considered exclusively indoor varieties. While most if not all can in fact be grown indoors, others are really just downsized versions meant to be grown in smaller spaces. One good example is the dwarf peach tree, which really doesn’t do well indoors but can be quite successful in small spaces or an outdoor container …

These trees were genetically formulated by plant specialists and citrus growers beginning in the 1980’s. After a few years of trial and error, several types of these trees began to yield positive results. Within the last fifteen years or so, their popularity has exploded and both indoor and outdoor gardeners have embraced these smaller sized trees …

Some of the most common varieties available include lemon, lime, tangerine, orange, and the aforementioned peach. Some unique and unusual types exist as well, like banana, fig, and pomegranate. Just about any type of fruit, tropical or otherwise, you can think of is available in a dwarf variety. Even apple and pear trees can be grown as smaller specimens.

Ground or Container?

The most common question about these trees is whether to attempt growing them in the ground or in a container (either indoor or outdoors) …

In general, trees always do better when grown in the ground, but don’t let that dissuade you from using a container. The reality is, sometimes the ground isn’t a viable option, like in town home complexes or apartment buildings. A sunny balcony or outdoor deck or patio is the perfect place for a container tree! In actuality, the elements are the same … ample sunshine and opportunity for pollination, assuming the tree isn’t self pollinating.

It’s important to check the grower instructions for each individual variety. Dwarf trees that top out at, say, 3-4 feet will do much better in a container than those reaching 10-12 feet. The smaller types will have less of a root structure, which works well with a container. The other advantage to choosing a “shorter” specimen for container growing is the tree will devote most of its energy to producing fruit as opposed to growing taller …

Summary

Just about any type of fruit tree offers a dwarf variety. While it’s true that some are more successfully grown in containers than others, these small fruit trees are equally suitable for limited size garden plots as well.

The best news is, these small trees are readily affordable … most with a price tag well under $100. They provide a viable option for any gardening enthusiast with small space concerns, or those without access to traditional garden plots, like town home residents or apartment dwellers …

Be sure to explore the rest of this site to see the many varieties of dwarf fruit trees available for purchase!