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Top Tips for Repotting Indoor Citrus Trees

Repotting Indoor Citrus Trees

Are you looking to repot your indoor citrus trees? Read on to learn about the top tips for repotting your indoor trees for healthy growth and fruit-bearing.

Do you have indoor citrus trees that need to be re-potted? 

If you're growing citrus plants at home, odds are they will need to be re-potted at some point during their life span. Either your trees will outgrow their pots, or you'll want to change up your decor.

Re-potting might seem like a difficult process, but if you know what you're doing it will go smoothly. Keep reading to learn more about the re-potting process, so your trees stay happy and healthy for as long as possible. 

How to Re-Pot Indoor Trees and Plants 

When you're ready to re-pot your trees, make sure you pick the correct pot size. You don't want to choose something that's too big, as it can cause your tree to die. The best rule of thumb is to choose a pot with a diameter that is no more than one third or one half the height of the tree. 

After you've selected your pot, you're ready to re-pot your indoor trees. Here are a few helpful tips to make the process easier on both of you: 

1. Water Your Trees 

Indoor citrus trees need to be watered regularly, but you should give them an extra drink for a couple days leading up to re-potting. This will make it easier to get the tree out of its current pot and keep it hydrated during the transfer process. A hydrated tree is less likely to die once it's moved. 

2. Loosen Up The Root Ball 

Once you're ready to move, pull the tree out of its pot and loosen up the root ball. If you see any black or dead roots, remove those with a pair of gardening sheers. Loosening the roots will help the tree absorb nutrients from its new soil. 

3. Re-Pot and Clean 

Once you've moved your trees to a new pot, give them a fresh helping of nutrient-dense soil and fertilizer. Clean up any mess around the base of the pot and give your indoor trees a fresh drink of water. The soil should just be lightly damp but not soaking. Too much water in a new pot can kill your trees. 

What To Do After You Re-Pot 

After you change the size of the pot that your indoor trees have called home, they might enter a shock stage. Although it sounds scary, it's normal for a tree that's just been re-potted. 

To make sure they survive this period, give your trees a break from watering for about a week. You should also relocate them to a cooler and shadier spot. This process will help them relax, adjust to the new pot and start to grow again.  

Learn More About Caring for Citrus Trees 

Caring for indoor trees can be time-consuming, but it's well worth the work. There are tons of different types of indoor trees, particularly citrus trees, that can thrive indoors with proper citrus tree care

Check out the rest of our citrus tree and fruit blog for more helpful tips on caring for your indoor trees. If you're looking to get into growing indoor citrus trees, we can help with that as well.

Looking to grow your own citrus trees? Check out our citrus tree selection for fast-growing, micro-budded trees that bear fruit as early as within the second year!

What's the Best Soil for an Indoor Lemon Tree?

Indoor Lemon Tree

Are you looking to grow an indoor lemon tree but aren't sure which soil to buy? Read on to learn about soil requirements for indoor lemon trees.

Growing lemons inside gives you access to fresh, delicious citrus fruit all year long. And, it fills your home with a refreshing and fragrant aroma that is better than any air freshener you can buy. Plus, lemon trees make beautiful decor in your indoor space.

There are so many benefits to growing indoor lemon trees. Read on to learn about the right soil for your indoor lemon tree.

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Best Soil for Indoor Lemon Tree

Many people think that garden soil will work well for potted lemon trees, but that is not true.

Regular garden soil will not drain well and will likely become compacted and dense.

Select a potting mixture from your local garden store. The pH level of the soil can make a difference in the health of your lemon trees.

The perfect pH level for indoor lemon trees is between 5.5-6.5. You can get a pH testing kit from most garden stores to verify that your soil is right for lemon trees.

If it isn't, you can raise the soil's pH by adding lime. Or, if your soil is too acidic, you can use sulfur to lower the pH level.

Always use free potting mix when your lemon tree outgrows the pot it is currently growing in. This will happen every three years or so.

Make Your Own Potting Mixture

If you have your heart set on making your own potting mixture for your Meyer lemon tree or dwarf lemon tree, you can.

You will need equal parts sand, peat, perlite or bark. Just make sure to test the pH level of your soil.

Ensure Enough Soil Drainage

Caring for a potted lemon tree requires having adequate drainage.

Opt for a pot with lots of drainage holes along the bottom. This prevents the extra water from choking the roots of your lemon tree.

Put some gravel in the tray your pot will sit in. That prevents the roots from sitting in water.

You can add in a layer of screen to keep the soil in if your pot has very large drainage holes.

It's best if you raise your lemon tree pot off the ground with bricks so that your soil can get enough air circulation.

