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How to Water Citrus Trees

By Jessica Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017

Outdoor citrus trees require deep applications of water, whereas inside citrus trees need more frequent watering because the soil dries out faster. Keep citrus trees properly hydrated with tips from a gardening specialist in this free video on trees.


Hi, I'm Jessica Smith, and I work for Bland's Nursery in West Jordan, Utah, and today, we're talking all about trees and shrubs. Right now, we're going to discuss how you water your citrus. Is it outdoors, or is it an indoor houseplant for you? If it's outdoors, good deep applications of water, but let the top two inches dry out before you water again. Too much water, and they'll actually rot and suffocate for you. Now, if you've got one indoors you're watering's going to be a little more con, a little more often just because that potting soil's going to dry out. I recommend on any type of a houseplant that you water from the base up. Watering from the top can produce rot right against the trunk of the plant itself. Doesn't necessarily need to get wet. It's not a horribly bad practice to do, but it's really better if it takes it up from the base. I always like to fill up the saucer. That way, the roots'll take it up and get what it needs, and then in about a half hour to an hour I'd come back after the top part of the soil looks and feels wet; I'd actually take this extra water, and I'd I'd I'd I'd get rid of it, because otherwise, you've got wet roots down there and they don't like the wet feet. Again, that can cause rotting, and too wet of a soil all the time may cause fungus gnats, which can be very annoying in your home.


About the Author


Jessica Smith owns and operates "Blands Nursery" in West Jordan, Utah. Smith has work with plants and flowers for 22 years, since 1986.