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Indoor Citrus

November 29th, 2017

I’ve been growing citrus in containers for years, I think my first little lemon tree was purchased 18 years ago. Currently, I have three citrus trees, a variegated lemon, a lime, and a meyer lemon.

For a while my citrus trees struggled indoors during the winter, then I read in ‘A Year at North Hill‘ that they prefer being pretty cold during the winter months. I started keeping them in the dark basement (with a window nearby) and they started doing very well. For more reading on keeping edible houseplants, read ‘Growing Tasty Tropical Plants‘.

My citrus trees will bloom and set fruit while overwintering in the basement and they have much less issue with scale, spider mites, and the other common issues that plague houseplants.

I’m pretty excited, because my little lime tree is 10 years old this year (I got it at Monticello back in 2010 when it was 3 years old). I harvested three limes already and it set about 50 this summer while outside.

Have you ever grown citrus as a houseplant?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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