Lemons on a tree

Believe it or not, you can have your own taste of Florida right here in the PNW! Citrus does grow here, with a little extra help from you. Here’s some handy tips to help you successfully grow your citrus plants.

  • Buy citrus that has been grafted on dwarf root stock. This will help keep the plant more compact so you are able to maneuver it. Citrus at Al’s is all on dwarf rootstock for your convenience.

  • When choosing a container, choose larger than smaller and deeper than it is wide. Wait until spring or summer to transplant the citrus plant. This helps prevent transplant shock.

  • In the Northwest, it is very important to protect citrus from cold. We recommend bringing the plant indoors when danger of frost looms, usually around the end of October. Indoors, keep the plant in a bright window and away from drafty areas such as a door to the outside or heat registers.

  • Before you move your plant inside for Winter, check for pests such as aphids and/or scale. We have several natural solutions for these pests such as just washing off with water or insecticidal soap and horticultural oil.

  • In spring, around mid-April start hardening-off the citrus plant(s) by taking the plant outside during the day and bringing it back to a protected area such as a garage for about a week to 10 days. This will reacclimate the plant to outdoor conditions.

  • We recommend fertilizing your citrus plant in the summer with Espoma Citrus-tone organic fertilizer. Do not fertilize the plant during winter months.

  • Citrus plants are self-fertile so you don’t need another plant for pollination. To help increase fruit production, you can hand pollinate with a small paint brush or Q-tip to move pollen from flower to flower.