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Gardening can be a rewarding hobby all year either indoors or outside. However, there are an abundance of plants that lose their leaves and blooms during the winter. How do you counteract the dormant winter season to provide yourself with beautiful plants? That’s easy! By having citrus plants indoors. Here are the top 6 reasons why they make the perfect indoor houseplants.

The Top 6 Reasons

shutterstock_34705991. Citrus plants are evergreens. They provide beautiful deep green leaves all year. While other trees are leafless out in your yard, your citrus trees will still have all of their leaves. They’re even pretty enough to be used as part of your holiday decorations.

2. Feeling stuffy with stale winter air? Well, indoor citrus plants naturally purify air. Why spend hundreds of dollars replacing special air filters every month when you can get a citrus tree or two to naturally clean the air for you? They’ll take pollutants out of the air, and provide your home with more fresh oxygen.

3. Citrus plants flower all year. You can have the successful feeling of growing beautiful blooms in the dead of winter to liven up things. My Cold Hardy Avocado Tree is flowering right now, and I’ve enjoyed showing the blooms off!

iStock_000013618901Small4. Citrus blooms smell great! People spend more time indoors in the winter and funny smells can start to emerge, but luckily the fresh citrus aroma provided by citrus blooms will leave your home smelling fresh! If people come over for the holidays, they’ll be amazed by how good your home smells!

5. In the winter people crave citrus fruits and for good reason: winter is the time for most citrus fruit harvests. If you have your own citrus trees you can pick your oranges, pomegranates, and lemons right off your own trees. You won’t have to suit up in multiple layers and fight the cold to the grocery store.

6. Citrus plants are easy to grow. Most citrus plants don’t require water until their soil is dry down to two inches below the surface. All you need to do is place them by a large sunny window, and they’ll thrive.

Top Indoor Citrus Plants

Now you know a few reasons why citrus plants make excellent indoor houseplants, but ‘citrus plants’ is sort of a broad term. So, we will tell you the top 5 Citrus plants that will do the best in your home!

orange with peeled spiral skin5. The Key Lime Tree is extremely easy and fun to grow in pots. It’s low maintenance and adapts to almost any soil type. It takes up a small amount of space and has wonderful smelling blooms. This tree will give you plenty of limes for margaritas, pies, or salsa.

4. The Navel Orange tree is a must have for those who love oranges. This tree provides wonderful citrus fruit around December and January. The oranges are sweet and seedless. This tree will provide you with large white blooms and an amazing indoor citrus scent. Use your oranges for snack or for juice!

3. The Clementine tree is one awesome citrus tree! It grows extremely well in containers and has very fragrant leaves. Grocery stores can’t keep enough clementines on their shelves in the winter. They’re too delicious and everyone wants them. They’re seedless and easy to peel making them the perfect snack to take to work or for your kids.

Lemon tree2. The cold Hardy Avocado Tree has beautiful long green leaves. It brightens up any room and has a mildly sweet scent. It loves to grow in containers, and it produces one amazing super fruit. Your home grown avocados will taste better than any avocado that you’ve ever tasted before. Avocados ripen off of the tree, so if you’re worried about having too many then leave them on the tree until you’re ready to pick them.

1. The number one indoor citrus plant is the Meyer Lemon Tree. It’s a hybrid between a lemon and orange tree and provides amazing sweet lemons. This tree is active all year, either growing lemons or flowering. Its sweet citrus scent is hard to live without once you’ve had the opportunity to smell it. The Meyer Lemon Tree is extremely easy to grow indoors and is very rewarding. You’ll have tons of sweet lemons to juice or bake with!

Let it Snow, While Your Citrus Grows!

One is life’s best pleasures is biting into a fruit that you’ve grown yourself. They taste sweeter and fresher than those at the grocery store, and you don’t have to fight the traffic and weather conditions to get it.You can pick home grown fruit right off of your trees. Don’t let winter be a fruitless season, grow citrus trees in your own home for fresh juicy fruit!

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