Tips to Grow Indoor Citrus Trees
It is hard to find anything more enchanting to me than the smell of the blossoms of citrus in winter. While it might seem difficult to plant citrus trees indoors, the benefits are worth the effort due to the aromatic foliage and the fruit. Therefore, when the temperature of the season regularly dip below 50 degrees F I take my potted citrus from my patio to the living room of my New York City apartment. They flourished in a sunny room that faces south for about six to seven months. There have been hiccups such as root rot due to overwatering and scale, however these lessons let me know the signs to look out for and how to keep them healthy. Here’s my tried-and-tested guidelines on how to live with plants that are frosty.
Watering Indoor Citrus Trees
Overwatering is the most common cause of death citrus plant. The soil should be dry between watering. A moisture sensor (you can purchase online at any retailer) must be fully inserted into soil. If your plant requires additional watering, sprinkle it with water until the water flows out of the drainage hole of the pot. To stop the growth of root rot and waterlogged bottoms, make use of turkey basters.
Root rot can be fatal result of water overdosing. It could cause the death of leaves falling and twigs dying. It is possible to gently remove the tree from the pot and place the tree on top of it. Roots that aren’t able to be pulled out using your hands indicate that they are rotting. The soil should dry out before watering it again. The new growth should begin to appear in a matter of months, if the procedure was successful. If the procedure went as planned it is likely that new growth will show within a couple of months.
Best Pots for Indoor Citrus Trees
For the cultivation of citrus trees it is advised to plant in a medium-sized pot (avoid self-watering pots for similar reasons). It is only possible to submit your tree to the nursery container which is 2 inches bigger than the container you started with. There should be a drainage hole inside the pot or the container. To aid in the drainage of water I make a 1:1 mix made of bark from orchids.
Light and Fertilizer requires
Put the citrus plant in the sunniest location you can find. The best spots are east-, west-, and south-facing windows. If there’s a deficiency of light, then you could also consider using alternative lighting options like grow lights. They don’t require all the time and don’t require constant light. They just need rest.
A tree that is sick can cause further problems. In accordance with the law, follow the directions on the size of the pot.
Keep an eye on the Climate.
Do not expose your plant to heat or cold. Do not place the container in front of the doorway. Citrus trees thrive outdoors in the warm summer months.
The Best Citrus Types for Indoor Growing
My most loved citrus varieties for indoor cultivation include Thai lime as well as finger lime and Meyer lemon. They vary from the easiest to the most volatile. Thai lime thrives under direct, bright light. The flesh of the finger limes is packed with vesicles that are round, referred to by the name of caviar from citrus.
The small, easy and simple-to-graft trees can be grafted on rootstocks that are small. Meyer lemons require plenty of sunlight and are prone to excessive irrigation. But, those flowers! The fruits with thin skins are my preferred for preserving in salt.
We hope these suggestions can help you grow indoor citrus.