Four tips for bringing potted citrus plants indoors for winter.
1. Wash Plants: Using a hose, spray foliage and branches to remove insects and allow to drip dry. Next, spray with an organic, insect killer, covering both the top and undersides of the leaves to make sure that you aren't bringing any pests indoors.
2. New Home: Citrus trees do well in cool temps from about 50 to 70 degrees with as much bright light as possible. Eight hours of sun per day would be ideal. South-facing windows usually have the most favorable light for citrus trees. Repot plant if it has outgrown its current container with Espoma's Cactus potting mix to give citrus plants proper drainage.
3. Feed Plants: Feed your citrus plant every four weeks with a fertilizer specially formulated for citrus, like Espoma's Citrus! Unlike plants in the ground, potted plants quickly use up the food in the soil and it needs to be replenished.
3. No Wet Feet: Citrus will not thrive in consistently wet soil, so make sure your citrus pots have excellent drainage. Set the pot on a saucer of pebbles to allow excess water to drain off. Water well when the top two inches of soil feels dry, once a week on average. --Espoma
Pictured: Meyer Lemon