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Overwintering citrus

Chloe_Moderator | Posted in Northeast Gardening on

Ah, fresh Connecticut limes. Growing citrus in the Northeast is so satisfying, but also a bit of a pain, what with moving them in and out and all the pests they’re prone to. I’ve always wintered them in a sunny window, but I visited a friend recently who puts her assortment of citrus in a corner of her garage, where the temperature stays about 50. She says the plants stay dormant and the scale insects are much reduced. I always thought citrus plants don’t go fully dormant and couldn’t be wintered this way. To be clear, I’m not recommending wintering in this manner, but I guess there’s more than one way to peel an orange. Anyone have citrus they bring inside for the winter? How do you treat yours?

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