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Citrus indoors

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As the outdoor gardens have wound down in the fall, it's time to go back indoors and what better way than to have beautiful foliage plants indoors! It makes the winter so much nicer. And citrus are great indoor plants.

You can grow oranges, limes, lemons, and all different kinds of citrus indoors. And they flower and fruit into the winter!

To get this to work you have to do an indoor and outdoor thing. First of all, you have to get the right variety. Grow 'Improved Meyer' lemon, Persian lime, Calamodin orange, sour orange, or kumquats. All of these are dwarf trees that grow well in a container.

Leave them outdoors all summer and bring it in when temperatures start dipping below 50 degrees F. Place them in a sunny window, that gets 6 to 8 hours of sun a day. That's ideal.

And they like higher humidity than we normally have in the winter, so put them up on a pebble tray with some water, so the humidity is between 30 and 60 percent.

Other than that, keep them watered, but not soggy, don't over water them in the winter, and they will grow slowly through the winter, not really putting out a lot of growth. But you'll get some flowers here and there and if you've ever smelled a citrus flower in the winter! Ahh!

It's amazing! And then in the spring when it gets warm enough, put them outside and it will start fruiting for you.

You can't keep them inside all year.

And you don't want to take seeds from a lemon or an orange in the grocery store and grow them yourself from seed, because they'll take forever to flower and fruit and they may never do it.

~Charlie Nardozzi

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