How to Plant Citrus Trees in Containers


Citrus trees are beautiful evergreen plants that provide fragrant flowers in the spring and fruit in the fall. If you want to grow a citrus tree, but aren't sure if you have the right climate or enough space in your landscape, consider growing one in a container. Containers allow you grow your own lemons, limes and even oranges without worrying about freezing temperatures or poor soil conditions.

Step 1

Fill your container with enough soil that when you place the plant in it, the top of the rootball will be about 4 inches from the top of the pot.

Step 2

Carefully remove the plant from its old container, trying to keep the root ball intact. Place in the new container and fill in soil around it so that roots are just under the surface of the soil. Do not put any soil around the trunk.

Step 3

Pat down the soil around the roots to eliminate any air pockets and water thoroughly.

Step 4

Place your plant in a location that receives full sunlight, at least eight hours a day.

Step 5

Water your plant in the morning when the soil is dry 1 or 2 inches deep. Do not overwater.

Step 6

Apply a slow-release fertilizer every two months.

Things You'll Need

  • Citrus tree
  • Large container, with holes in the bottom for for drainage
  • Well-drained potting soil mix
  • Water
  • Slow-release fertilizer


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Tracey Bleakley has been writing for the last year. She has had numerous education articles published on both and She has 10 years experience as an elementary school teacher. Bleakley received her Bachelor of Science in education with a specialization in reading from the University of Texas at Austin.