How to Water an Indoor Citrus Plant


Citrus trees are an ideal addition to any landscape or household. Growing them in a planter pot indoors helps protect your plant from winter temperatures, as well as add some bright foliage and fresh fruit to your home. It is important to find a good balance of temperature, soil condition and humidity for your indoor citrus plant in order for it to thrive. All of these factors come from watering the citrus plant properly.

Step 1

Make sure to understand how much water your citrus plant needs, as they can be very sensitive to over or under watering. Watch the appearance of your tree. Overwatered trees have yellowing leaves that are wilting, with wet soil that may show fungus symptoms. Trees that need more water will drop their leaves which will feel dry or brittle to the touch.

Step 2

Feel the soil in the top 1 inch of the planter pot, feeling for dryness. If the soil is dry, it is time to water the citrus plant.

Step 3

Water the plant by keeping the soil moist but not soggy. If the water is draining too quickly without soaking the soil, you may need to re-pot the citrus plant with new soil.

Step 4

Check the soil every couple of days to see if you need to water it, especially during the growing season. During dormancy, check it every two weeks. If the soil is moist for more than 10 days, re-pot the plant with fresh, well-draining soil as the soil is likely devoid of nutrients.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Potting soil


  • Caring for Indoor Citrus Trees
  • Citrus Tree Care
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