If you are an avid plant grower then you probably have a potted citrus tree that you baby along.....bringing it inside each winter to prevent cold injury and then carting it back outside when the weather becomes warm again in the spring. Here on the northern edge of USDA hardiness zone 8 we are just a hair too cold for growing citrus in the ground outside....bummer!!!!
So what do you do if you aren't willing to accept the fact that citrus trees are not cold tolerant enough to withstand our winters outside? You build them a citrus house!!! We have entered into an experiment to try to grow citrus in the ground outside. Our trees will be planted this spring once the danger of frost has passed in late March/early April. The trees will grow unprotected throughout the growing season and then comes the tricky part. Once October/November arrive and the threat of frost is again upon us we will build them a house out of PVC and 6 mil greenhouse plastic. This house will be heated (when needed) via the seed room (see blog below) and hopefully will provide us here at 47 Daisies with fresh citrus throughout the dormant season........but it doesn't stop there. In addition to citrus we will be planting pineapples in the citrus house. For more information on growing pineapples.........stay tuned!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )