“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank
Nothing can boost your interior more than a great plant; my problem is they usually die. But this Spring I am determined to jump on the dwarf citrus bandwagon.
Now, incorporating greenery into your home design isn’t a new concept and when done right can bring a great pop of colour to any room.
A couple of years ago it was all about the fiddle leaf fig tree, and while I chose to use a faux banana leaf tree in my home. I am still on the hunt for the perfect Fig, but as this trend slowly fades, I’m excited to bring this adorable miniature into my plant family.
Why a dwarf citrus tree you ask? Just look at them… so freaking cute, like the kittens of the plant world, I swear. but if that isn’t a good enough reason, here are my top reasons to have at least one of these in your fold:
- Plants are perfect for producing oxygen, purifying air and adding a calming zen feeling in any environment.
- The smell is amazing! Who needs lemon scented candles when you can have the real thing?
- They can add that much-needed pop of colour. With so many different options you’re destined to find one to complement your colour palette.
- There are many options to choose from, some of my favourites are:
- Trovita Orange
- Pink Lemon
- Dwarf Meyer Lemon
- Blanco Grapefruit
- Kieffer Lime
- Calamondin (Kalamansi)
- Owari Satsuma Mandarin
- Citrus plants flower all year long which is especially nice during the winter months when the air inside can be a bit stale. What a wonderful way to beat the winter blues!
- Citrus plants are easy to grow, most don’t require water until their soil is dry down to two inches below the surface. Just put them by a large sunny window, and they’ll thrive.
So you’ve run out to your local nursery, and you’ve brought one of these cuties home… Now what? Luckily, citrus plants are not super difficult to keep alive. For the best results, here are a few guidelines:
To grow these cuties in containers, follow these tips:
Depending on the maturity of the plant and the growing conditions, it could take a few years to bear fruit.
- Pick the best pot. Always choose a container with good drainage. Use a pot with an 8″-10″ diameter for a 1-year-old tree; use a 12″-14″-diameter pot for 2- and 3-year-old trees. Dwarf citrus flower better when their roots are slightly constricted.
- Use the right soil. Begin with a basic potting mix (without fertilizers or wetting agents) and add redwood or cedar shavings (1/4 to 1/3 of total volume). Do not put gravel or small rocks in the bottom of the pot.
- Water wisely. Give citrus trees a thorough watering at first, then add 1/4 to 1/2 gallon of water every 5-7 days. Use a citrus-friendly fertilizer such as Lilly Miller UltraGreen Citrus and Avocado Food.
- Find a good location. Place your tree in a spot that gets at least 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. Citrus grows best when temperatures are between 13 and 29 degrees. If your home gets dry during winter months, place the pot on a saucer filled with pebbles and add water to the saucer. During warm weather, acclimate your pot in a sunny, wind-free spot outside.
Looking for a more in-depth information on growing citrus as houseplants?
Check out Four Winds Growers – https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/tips-and-advice/growing-dwarf-citrus/as-houseplants.html
Which citrus did I choose? Dwarf Meyer Lemon of course!
What are your thoughts on this trend? Let me know in the comment section, I would love to hear from you.
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