Wouldn't it be nice to grow your own oranges or
lemons or limes? Well, you can! Although these types of citrus are
grown outdoors in warmer climates like Florida and California, it's
possible to grow your own citrus indoors here in colder climates.
Click on a plant name to order it from Pernell Gerver's Online Store.
There are about 15 different species in the genus Citrus including
lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. When grown
outdoors, they form large shrubs or small trees, but when grown in
containers indoors, they remain a manageable size around four to six
feet tall. They are attractive house plants with dark-green, glossy
leaves, abundant flowers, and colorful fruits.
Before the fruit appears, citrus bears creamy-white, star-shaped
flowers that have a sweet fragrance that really perfumes the air. The
flowers are borne singly or in clusters of up to five. The fragrant
flowers alone are reason enough to grow this group of plants indoors
because they bloom nearly all year long. The main bloom period is
from spring to early summer, but most citrus will produce some
flowers constantly. Lemons are almost constantly in bloom. The fruit
follows the flowers and is green until it is fully developed, then it
ripens to yellow, yellow orange, or orange, depending on species.
Even when ripe, the fruit can remain on the branches for several
months. It's not unusual to have both flowers and fruit on the plant
at the same time.
Citrus grow best in bright light and average room temperature,
although they can tolerate temperatures as low as 40 degrees. During
summer, set the pot outdoors in a partially-shaded spot in the garden.
are many different species of citrus that grow well indoors. Meyer
lemon is an heirloom plant, having been popular with
house plant enthusiasts for years and years. The fruits are quite
flavorful, with a hint of sweetness, and appear on even young plants.
The fruit is orange yellow when mature. Its fragrant flowers bloom
nearly all year long and it grows to three feet high.
lemon is a unique house plant citrus that bears some
of the largest lemons of all. The fruits are easily the size of a
grapefruit and hang on the plant for months. One fruit can weigh up
to five pounds! It's an everblooming house plant and its
sweet-smelling, large, white flowers really perfume a room. Ponderosa
lemon grows three to five feet high.
lime bears the fruits that Key Lime Pie is made from. It's a
small plant, growing just one to two feet tall. It bears clusters of
fragrant, white flowers that bloom in late summer and autumn. The
fruits develop in late autumn and through winter. It's one of the
best citrus to grow in pots because of its small size.
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