You can have a sunnier winter if you decide to grow one of these bright citrus plants indoors during the winter season.
With a suitable soil, adequate nourishing, the proper pot, protection from the cold, and a sunny indoor window, any gardener will be able to grow citrus in a container year-round successfully. As a matter of fact, various citrus, as well as dwarf citrus species, bloom, fruit or flower during the cold months, joyfully cheering many up in a cold winter.
Almost all types of citrus fruit tree will grow easily in a pot, for the main time. Species that are healthy will outgrow their pots in just a few years and thus, will need a bigger environment to continue their growth. The best choice for a gardener for container citrus to be successful is to start with dwarf, or other species that are can grow easily in the little space of a pot. Below are some of the tested and trusted perfect citrus trees for container and indoor gardening.
1. Calamondin (includes Variegated Calamondin)
It is most times planted as an ornamental tree, rather than as a citrus tree. The calamondin orange fruit that is soft-skinned looks edible and pretty and also has a strong acidic content. It grows excellently in a container for a while. The calamondin grows best when it is planted outside with cover to protect it, and can be said to be one of the strongest varieties, growing properly in temperatures that are as low as 2000 F.
2. Australian Finger Lime
It can technically be classified as being related to citrus: the Australian Finger Lime can be said to be a thorny plant that produces fruit that is unusual: The shape of the limes are oblong (this is the origin of the ‘finger‘ in its name), and has thin skin consisting of a pale yellow vesicles, that is why it has been nicknamed “Caviar Citrus.” It comes with a flavor that is like a lime when used for drinks, marmalades, sauces, chutneys and jams.
3. Dwarf Bears Seedless Lime
This is easily one of the best indoor citrus varieties available to home gardeners. Its fruits are usually large and ripen during the late winter to early spring. This plant is an excellent container and patio plant joyfully showing off its dark-green leaves that are always green in a showy and bushy form with a very heavy and large fruits that is great for foods and beverages.
4. Improved Meyer Lemon
The citrus fruit (Meyer Lemon) is one of the most popular citrus fruit that can be grown in pots, and even beginners do not go wrong with this species. Meyer bears golden and sweet fruit mostly during the winter period, but they are known for how tender their fruits are throughout the year. This gourmet lemon comes with delicate skin and sweet flavor.
5. Kieffer (Kaffir) Lime
The Kieffer lime’s leaves and fruit juice and zest (also known as ‘Makrut‘) are famous for their popular use in preparation of the Indonesia, Thai, and Cambodian cuisines.
The Kieffer lime fruit has a dark green color and bumpy texture, almost the same size with a Western lime and an incredible fragrance. The Kieffer lime is a great container fruit for those who own urban gardens, and also for the home chef.
The kumquat is a small, sweet (but tart) orange fruit that has soft, edible flesh. The trees are evergreens native to China, and like several other citrus varieties, are self-fertile, so you may opt to only grow one plant. They’re tolerant of cool conditions, as well. Kumquat plants are great in containers, but don’t do well once root-bound, so care should be taken to repot when needed.
7. Minneola Tangelo
The Minneola tangelo is a tangerine-grapefruit hybrid that produces a lovely tangerine-like fruit with a deep orange-red hue. Its fruit ripens in winter with very few seeds. Another lovely and adaptable container variety, the Minneola tangelo can be successful indoors or out.
8. Owari Satsuma Mandarin Orange
This variety’s deep-orange, seedless fruit peels easily, tastes wonderful and contrasts beautifully with the plant’s dark-green evergreen leaves. While it is the most cold hardy of mandarin varieties, the Owari Satsuma does best in climates where summers are mild. It is best to pick the early ripening fruit before the first frost in November or December; thankfully, it stores well.
9. Wekiwa Tangelo
Despite sharing a name with the Minneola tangelo, the fruit of the Wekiwa most closely resembles the pink grapefruit, but is largely reminiscent of the tangerine in flavor with only a little hint of grapefruit. Growers find the Wekiwa juicy and sweet. This hybrid does well in pots with prudent and diligent pruning.
10. Yuzu (Japanese Citron)
The Yuzu fruit is beloved for its fragrance and tartness that retains its flavor during cooking. The fruit itself is dark yellow with a lumpy texture, and the zest is coveted because of the highly aromatic rind. This thorny plant’s exceptional cold hardiness—down to temperatures as low as 5 to 10 degrees F—makes it an appealing citrus to grow, but getting it to flower can be challenging for novice growers. Still, many gardeners find it is well worth the effort.
Few container fruits are as rewarding and beautiful to care for as citrus. While their needs are unique, many growers find that their hard work and attentiveness to their plants is worth it when rewarded with sweet, petite, tangy fruits from their own homes.
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