The Garden Lady: Planting citrus trees

This week I’ve been asked several times about planting citrus trees in Dallas. Temperatures in Dallas can get low enough in winter to damage citrus trees, so there are some precautions to take.

The Satsuma Miho Mandarin was given “superstar” status by Texas A&M in 2010 for it being able to tolerate the cold down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It is suggested to bring them in at 25.

Oak Cliff resident Elizabeth Cummings of Repotted grows citrus. In cold weather her father lays trees on the ground and covers them with mulch. If you do plant a citrus tree in the ground you can use frost cloth to help protect the leaves.

Find Mexican Lime and Satsuma Miho Mandarin trees in bloom right now at Repotted.

Plant the citrus tree just like you would any fruit tree, preferably on a South-facing side of the house. Here is my how-to on planting fruit trees.

Here in Oak Cliff we won’t have to worry about the cold for quite a while. If you haven’t grown citrus before, this is a good time of year to give it a try.

Garden Lady’s green dates to remember:

April 19, 6 p.m., A Community Cooks at the We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College

April 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Oak Cliff Earth Day at Lake Cliff Park


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