Nutrient Requirements for Lemon Trees

Indoor lemon trees have different nutrient requirements than outdoor ones.

Choose a slow-release citrus fertilizer for your indoor lemon tree soil. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations to know how much fertilizer to give and when.

Generally, if your lemon tree has nice, green leaves, you are providing the right amount of fertilizer. Yellow leaves are a warning sign that you are either over watering your tree or that the soil is lacking iron.

Remember, you need to water indoor plants more than you would water a tree growing in your yard. But, you want the soil partly dry in between watering.

Final Thoughts

Growing indoor lemon trees can be rewarding and successful. You can enjoy delicious, home-grown lemons regardless of the climate you live in.

Visit the US Citrus blog for more helpful articles, including how to care for citrus trees, recipes, health benefits and more.

Interested in growing your own lemon tree? Check out our citrus trees, including our fast-growing, micro-budded Meyer lemon trees here at US Citrus.

7 Amazing Ways to Use Kumquats

7 Amazing Ways to Use Kumquats

Are you wondering what to do with the fresh kumquats from your kumquat tree? Read on to learn about seven ways to use kumquats in baking, cooking and more!

They are the fun little fruit with the funny sounding name. We're talking about kumquats, a small citrus fruit with a big sweet-tangy taste.

Kumquats are indigenous to south China, but today they're grown in many parts of the world. They're in season from November through March and pack a serious nutritional punch of antioxidants, including vitamins C and A. Best of all, you don't have to peel these little orange pearls; the skin is entirely edible with a sweet taste!

If your kumquat tree is overflowing and you don't know the best way to enjoy your bounty, read on. Here are seven amazing ways to enjoy kumquats.

1. Add Kumquats to a Salad

Kumquats' sunny citrus taste will wake up your taste buds when you add them to a salad. They are the perfect balance for bitter greens such as radicchio or the licorice tasting fennel.

2. Turn Them Into Kumquat Jam or Marmalade

As a citrus fruit, kumquats are perfect for turning into jam or marmalade. A bonus is you don't have to peel and section them. Spread on bread or biscuits as part of a delightful breakfast.

3. Bake Kumquats in a Cake

Just like apples, berries, and other fruits, kumquats have their rightful place in a cake. Try an easy and moist kumquat ginger cake for a bright and beautiful cake you can enjoy with milk, tea, or coffee.

4. Roast Kumquats

Yes, you can actually roast kumquats in your oven. Cut them in half, toss them with a little bit of honey, and then roast on a parchment sheet-covered baking pan for a half hour at 325 degrees.

What can you do with roasted kumquats? They make a sweet side dish for chicken, duck, and pork.

5. Add Kumquats to Beverages

You can slice kumquats in half and add them to your favorite sweet cocktail, or even add a spoonful of kumquat marmalade to your drink. Or you can blend them whole with other citrus juices to make a kumquat puree.

Like a hint of citrus in your tea? Add one to your brewed tea instead of lemon.

6. Turn Kumquats Into Candy

The only additional ingredients you need to make sticky, gooey candied kumquats are sugar and water that gets boiled down. Store candied kumquats in a jar in the fridge, and eat them on their own or with desserts or ice cream.

7. Eat Kumquats Straight

Because their peel and pith are edible, there's perhaps no better way to enjoy kumquats then straight from the tree. Pick kumquats when they've turned completely orange. Leave any kumquats that still have green parts on the branches as these are still turning ripe.

They make a low calorie, tasty, and nutritious snack.

Kumquats Are Delicious and Versatile

As you can see, there's a lot you can do with kumquats. They make a great substitute for pretty much any other kind of citrus fruit.

Are you interested in growing your own kumquats or other citrus fruits?

Get a micro-budded, fast-growing kumquat tree for sale right here at US Citrus.

How to Revive a Sick Citrus Tree

How to Revive a Sick Citrus Tree

Has your citrus tree gotten sick? Not sure what to do? Read on to learn a few methods on how to revive a citrus tree and have your tree start thriving again.

There is a lot that goes into growing a citrus tree successfully. The soil composition, weather, and plant location are just some of the factors that could impact how your citrus tree grows. Anyone would love to have their own personal lime tree or lemon tree, but getting to that point is not always easy. 

It's always upsetting when you notice that your citrus trees are starting to look sick. But it can happen to everyone, from first-time growers to growers with years of experience. If you do notice that your fruit tree is looking under the weather, don't panic. There are methods for bringing them back to life. 

Below, we're sharing a few methods for how you can best revive a citrus tree. Read on to learn more about how you can take a fruit tree from sick to well again. 

