Indoor Fruit Trees – 5 Keys to Keep Your Tree Healthy and Vibrant
If you’ve discovered the joy of growing an indoor fruit tree, you’re likely very pleased with their low maintenance. Just about anyone can grow these citrus trees in just about any living space. Their fragrant blossoms and sweet delicious fruit make them a welcome addition to any home.
Here’s five easy to implement tips to help your tree become its absolute best:
1. If you need to add soil to your tree container, never use soil from the yard or anywhere outside. Get a soil combination with perlite mixed in. You can buy this mix online or at most garden centers. The soil combination should be an airy potting soil, and you should add soil up to the line on the trunk where discoloration from the dirt used by the nursery ends. Leave enough space at the top of the pot so you can water thoroughly.
2. Indoor fruit trees like regular watering. For the most part, every week to 10 days is plenty. When the soil is no longer damp, go ahead and water. Be thorough but don’t drench the soil. As for light exposure, a western or southern exposure is best.
3. Not only do these trees like water, they like to be fed in addition. Once a month, fertilize them with a specially formulated fertilizer made for indoor citrus varieties. If you don’t want to buy a specialized fertilizer, no problem. The meaningful elements are zinc, iron, and manganese. Most good quality multipurpose fertilizers contain these elements.
4. For the most part, people hate humidity, but indoor citrus trees love it. If your living space is dry, particularly in the colder months, add moisture with a humidifier, or mist them frequently. Another good idea is to place your tree container in a tray filled with pebbles and water additional to the top of the pebbles. observe of caution: Don’t put your tree directly in front of a drafty vent.
5. When it gets warm outside, give your tree a special treat and let it live outside on a patio or balcony. The outdoor sun will do your tree good, but acclimate it to complete sunlight little by little. We usually place our three trees in a shady area for a few days first.
Indoor citrus trees are known for producing quite a number of blossoms. Not all of these blossoms will produce fruit, but you can help encourage fruit production. Take a soft small paintbrush and brush the stamens of open blossoms from blossom to blossom. Basically, you’re helping the pollination course of action.
Finally, if your tree harbors pests, spray your tree with a good horticultural oil. Your most shared pest is likely to be spider mites. Horticultural oil will smother the pests and should rid your tree of the problem.