My Meyer Lemon and Owari Satsuma before I covered them for the winter storm. These are tough trees!
Looks like tough love to me! I wouldn’t have the courage to leave my babies out like that. Do you bring them inside during prolonged freezes?
Looks like they are left to die like the other pots with dead little trees.
I covered them shortly after and in combination with the lights they look perfectly fine now. I haven’t covered at all this winter until then.
Those are dormant!
I have about 30 citrus trees growing, they will never see temps below 36*. Citrus growing in a hostile environment should be treated a little better. Inground trees growing in zone 8a might be able to handle colder temps. There are many members living in Georgia having success with inground tree’s there.
I am in zone 7a, temps in the high thirties in they go in a warmer place(growroom) for the next 3 months. I don’t take unnecessary chances with them.
I would put them in a protected area where it stays above freezing if possible. Your cover and lights may not be enough if you have prolonged freezing temps. Plus, those are very young trees.
While that may be wise, I feel different. I think it is pretty amazing they can adapt as much as they do. I protect them when it is necessary, and not any more than I need to. For example, I covered them shortly after this picture, and after uncovering today they are a beautiful green. Now if I had fruit on them, this would be a different story! I don’t expect these to even attempt putting on flowers any time soon, I am focused on their growth (which obviously won’t come until Spring). My other citrus that have fruit, such as my kumquats are inside way before those kinds of conditions. Additionally, as I mentioned the rest of the trees around them are deciduous and very much alive. I thought that one would go without say. I can assure you they will bloom beautifully .
Yes, when it gets colder I will take more precautions! Thanks for the advice.