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How To Grow Delicious Citrus Fruit At Home
Fallen in love with the thought of buying your own Sumo Citrus tree? It's easy and satisfying to buy Lime, Lemon, Orange and specialty Citrus trees—including many new natural hybrid crosses— to grow your own healthy, homegrown fruit!
You can plant our container-grown Citrus trees any time of year. However, we will protect these tender plants during freezing winter temperatures and only ship when it's safe.
We're here for you! Take a look at our expert information on growing and caring for these beyond tangy semi-evergreen fruit trees!
Where Can You Grow Citrus Trees?
Where winters are mild and they are not exposed to freezing temperatures, Citrus trees can be grown in the ground as hard-working landscape trees. You'll get showy, fragrant white blooms; a beautiful harvest and an effective privacy screen, too!
But cold weather doesn't need to stop you from enjoying Lemon trees! Grow Lemon trees in pots outdoors near your kitchen and entertaining area.
Maybe your weather isn't suited to Citrus or you just don't have the space in your yard. Winterize them as indoor Citrus trees when it's freezing outside!
These plants are perfectly adapted to being grown in a container. Many Citrus trees perform amazingly well in containers...and they make such a fun accent plant for your patio!
Why Nature Hills for High-Quality Citrus Trees Delivered to Your Door?
Nature Hills has perfected the art of Lemon tree delivery for people across the country who want super-fresh ingredients. The cost of Citrus trees pays for itself over time...and nothing could be easier than online ordering to buy them!
Our extensive online catalog of Citrus trees for sale is unmatched by anyone in the business. We're proud of our long history of online plant sales since 2001.
You'll be thrilled with the high quality plant material and sturdy packaging, too. Track your online order delivery right to your doorstep.
Hungry for the fresh taste, incredible scent and unique décor of homegrown Citrus trees? You are in great company...these special trees are wildly popular!
Tangy, Sweet and Sour Citrus Trees Bring Zesty Living Home
What would the world be without the wonderful selections of fruit classified as Citrus? It's been loved for over 1000 years!
Citrus trees come in a variety of fruit types including Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Kumquat, Tangelos, Pummelos and Citrons. We also offer unique selections, such as the incredibly popular Australian Finger Lime.
With so many specialty Citrus trees coming out, we stay on top of the trends. Our inventory has expanded in recent years to include the latest and greatest Citrus cultivars to grow at home.
All of these Citrus selections appeal to a wide range of tastes and cultures. And the yummy-smelling white blooms add an incredible dimension to your landscape.
When Do Citrus Trees Bloom and Product Fruit?
Enjoy the fabulous fresh scent of their beautiful white blooms in springtime. You'll enjoy watching the hanging orbs color up over the summertime.
Citrus ripens mostly in the fall and winter and most are harvested between October through March. Old farmers say that after you harvest the last apple, you'll start harvesting the fruit from these sub-tropical evergreen Citrus trees.
Citrus trees have perfect flowers which are self-pollinating. However, you'll have a bigger harvest with a second tree nearby!
Give indoor plants a gentle breeze from a fan on low setting during blooming. These wind-pollinated plants appreciate good air circulation.
You can also give Mother Nature a helping hand by using a dry paintbrush to gently swirl around the yellow pollen; then daub it on the other blossoms. Do this daily...and don't rinse off your brush during bloom season!
Make the Most of Your Homegrown Citrus Harvest
Citrus are small to moderate-sized trees. Citrus trees bear fruit with a tough rind, known as the zest. The fruit is bold and colorful, and the flowers are bright white, delicate and fragrant.
Juice-laden Citrus fruits can be eaten fresh off the tree, squeezed for fresh juice, added to cocktail drinks. Zest the rind for desserts and savory dishes; or use dried in scented potpourri or even preserved in marmalades or stored in oil.
The Home Garden is a Perfect Place to Grow a Citrus Tree
Citrus plays a dual role as a wonderful fresh fruit for culinary delights; and it's a beautiful evergreen landscape plant. Give these carefree plants a sunny spot with well-drained soil.
Grown in the ground in mild climates, Citrus works as a specimen tree, a screen tree or a perfect edible hedge. It's good to know that Citrus can be maintained to any height with regular pruning during the dormant season.
Here's How to Grow Citrus in Containers
Citrus is an important addition to any fruit growers collection! Only a few varieties of Citrus trees tolerate freezing temperatures, and most should be protected from the cold.
For container culture, choose a pot with good drainage holes. Use a high-quality Citrus potting mix that is slightly acidic, well-drained soil.
Typically, in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 7, you can enjoy your patio Citrus outside in the spring, summer and early fall. Give them bright, direct sunlight, great drainage and protect them from high winds.
In late fall, move it to an indoor protected location for the winter. When you bring Citrus trees inside, put them right in the sunniest window you have.
Plenty of sunshine is key to enjoying a Citrus tree indoors. Keep it in front of a window, or give it with supplemental lighting. Many like to supplement the light indoors in winter with a LED plant light.
Citrus prefers to be grown on the dry side, so be very careful not to over water these plants indoors. Be sure to allow the soil to dry out a bit between watering.
Increase the humidity in winter by misting the plants; or use a humidifier to combat dry air indoors. Create a humid environment around where your Citrus tree is being grown during the winter.
How to Prune Citrus Trees
Have a small yard? Use high density planting, or try a time-tested pruning technique called "espalier".
Long-lived Citrus makes a wonderful espaliered plant against a flat wall or heavy-duty trellis structure. Lemons trees look great grown vertically as a popular treatment.
Enjoy the dark green foliage contrasted with bright yellow lemons just waiting to be harvested. Oranges, Mandarins and all other types of Citrus make great candidates for espaliers, too.
Citrus in pots should be pruned before it really starts to wake up again for the new growing season. Try to keep the lower side shoots on the plants, as these are often the most productive limbs.
Tip prune the very ends off of the tall, vertical "whips". Doing this will encourage that beneficial, bushy growth for more luscious fruit.
You can reduce the length of long branches, as well. This will encourage a more compact plant.
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Nature Hills offers a wide selection of Citrus for your home Edible Landscape, small space garden or Balcony Life! Order your favorite Citrus trees today...and don't forget that they make a wonderful gift!