About the Citrus Project

Background

Minnesota Citrus Trees is about my experience, knowledge, and lessons learned through growing citrus in containers. I hope your life will be easier than mine was and maybe even help you from making some of the same mistakes!

If living in a northern climate, you will need to adjust your schedule and activities differently than what most other citrus growers normally do down south.  One week there may be a foot and a half of snow from a blizzard; then a week later it may be time to move your trees outdoors. This was the case during April 2018 in Northeast Minneapolis. The seasons change quickly and unpredictably. Be prepared.

Connie, guardian of citrus
This is Connie, my Siberian Husky x Alaskan Malamute x Labrador Retriever x German Shepard mutt sitting out in the backyard at the beginning of our last blizzard for the season. Little did we know our citrus trees would be out in the yard a little over a week later!

By aggregating knowledge from numerous authoritative sources on citrus care and real-world know-how, Minnesota Citrus Trees is the best resource for successfully growing citrus in containers for those living in northern climates across the globe.

Connie reading a couple books on citrus care and other related information.
Even Connie’s readin’ up!

It’s very difficult to find good, reliable information around growing citrus in containers. Improving the ease of access for information was my motivation for building this site.

The Dilemma

The vast majority of Americans with citrus trees face one common issue: cold weather. Citrus are subtropical plants that only can be grown in ideal outdoor circumstances in what is known as the citrus belt. This belt covers the bottom coast of the US around Florida, west to California and up the Pacific coast to Vancouver.  If you don’t live relatively close to an ocean or the Gulf, you’ll likely need to take extra precautions to protect your trees in the winter which may include moving them indoors.

Being Minnesotan, growing citrus in containers is the only possible option. Any citrus tree planted in ground would be dead by November if not much sooner.  For approximately half the year they can be patio plants while the other half wintering indoors.

The necessity of growing citrus indoors fifty percent or more of the year presents some disadvantages and a couple advantages.

Process

I’m an experimental, tinkerer type, so you’ll notice I’ll try different, sometimes less common methods for achieving a result. Through this trial and error, I hope that you’ll benefit the most in your own personal endeavors and citrus-related objectives.

I make a point to include how to type of articles as well. It’s important to understand our plants more than memorized process of how to keep my citrus trees alive. Knowing why and when you should feed your citrus a healthy amount of nitrogen, for example, serves you in being a better caretaker long-term and solve some problems before they even really start.

Also included are cost effective recommendations for those more budget conscious, where to buy trees, which trees to buy, and list of equipment and plant food you should buy.

Vision

As a seemingly far-fetched end goal, I would like to produce citrus in a sustainable, economically viable way on a commercial scale in northern climates. Having food locally produced, non-GMO, and organic is beneficial for all our communities. If you feel similarly in our future consider clicking the donate button at the bottom of the page.