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7 Benefits Of Growing Valencia Orange Trees Indoors

7 Benefits Of Growing Valencia Orange Trees Indoors

There are many great benefits from growing Valencia orange trees in your home. Below are 7 benefits you can receive when growing these citrus trees indoors.

Like Champagne, that must only be grown in the Champagne region of France, Valencia Orange Trees only grow in Valencia, Spain, right?

Well actually, although there are many orange trees in Valencia, the Valencia orange trees were actually created as a hybrid plant in the US. Today, they are mostly grown in locations in Texas and Florida.

The Valencia is one of the most common oranges used in orange juice and the most widely available orange in the summer. It's a wonderful citrus fruit that's high in iron. This orange's growing season is typically March through July.

Benefits of Growing Valencia Orange Trees Indoors

Below is a list of seven benefits of growing Valencia orange trees indoors:

Access to Fresh Fruit

Valencia orange trees provide access to fresh fruit, without pesticides, if you live in colder climates. These orange trees can be grown pretty easily inside. Our blog post provides more information on how to care for Valencia orange trees. While it is not hard to grow them inside, they do need regular attention to thrive.

Improvements in Your Home and Mood

The Valencia orange tree can make your house smell wonderful, and the blooms are beautiful. The orange scent from this tree can also be the perfect mood booster. They also add to the look of your decor.

Cleaner Air

All indoor house plants have the benefit of cleaning the air by removing toxins and producing more oxygen. This can have a significant impact on your health, especially if you have more than one tree.

A Super Food

Valencia oranges are high in many vitamins and minerals. Here are just a few of the many benefits found in this super fruit. Oranges are high in vitamin C, which boosts your immune system, in Potassium which is good for your heart, and in B vitamins, which support your liver, skin, and brain.                             

What you may not know about B vitamins is that they promote healing and help with the absorption of other vitamins as well.                   

Oranges are also high in vitamin D which is essential for bone health. The majority of the US population is vitamin D deficient. Without vitamin D, your bones struggle to absorb calcium from your bloodstream.

Kidney Stone Prevention

Oranges help to prevent the redevelopment of kidney stones.

Cancer Prevention

Oranges including the Valencia orange also help to prevent skin, lung breast, stomach, and colon cancer. Alongside oranges, check out this additional information on the health benefits of citrus fruits.

Water

If you are struggling to get in your eight glasses of water a day, Valencia oranges may be the answer. You can cut the fruit to flavor your tap water. Valencia oranges are also high in water themselves, making them the perfect nutritious snack to take on a hike or bike ride. 

These are just a few of the benefits of this unique citrus variety!

Ready to Purchase Your Valencia Orange Trees?

Valencia orange trees are beautiful and good for you. They can be grown inside which makes them perfect regardless of your location. 

Interested in growing your own? Check out our fast-growing Valencia orange trees available in our exotic citrus tree collection. At US Citrus, we provide fresh citrus trees delivered straight to your door.

Citrus Tree Lifespan: What's the Average Life Expectancy of a Citrus Tree

Citrus Tree

How long will your citrus tree live for? Check out this guide to learn about the average life expectancy of a citrus tree and related tree care advice.

Are you thinking about growing your own personal lemon tree? Have you wondered what kind of care a citrus tree may need to grow strong and produce delicious oranges in the future? How long do most citrus trees live for anyway?

These are all really important questions to consider before going out and purchasing a citrus tree. There are a lot of different factors that go into maintaining healthy trees. 

Read on to find out more and to find out which tree might be the right fit for you.

Lifespan vs. Productivity Lifespan

For most citrus trees, the average lifespan of a growing tree is 50 years. This applies to lemon, orange, and even dwarf citrus trees. Fruit production generally begins between ages 2 and 5

Most trees will produce throughout their entire life once they reach maturity. If your tree has healthy foliage, this is the biggest indicator of its health. 

Can Citrus Trees Thrive in Cooler Climates?

There are many different types of citrus. The ones that thrive the best in North America are lemon, orange, and dwarf citrus trees. These trees can be put in planters or planted in the ground. 

For those in cooler climes throughout the country, it's important to keep an eye on the weather and your tree. Just because you live in Michigan doesn't mean you can't have fresh orange juice all year around! 

Taking care of your tree and keeping it in warm, sunfilled rooms during the winter will ensure its production and health.

How to Keep Them Healthy 

When you plant a citrus tree, especially in a place it may not naturally grow, it's very important to make sure you're keeping it healthy. 

Using citrus fertilizers will ensure the soil is kept nutrient rich for your plant. It's also important to prune it regularly. But only prune it during off seasons. Usually when the tree loses its leaves. 

Do not over water any of your citrus trees. This can lead to detrimental rot. Rot will eventually kill your plant. If you plant your tree in the ground, make sure the soil drains well. 

