Citrus indoors?

  • Searched a while.
    Yes, they do that, but more often, it seems, it's either outdoors (if even a special contraption like some glasshouse) or hither-thither depending on the season.

    Yes, it seems I've got myself some citrus here.
    Eating a mandarine a coupl'a month ago, it was time I potted my dieffenbachia offshoots, and I happened to throw that mandarine's seeds upon the surface when the turf filling wasn't fully complete.
    I kinda forgot about it, but like several days ago I got a few tiny shoots poking out in that pot.
    Well, I thought it was some stick first, but having taken a closer peek, it appeared it was something alive. Then I assumed it was a crazy offshoot of this dieffenbachia, why not?
    But then - it wasn't growing that crazy as my dieffenbachiae have been this year: it poked out and kinda relaxed on that. And it was STIFF.
    Well, I undertook some search, for images like. Yes, it seems it is some mandarin orange having emerged on me (where the heck is the smilies button?).
    After the first one, two more have poked out so far. It seems I'll need to carefully excavate and plant separately at least two of them, because eventually it is a TREE (where's the smilies button?) and they are too close, let alone the dieffenbachia (smilies!).

    All right.
    Has anyone of you ever grown some citrus indoors?
    I'd like to hear from you. Some advice from experience?

    1. I need to move one or two of these tiny babes. How careful should I be? The seeds must be kinda deep - I added several inches of soil after the drop. Should I wait till they have grown up a bit?
    2. Some other advice on babes? :) I've searched for and read some info, but it mostly pertains to more grown up plants, however was it useful (light, humidity, etc.).

    I might upload some pictures later.

  • Is it practical to raise a tree where you live? Will it actually produce fruit before it is 10 foot (3 meters) tall? How large of a tub would you need to plant it in? Is there somewhere where it can get enough light?

    And the smilies button? Top right corner, inside the text entry field - just a little gray icon until you tap it. :P

  • Is it practical to raise a tree where you live? Will it actually produce fruit before it is 10 foot (3 meters) tall? How large of a tub would you need to plant it in? Is there somewhere where it can get enough light?

    Questions!

    See, I have a situation and I'm gonna deal with it.
    4 metres they say. Or can it be that a meter is longer than a metre? ;)

    Is there somewhere where it can get enough light?

    Yeah, in Brazil. :P

  • US spelling is meter, British - and French - is metre, but it is the same thing. You have a tall enough area for a 4 meter tree plus however tall the tub you plant it in is? Most places here the ceilings are not that tall ...

    (And yes, if your spell check is set for US English it marks metre as incorrect.)

  • US spelling is meter, British - and French - is metre, but it is the same thing. You have a tall enough area for a 4 meter tree plus however tall the tub you plant it in is? Most places here the ceilings are not that tall ...

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  • They're easy to grow as house plants. They need more light than most house plants to grow well; as much sun as possible. They will bloom indoors eventually, but many citrus need 10+ years to be mature enough to bloom, even in ideal conditions (outside.)

    Don't let them dry out completely.

    Citrus seeds often have more than one embryo. One will be a result of sexual reproduction and the others will be clones of the parent. Usually when there is just one plant from the seed it is the result of sexual reproduction, and it is very unlikely to yield fruit as good as the parent.

  • Thank you, Helico-something*:D*

  • @blackbird71

    Watered in a week. Looks good :up:

    Two or three looked drool and withering. However, one's getting a fresh sprout from under the surface. I'm pretty sure there were no other seed within what I potted there. Kinda one inch south from the 'drool' stem though. :confused:
    Another one opened a couple of leaves*:)*

  • Could be a new stem being put out by the root if there was damage to the original one. Some plants have a strong will to live, and if there's enough energy built up in the roots, they can surprise a person with what they can do to survive.

  • This new shoot looks alive but kind of seems a bit different. Same colour, but it's slimmer, not too stiff, and all green. Kind of leaf?

    I didn't use any old soil, or from garden. Don't remember dropping any other seeds either.
    Well, it doesn't seem to be growing nor withering, let's see...

    If it's a new stem, should I check the old one? It doesn't look too alive here...

  • I'd wait until the new shoot leafs out and see what the leaf looks like - and it will eventually have to either leaf out or die. Even bagged potting soil can sometimes have seeds in it, so anything's possible. I wouldn't mess too much with the old stem unless/until you become convinced the new shoot isn't from the original kind of plant.

  • If you want fruit, most commercial trees are grafted. The tree above the graft often has many issues including poor rootstock. You can buy trees for indoor growth where the graft is engineered to produce a smaller tree. Cumquats make excellent citrus tub trees, fruit plentifully and produce easy to make fantastic marmalade.

  • If you want fruit...

    If I want fruit, I go shopping, all right?
    :P

  • Most shoots seem to have withered completely. I'll still be watering the pots till the spring, in case some have retained inner strength or something.
    There is one which didn't seem likely at the time - having no leaves, or having them seemingly withered - this one solely retains sane stem.

  • Go light on the watering if the leaves have dropped or aren't present. Without leaves, plants can't move water away from the root system nearly as effectively; the leaves 'breathe' the plant moisture out into the air and pull it up and away from the roots so they don't rot. Root rot is an enemy you have to avoid whenever leaves aren't present. If the actual stems themselves have withered, it may already be a sign of root disorder or death. Another point is that if leaves never effectively developed, it's a likely sign of insufficient light.

  • There is one which didn't seem likely at the time - having no leaves, or having them seemingly withered - this one solely retains sane stem.

    Exactly now it started withering out too.
    :(

  • That doesn't sound too good -

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