[NAFEX] indoor citrus
shelly2 at wi.rr.com
Wed Dec 1 23:30:44 EST 2004
yes Deb, its worthwhile if only for the fragrance of the flowers. I got sucked down this deep hole by Roger Swain's articles several years ago--as he admired his dwarf kumquats in a window of his home in the Vermont winter. Now I have a veritable citrus orchard that I haul in and out of my basement 2x/year. A kiffer lime for Thai cooking, 2 calamondine oranges--very prolific; 2 kumquats--very prolific; 1 lemon, 1 lime tree (shrub would be better description). They seem to blossom very late fall, early winter, so I hand pollinate with plucked male blossoms or a Q-tip. One small tree is tremendously fragrant!! It will be smelled all over the house. (friends ask what new Johnson Wax product I'm using!) I am in SE Wis, zone 4/5. I put the pots in my veggie garden for the summer, for height and interest. They are also fun to train in a sort of mini-espalier or Bonsai. I also have a dwarf banana, and 2 dwarf pomegranates (these bloom with a beautiful fuchsia-type blossom that I have not been able to pollinate or cross-pollinate--but are also worth the show in the middle of a blustery winter)
I guess that is more like three-cents worth. But sincere.
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