Growing Citrus in Central Texas is fairly easy, the only difficulty being that it can freeze. I lack space in my yard for more trees, so I keep my citrus trees in pots on the driveway, so I can move them in and out of the garage when it freezes. Yes, this is a pain, but I find that the reward of homegrown citrus outweighs the hassle of dragging pots around.
Growing Citrus Trees in Pots September 30, 2011
In pots, they resemble shrubs, more than trees, but they can be very productive. Currently the Key Lime tree, Meyer Lemon, and Satsuma Orange are loaded down with fruit. The Satsuma is supposed to be more freeze hardy than the others, but I’ll probably not test that theory.
Nearly all of my fruit trees have come from Specialized Plant Sales, at the SFC Farmer’s Market downtown. (I have a peach tree in a pot as well.) They sell all kinds of things, vegatable and herb transplants, olive trees, fig trees, citrus, Pepper plants, basil, Plumeria and have amazing strawberry pots, usually loaded with berries, when in season. I’m a total sucker for cheater plants, already bearing fruit.
This crazy plant is some kind of lemon tree, with lemons the size of grapefruits. I forget what it called.
I have successfully avoided buying an olive tree, although I really want one. I may succomb to the brown turkey fig plants he brings, already loaded with figs.
If you want to grow some citrus, or other fruit trees, just get some good soil – mine is Hill Country Garden soil from the Natural Gardener, and get the plants in a big pot. They grow pretty quickly, and are very rewarding. Just make sure you cover them or bring them in when the temps dip below freezing.