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Secrets to Growing Citrus

Fine Gardening – Issue 191
Photo: Kindra Clineff

Growing citrus is achievable. Granted, these plants don’t fall into the indestructible category, but they are among the few fruiting plants that are within the realm of reality. You can do this. And the rewards are worth the effort, especially if you factor in boasting rights.


The soil that comes with your citrus at the point of purchase is often pathetically poor, so give your newly adopted plant an immediate repotting using organic potting soil. A peat-based soilless mix is usually too thin to anchor the plant and provide the nutrition it needs. Rather than cramping the root system, give your plant a generous (but not huge) container.


Citrus are thirsty plants. When the furnace is running full blast and the sun is shining, they might need water daily—but monitor the soil to make sure a drink is necessary. Water when the soil is slightly dry, but…

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