Containers vs. Ground 

Citrus trees do great either in planters or in the ground. For those of us lucky enough to live in warmer states, having a small grove of citrus trees may be the best dream. 

Citrus can do very well in planters. Making sure you keep the soil fertilized and move the trees in when it's getting cooler will help maintain their lives. 

Need More Advice on Citrus Tree Care?

Still thinking about picking up a couple of citrus trees? Great! 

Citrus trees are great investments, and as long as you take care of them, they'll take care of you. Keeping them healthy will one day lead to you having fresh citrus that you can then turn into delicious citrus recipes

Check out the US Citrus tree collection today if you'd like to start growing your own citrus trees!

Keeping it Contained: The Top Tips for Growing Citrus Trees in Containers

Top Tips for Growing Citrus Trees in Containers

Are you looking to grow your citrus tree in a container? Continue reading below to learn the top tips for growing healthy citrus trees in containers or pots.

Around 90 percent of Americans don't get enough fruit and vegetables. 

But, you don't have any excuses for not getting your five-a-day of fruit and vegetables.

You can even start growing citrus trees by yourself.

You may think you don't have the right soil conditions. Wondering how you could possibly grow an indoor citrus tree inside your tiny apartment?

The answer is that you can grow your own citrus tree inside a container. It's simple. Just check out our tips below!

1. Plenty of Sunlight and Warmth

Your citrus tree requires up to 8 hours of sun per day. 

You can prop your tree near natural light without any blowing wind for optimal conditions. 

During the winter months, this can be especially difficult to get enough sunlight. You've also got to consider the colder temperatures could damage your tree.

If you live in a colder climate, you should opt for mandarin trees, since they can withstand the cold better than lime or lemon trees.

2. A Container to Allow Growth

You can grow any citrus tree inside a container in principle.

However, some trees will quickly outgrow the size of the container. You could select a container which has plenty of room for growth.

It's recommended to select a large container which is up to 28 inches or more. Remember, you may need to move the container around your home, so make sure you can lift it.

You'll also need to include drainage holes. Ideally, the container should also be on feet rather than on the ground.

Use a large (28 inches or larger) durable pot.

You may also pick a citrus tree, such as a Meyer lemon tree, which doesn't grow as large as other choices.

3. Soil Stuff 

You need to make sure you create the right soil conditions. If you're new to gardening and plant growing, this could be a steep learning curve. 

You need to add some inorganic ingredients to your soil mix. This includes vermiculite, peat moss or perlite. 

If you only have organic matter in your soil, it will decompose and compact fast. This blocks the roots from growing.

4. Not Too Much or Too Little Water

The common mistake of citrus tree owners is that they either water too much or too little.

Your citrus tree requires moist conditions. But, you don't want the soil to become soggy either.

You could purchase a moisture meter to ensure you're watering correctly. This will inform you when you need to water it.

Be especially vigilant during summer months, since the container can dry out quickly under high temperatures.

5. Fertilize Regularly

Citrus trees are especially hungry plants.

Since it's in a container, the citrus tree is dependent on you for nutrients. Due to the frequent watering, the fertilizer often washes through. 

Therefore, you need to regularly apply fertilizer for your tree. The amount of fertilizer depends on the size, type, and age of the plant.

But, if you spot yellow leaves developing, this is a warning sign that your tree needs more nutrients. 

Enjoy Growing Citrus Trees

If you're thinking of growing citrus trees in your home, it's important to know the above tips for keeping your trees healthy.

You can keep citrus trees under most climates and conditions so long as you know how to care for your citrus tree.

Do you want ideas for what to do with your citrus fruits? Check out our blog for delicious citrus recipes to try!

A Fertile Start: A Beginner's Guide to Fertilizing Citrus Trees

Fertilizing Citrus Trees

So you're thinking about growing a citrus tree, but how do you ensure your tree has a healthy start? Here's your guide to properly fertilizing citrus trees.

Research shows that gardening boosts your wellness and can help you live longer. Citrus trees make a great addition to your gardening practice because they are easy to care for and add a fun visual element to your space. 

If you've ever thought about growing a dwarf tangerine tree or wondered, "How fast do orange trees grow?" then this guide will help you.

Your first step is understanding the technique behind fertilizing citrus trees. Follow this guide to ensure that your citrus tree has a healthy start. 

Know When to Fertilize

Fertilization is very important for the first few years of your tree's life. Before you begin, speak with a nursery professional about the types of fertilizer they supply. You can also read our citrus care guide to learn more about caring for your tree.  

The perfect time to fertilize your citrus tree is just before bud break. This is because your trees will be starting their yearly growth cycle and eating the most food. 

Remember, not all citrus trees will need fertilizer every year. How do you know what your tree needs?

Measure your tree's growth in winter or early spring while it's still dormant. Depending on the measurements, you'll know which trees need fertilizer and how much they need.

