Lemon or Oranges in Zone 6a/b

greentreeteaJuly 19, 2012


I want to plant a lemon or orange tree in my garden to take advantage of both the wonderful blooms and the fruit thereafter.

Will I be wasting my time and money trying to plant citrus in my area (Zone 6a/b) or shall I give it a shot?

Any particularly suitable varieties I should look at?


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Do you mean potted or in the ground?

Yes on potted- any variety you like.

Your in the ground options are severely limited to just about one, I think.
Linked below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Trifoliate orange

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 9:56AM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

Just a few hours below freezing can severely damage almost all citrus. Kumquats and a few Satsuma are pretty hardy but anything that could survive zone 6 winters wont produce tasty fruit. Trifoliate orange is probably the most hardy but you wont want to eat the fruit. If you want to plant straight into the ground you will need to fashion a way to protect them from the cold. Some have put up temporary greenhouses made from wood or pvc and covered with plastic. You would need to add a heat source also. One thing you can do to make it "look" like its in ground is to leave it in the pot and bury it, its commonly called plunging. A couple benefits to this is you can obviously move the tree during cold spells and the earth helps to regulate the rootzone temperatures. Some also suggest drilling extra holes on the sides of the pot to allow the roots to grow out into the surrounding soil. I have done this with a few plumeria and they seem to love it.


    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 9:58AM
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I am by no means an expert, but I don't think you'll be successful if you plant outdoors. Best bet is to go for a miniature plant that you can keep indoors during the winter. I'm sure the other forum members will have additional (and hopefully more useful) information.

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    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 9:43AM
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Or, you plant in-ground and surround your tree with a glass house that you can space heat all winter. I plan on planting one of mine in the ground in my greenhouse. Have you seen Fruitnuts?


Here is a link that might be useful: Fruitnuts beautiful in-ground greenhouse tree.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:09PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Don't we think that greenteatree is pulling our legs? I like your idea, Mike....plant a citrus and then build a greenhouse around it. lol.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 9:58PM
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