CLEMSON, S.C. — Growing Citrus in containers can often bring a little slice of paradise to the garden and home. Although this is not a new practice, citrus fruits were a rare luxury in most of the United States during the 1800s. Citrus trees were often cultivated on seafaring ships to help prevent scurvy. Up until about the 1930s, most citrus grown in containers were reserved for wealthy homes. However, the revival of home citrus gardening is now a pleasure that many people can enjoy. Many different types of citrus are available through retail garden centers and online. However, Citrus cannot be sold in or shipped outside Charleston, Beaufort, or Colleton counties in South Carolina due to the Citrus Greening Quarantine.
When purchasing young Citrus, it is important to note that young trees must mature before they flower. Typically young, grafted oranges, grapefruits, and mandarins must grow for 5 years before they will flower and produce fruit. Lemons and limes require 1 to 3 years to overcome juvenility. So, purchasing larger specimens will often lead to quicker fruit production.
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–Clemson Extension Land Grant Press