How to Grow Citrus Trees Using Containers

Citrus trees are usually grown for the purpose of harvesting fruit. Many people enjoy planting them because they anticipate tasting the fresh, citrus fruits that they will soon eat straight from their own garden. However, planting citrus trees may be tricky especially if you live in a climate that can get really cold, but have no fear, you can still anticipate the taste of juicy lemons or oranges grown in your own backyard.

Benefits of Using Containers

Why, you might wonder, should I plant citrus trees in a container? There are several benefits to planting in containers. You have more control over the soil and better protection of your plants. When the weather turns cold you can easily move your container inside to shield your tree from inclement temperatures.

So let’s get started on getting your citrus trees planted in their pots. Follow these three easy steps and voila’, you’ll have lemons, limes or sweet delicious oranges in no time at all.

3 Step Guide

Step 1: First, determine the type of citrus tree you want to plant. If you have a small space consider a dwarf citrus tree. That will allow you more space. It also can add height, volume, color and a sweet scent to your place. There are varieties of dwarf citrus plants that you can choose from such as Meyer lemons, Gold Nugget Mandarins, and Trovita Oranges. Some citrus fruits do better in colder climates than others so depending on where you live, make sure to do your research on the best type of citrus tree to plant for your area.

Step 2: Once you’ve selected your citrus tree you’ll need to choose the right type of container for your tree. When growing any plant in a pot it’s important to ensure that you are able to keep them watered and provide the necessary nutrients based on the plant. Be mindful that citrus plants are surface feeders. Take this into consideration when picking the size of your container. Your pots should have a wider surface on top and not too narrow or long. The roots on the citrus tree receive minimal benefit. However, the top layer of dirt inside the pot receives more of the benefits being of controlled hydration and nutrients. Below are some great container choices you can use when planting citrus trees.


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Planting & Watering

Step 3: Now you have your citrus tree and your pot picked out. Fill up the planter halfway with potting soil. Leave adequate space for the root ball. Remove the nursery citrus tree from the container and put it in your pot. Use the remaining potting soil to fill up the rest of the planter but leave the top of the root ball a little above the potting soil. Then slightly compact the soil to bring it back to the top of the root. After planting, water the container thoroughly. Keep in mind if you live in areas where it gets cold frequently, prepare to cover your plants and protect them from frost. However, try not to use a plastic cover because it doesn’t keep the cold out that well. Instead, use a sheet or a blanket to cover your citrus plant. Just in case you are looking for more directions on planting your citrus fruits take a look at Pennington’s article, How to Grow Citrus Trees in Containers. They have detailed instructions on the whole process. However, don’t overthink it.

It’s Not As Hard As You Think

Thanks to our easy 3-step guide, you now know how to plant citrus trees in pots. Our steps take the worry and confusion out of planting your own citrus trees in containers and now you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. If you have more questions or you’re more of a visual learner, check out this video from Plantable App that shows you the entire process of planting citrus trees in pots, from start to finish.

Citrus trees in a container can be a great addition to your garden décor. Remember, follow our 3-step process to get your garden space filled with gorgeous, organic, citrus fruits that you can use in your own kitchen. Soon, you’ll be shopping for citrus fruits in your own backyard. Happy Planting!