Citruses are abundant with vitamins, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium and many other great nutrients.
Many experts believe they are also high in sugar, therefore you may want to balance the consumption of citrus fruits. To growcitrus tree requires quite an effort, but fortunately, two of the most popular citrus fruits can grow pretty easy in your backyard.
If you are able to grow your own fruit, you will notice the difference in their freshness and quality.
In that way you will keep your body safe from pesticides and chemicals that are very frequent in non-organic cultivation. Here are some simple steps on how to grow your own citrus fruits.
There are people who prefer to buy a baby tree that would be around 2-3 years old, as it’s supposed to provide the best fruits. Find a plastic or clay pot, and make sure it has enough holes on the bottom.
You have to be careful about the size of your body, because it needs to be slightly bigger than the root ball of your fragile tree. When your lemon tree grows a bit, you should get a bigger pot that will be around 12-15 inches deep, and around 17-20 inches in diameter.
Place your little tree in the pot you have bought, and fill the drainage container with some stones. In this way you will provide an optimal air flow. Then, fill up the pot with soil. There are some soils that work better for citrus fruits, so you may try them as it may provide you better results.
And that is pretty much everything you should do. Place the pot in an area that gets 8-10 hours of sunlight every day. Water it frequently, but remember that your plant does not like tons of water. Lemon fruits will become fully grown in 6-9 months. When they get their full yellow color, you can make a delicious lemonade or lemon water.
Lemon tree can also grow well from a seed. Here are the things that you need if you want to get a nice lemon tree from just a seed:
- A nice and organic lemon. Because non-organic lemons give seeds that arenon-germinating.
- A fertile potting soil. It would be great to find soil that contains peat, vermiculite, perlite, and natural fertilizers
- Seedling pot (24” wide and 12 inches deep)
- Planting pot (6” wide and 6” deep)
- First, moisten the potting soil, and it needs to be just damp all the way through. Never soak it!
- Fill your smaller pot right below the edge. That would be one inch of free space.
- Cut the lemon open and take the seed out. Make sure you remove the pulp from its surface.
- Plant it right away. Remember that your lemon seed must be moist when you plant it.
- Plant it about half an inch deep in the middle part of your pot.
- Slightly water the soil above the seed. Spray bottles work best for this purpose.
- Cover your pot with a clear film, and secure it with a rubber band. Now, poke a few small holes in the top.
- Set the pot in a sunny and warm spot.
- The soil should never be dry. Spray it occasionallywith water, and keep it slightly moist. Too much watering is never good.
- You will notice the sprouting within 2 weeks. Now you should remove the plastic ‘blanket.’ if your plant does not get enough sunlight, a grow light could supplement the natural sunlight.
- The young lemon plant should grow in damp soil and should get no less than 8 hours of light a day. Moderate doses of organic fertilizers will help its growth.
- Keep your plant safe from diseasesandbugs.
- Prune off any dead and brown leaves.
- Use pesticides only if you must. When your plant grows nicely, transfer it to a larger pot.
- This procedure of re-planting is very similar to the initial planting process. Only, younger plants require much more water than older ones, but they sure need a proper amount of water. Keep this in mind.
If you want to grow a citrus tree indoors, same as with lemon trees,getting a baby tree is your best alternative. Growing a baby tree gives much bigger success than growing it from a seed.
Prepare your pot in the same way as we did for the lemon tree, like stones, drainage holes and the other stuff. Regular sunlight is also obligatory.
Mandarin trees can grow up to 6 feet in height, so they are excellent for indoor growing. Give it enough water, but be careful not to over-water it. Once its roots start coming out of the drainage hole or start to grow back on themselves,transfer it to a larger pot. Pick the fruits once they get nice orange color. If you pick them any sooner, they will lose of their flavor.
Extra tip: Be careful when you pick your fruits. Leave the little button at the top of the fruit. By growing your own fruits you get full flavor and nutritional ‘goods’ without any big effort.