I purchased an orange tree, lemon tree, and lime tree about two years ago. They are miniature trees and I grow them in pots and put them in the garage for the winter. The lemon and lime trees both produced fruit the second year, but the orange tree was a bit different. The first year, all the leaves fell off of it and I thought it might be dead. I did some checking and figured out my pot didn’t drain and the tree’s root were water bound. I pulled the leave-less tree out of the pot and drilled my drain holes bigger. In year two, the leaves came back but the tree did not produce.
This year I have lemons, limes, and oranges. I’m excited about the oranges and tried one today. It was better than what we can find in the local market. The lemon and lime crop was better this year than last, and I’m hoping the oranges follow suit next year. This year it produced seven oranges, so here’s hoping for more in the coming years.
After I figured out what I was doing, growing citrus was not too hard. Water everyday in the summer months and fertilize every other month. In the winter (in the garage) I water about once a week. I also cut them back in the winter to prepare for the next year’s growth.