What is the best time to plant a citrus tree?

Citrus trees that are being planted outdoors in the ground are best planted at the beginning of spring or after, so the trees benefit from the longest growing season possible. Citrus trees planted in pots to be grown indoors can be planted at any time.

How long does a citrus tree live for?

The average lifespan of a citrus tree is approximately 50 years. This age applies to both standard size and dwarf citrus. Trees begin producing fruit sometime during their second through fifth growing season, and continue to produce fruit throughout their lifespan.

When should I water my citrus tree?

Start by watering newly planted or potted trees deeply once per week for the first month. Adjust accordingly by monitoring soil dampness. If the soil is still damp down to 2 inches deep after the fourth week, wait to water for another few days. Always water deeply, and don’t let the soil get dry to below five inches. Also, never water so much that you let your citrus tree remain in standing water or constantly saturated soil.

How long does it take a citrus tree to produce fruit?

Grafted citrus trees will begin to consistently produce fruit after two to three years in the ground or in a suitable container. Variations in fertilizer, water, sun, temperature, and other environmental factors can all affect how soon and how much fruit a given citrus tree grows. Citrus trees grown from seed will take much longer to mature to fruit-growing age: seven to ten years is common.

Do dwarf fruit trees take longer to produce fruit?

No. Dwarf trees will produce fruit at least as fast as standard sized trees, and in some cases faster, because the smaller trees reach their maturity quicker.

What is the best potting soil for a citrus tree grown in a pot?

Citrus trees like sandy loam soil that is well drained. A suitable mixture is three parts potting soil, one part composted manure (such as composted cow or chicken manure), one part perlite, and one part clean sand. You can also mix equal parts regular potting mix and cactus mix soil.

Is it normal for a potted tree to drop leaves when moving it indoors?

Yes. Any time you move a potted citrus tree from indoors to out (for example in the summer) or from outdoors to in (to overwinter the tree inside) it is normal for the tree to drop leaves. Once the tree has adjusted to the move, new leaves will begin to grow. This reaction does not harm the long-term growth of the tree.

The leaves on my tree are falling off. Why?

Many circumstances can cause falling leaves on a citrus tree. One is overwatering. A second is adequate watering, but poorly drained, or saturated soil. Also, some pests or diseases may cause yellowing leaves that fall away, such as aphids, canker, or some fungi. Finally, it is possible that a lack of nutrients is causing the falling leaves.

Can I grow a citrus tree inside over the Winter?

Yes. You can over-winter a potted citrus tree indoors as long as it gets ample water and light.

Will a citrus tree tolerate the winter months?

Zone 8 is the coldest USDA Zone where citrus is known to live in the ground successfully. However, in any zone, extended periods of freezing weather can be detrimental to the health and even the survival of any citrus tree. Bring potted citrus indoors when there is a chance of frost, and water in-ground trees fully when cold weather approaches.

What is the reason that you can not ship trees to my state?

Because some state and federal regulations prevent shipping certain types of plants to some states, and we always abide by all state and federal regulations and laws. Our citrus trees are produced in citrus producing states. Due to USDA regulations one citrus producing state may not ship a citrus tree to another citrus producing state. Citrus producing states are AZ, CA, FL, LA, and TX. If you reside in one of the states and a tree cannot be shipped to you this is the reason.

Where Can you Ship the Trees To?

We can ship within the 48 contiguous states but availability in you state is determined by the nursery it is being shipped from. USDA restrict citrus producing states (AZ, CA, TX, FL, LA) cannot ship to other citrus producing states.

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