If you have wanted to try your hand at growing citrus but don’t have a place in your yard consider growing citrus in a pot. Growing citrus in pots has enabled expert citrus grower, John Panzarella, to enjoy many more varieties of citrus than would have otherwise been possible on his ¾ acre lot in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Some of John’s tips on using containers to grow citrus are to make sure that the trees you buy are on Flying Dragon root stock.
Tips for Growing Citrus in Pots
- Pine Bark Mulch: One of the keys to success in growing citrus in pot is pine bark mulch. The key to choosing a pine bark mulch is to make sure it has peat moss in it.
- Pelletized Gypsum: Adding gypsum to the soil will remove excess sodium.
- Citrus Fertilizer: Add a fertilizer optimized for citrus.
- Size of Pot: A 15 gallon pot is the maximum size recommended for growing citrus. Beyond that, the size gets to be unmanageable. When purchasing a new citrus tree to grow in a container, check the roots every six months to a year. If the root system is starting to look root bound, transfer the tree to the next size of pot.
Best Citrus Varieties to Grow in Pots
- Limes: Key, Persian
- Kumquats: Miewa, Changshou, Nagami seedless
- Lemon: Seedless Lisbon, Meyer
- Small Mandarins: Kishu Seedless, Pixie (late ripening)
- Possibly a satsuma