Know How to Fertilize

When you're ready to start fertilizing, the first step is to choose the right kind of fertilizer. No two fertilizers are made alike. For example, lemon tree fertilizer will be different from peach tree fertilizer. 

First: Choose the Right Fertilizerlem

Fruit trees will grow better with an organic, high-nitrogen fertilizer. This is because nitrogen is an essential nutrient for your tree's health. 

Make sure you don't burn your tree with too much nitrogen, though. Using organic fertilizer instead of a synthetic option will be the safer option. 

Second: Measure the Right Amount of Fertilizer

Now that you know the importance of using too much and too little fertilizer, you'll need to measure out the perfect amount. This is the most important step.

The amount of fertilizer you should use is calculated based on the nitrogen-value on the package and the age or size of the tree. Follow these steps to do your calculation:

1. Measure the trunk diameter in inches and write down that number. You can also write down how old the tree is. 

2. Multiply that number by 0.10. This is because your tree needs 0.10 pounds of "actual nitrogen" per year of age or per trunk diameter. 

3. Look at the packaging of your fertilizer to find the NPK numbers. The "N" number listed is the amount of "actual nitrogen" per pound of fertilizer. 

4. Divide the amount of actual nitrogen your tree needs by the amount of actual nitrogen per pound in your fertilizer.

This is the number you need to measure out how much fertilizer to apply. 

Third: Apply the Fertilizer

Finally, evenly apply the fertilizer starting a foot away from the trunk and ending at the "drip line." You can spread out the fertilizer and rake it in or dig small holes around the trunk. After that, spread a layer of compost around the tree and water it well. 

The Rewards of Fertilizing Citrus Trees

Fertilizing citrus trees is easy to do and helps your tree stay healthy. Be diligent every year and soon you'll be enjoying the many health benefits of citrus fruits

Ready to start growing your own citrus tree? Choose your favorite from our citrus tree selection and get planting this season!

5 Common Types of Citrus Trees You Need to Grow

Types of Citrus Trees to Grow

Do you want to know the different types of citrus trees you can grow in your home? Keep on reading this post and you'll understand the trees you need.

Need a little environmental pick me up? Tired of looking out your window into an empty and boring yard? If so, then you need to plant a citrus tree!

But before you head out the door to make a purchase, you need to know the types of citrus trees best for growing at home. Citrus trees offer beauty, pleasant aromas, and healthy snacks. Continue reading to get in the know!

1. Blood Orange

When discussing types of citrus trees, we have to start off with an orange!

The blood orange tree produces unique oranges that have a deep red tint to them on the inside. This tree is considered a small or medium tree. They normally don't grow more than 25ft. 

And it grows with a visually pleasing rounded top after blooming in the spring. The tree itself cast off beautiful aromas. These aromas attract birds and butterflies. 

Once the oranges do bloom, the branches on the tree tend to lean closer to the ground. This makes for optimal orange picking!

2. Improved Meyer Lemon

This new version of the Meyer lemon tree is virus free. The original Meyer lemons were prone to carrying citrus viruses. But the improved Meyer lemon is back and better!

This citrus tree is a hybrid. It's a mix between citrus and meyeri. This version of lemon is less acidic and a bit sweeter. 

Its skin is a deep yellow color. And because it's so thin, it's edible! It has a strong floral scent that'll freshen up any back or front yard. 

It reaches about 10ft and can be grown inside as well!

3. Mexican Lime

Also known as the key lime or bartender's lime, the Mexican lime tree is full of foliage. And they resemble shrubs. The blossoms on the tree are a pretty shade of white and very fragrant. 

Take its leaves and crush them to bask in the fine aromas. These limes are ready to eat during autumn or winter. And with the limes' attractive green skin, this tree is sure to bring vibrancy to any home. 

4. Oroblanco Grapefruit

Another hybrid takes the stage! The oroblanco grapefruit is a cross between a diploid acidless pomelo and a tetraploid grapefruit. This combination creates a seedless and less bitter grapefruit. 

The skin is thicker than a normal grapefruit and is a pale yellow color. This citrus is high in Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. And they're ready to be picked in the spring!

5. Fremont Tangerine 

A mix between a clementine and a Ponkan mandarin, the Fremont tangerine is the perfect balance between sweet and tangy. These trees are quite thin and grow straight up.

They're incredibly easy to peel. And are great for juicing! How would you like a fresh cup of juice every morning?

And once the tangerines grow ripe, they'll last on the tree for another 3 months!

Types Of Citrus Trees

So when debating on what kind of tree to plant at your home, remember these types of citrus trees! No matter which one you choose, you're sure to have a visibly pleasing and aroma filled tree. 

Need to know which citrus trees are best for growing indoors during the winter? Check out the post in our blog to find out more!