If you would like to grow a citrus tree, but live in an apartment, then you can grow dwarf citrus trees like Meyer lemons, oranges, and tangerines in a container or tub, and savor the tangy fruits. It is not difficult to grow a dwarf lemon tree indoors, as although lemon trees are tropical plants, they can survive even in colder climates.
Growing a Dwarf Lemon Tree
The dwarf lemon tree actually is a kind of bonsai, and requires a bit of care before you can see the tree bearing fruits. Like fruit tree cultivation, the lemon tree is also grown by the process of grafting a cutting from another tree.
To cultivate a dwarf lemon plant from a cutting, you have to first obtain a softwood cutting from a healthy lemon tree. Choose the cutting from a young dwarf lemon plant during late spring or early summer. While getting a cutting from the tree, make sure that the tree is neither too young or too mature.
Now, pinch the top half of the leaves from the cutting and plant it in a potting mixture that has been kept in a tray. Spray the potting mixture with water and cover the leaves of the cutting with a clear plastic bag. Make sure that the leaves of the cutting are not in contact with either the bag or the potting mixture.
Place the planting tree in a dry place away from direct sunlight. Regularly water when you feel that the potting mixture is getting dry. Avoid over watering the cutting as it might rot. After about a month, check the lemon tree cutting to see if it has grown roots. When the roots are 2-3 inches long, transfer the cutting to a plastic or terracotta container.
As part of caring for the tree, you would need to keep a check on infestations of whitefly and scale insects. With a little bit of care, your tree will soon bear fruit, which you can them proudly use in many preparations.