1. Prune at the Right Time

If you want your citrus tree to grow successfully, it's important that you stay on top of pruning them at the right time. Each year, set aside a time in early spring that you can dedicate to this task. 

You'll want to be sure to remove any diseased or crisscrossed branches. The best tools for pruning are gardening shears or a fine-tooth saw, depending on the size of the branches. Pruning can be a tedious task, but it's well worth it to ensure that your Meyer lemon tree or Kaffir lime tree, for example, stay healthy. 

2. Check for Weeds Regularly

When you're growing citrus trees, it is vitally important that you stay on top of weed management. If you really want your fruit trees to grow successfully, you cannot just pull weeds occasionally and expect that will be enough. 

Check for weeds on a regular basis, and be sure to keep the area beneath the tree's canopy clear of damaging weeds. This is especially important for a young lime tree or lemon tree. Young trees have smaller canopies, so more light can get through, which promotes greater weed growth. 

3. Protect from Frost Damage

Citrus trees grow best in warm climates, so frost can cause serious damage. If you can, consider keeping an indoor citrus tree during the coldest time of the year, to prevent frost damage from happening. 

If you can't bring your tree inside, you can still protect it from frost by covering it with a cloth blanket and continuing to water it well. As tempting as it may be to prune frost-damaged areas right away, you should wait until the following spring when you are doing the rest of your pruning. 

Want More Tips for Growing a Citrus Tree?

There are lots of benefits to growing citrus trees. A citrus tree makes a beautiful addition to your garden or to the landscape of your home. When well taken care of, your trees will also produce delicious fruit that you’ll be able to cook with and bake with, which can ultimately be good for your health.  

For more helpful tips to get started on growing your own fruit trees, check out our citrus blog and our citrus care guide.

From Root to Fruit: How to Care for Pink Lemon Trees

How to Care for Pink Lemon Trees

Variegated pink lemons have a one-of-a-kind look and taste. They're great for adding ornamental interest and appeal to your garden, patio or backyard. Learn how to care for pink lemon trees below.

They say that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade... but what about pink lemons? Are they even real? Well yes, actually - pink lemons are a real thing and really cool citrus at that.

While variegated pink lemon trees don't actually produce the pink lemonade their name suggests, these citrus fruits are awesome to grow and cook with. So, how do you care for these quirky trees? Let us fill you in.

What They Look Like

With their stripy green rind, pink lemons are what you might get if a lemon and a zucchini had a lovechild. As the fruit matures it'll turn yellow, but still retains those cool stripes. Squeeze one of these babies and you get a clear juice.

The inside of the fruit is a beautiful pink and looks like a mini pink grapefruit. While in bloom, the pink lemon tree also produces delicate white flowers. Gorgeous and practical at the same time - they're our kind of tree!

Come Taste a Pink Lemon

So, what does a pink lemon taste like? Well, while the juice of pink lemons doesn't automatically produce the iconic pink lemonade, it tastes pretty awesome.

The juice of a pink lemon is slightly less tart than a regular lemon and is great for baking, adding to sauces, and yes - it makes pretty great pink lemonade, too!

Planting Pink Lemon Trees

Now that you know more about these elusive fruits, you might want to grow them yourself. Variegated lemon trees love plenty of sunshine, and this variety is no different.

In warmer states, plant them outside in full sun, as they need up to 8 hours of sunshine a day. In colder states though, keep them potted on the balcony and bring them in during the winter months - these evergreen bloomers hate frost.

Feeding Pink Lemon Trees

Pink lemon trees are a favorite with growers because they're super resilient. We think of these trees like a beloved puppy - feed them, water them, and they're happy. They're hardy, resistant to drought-like conditions, and to pests, too.

Plant these trees in soil that's between pH 6.0-8.0. A newly-planted pink lemon tree is extremely thirsty, so give it a good drink of water as soon as it's in the soil. You'll also want to feed it a citrus-specific fertilizer before the spring to aid new growth.

Caring For Pink Lemon Trees

If you're growing a pink lemon tree in a container, punch some drainage holes in the bottom for the water to drain away.

In the first growing season, you'll want to water the tree every few days to set up a strong root system. After that, every 10 days will be enough, though it'll need more on very hot days.

Grow Your Own Variegated Pink Lemon Tree

With their blush pink flesh and funky striped rind, pink lemons are a thing of beauty and good taste. So, when life throws you pink lemons, make pink lemonade! Or pink lemon bars, pink lemon curd, pink lemon chicken... the list is endless.

Decide where to plant your pink lemon trees, feed them and water them, and you'll soon get a well-established bloomer that's easy to care for. Ready to grow your own pink lemons? Shop our citrus tree collection and buy your very own pink lemon tree today.