The Q&A Archives: Indoor Orange Tree

Question: How do I care for the orange tree I received at Christmas? We probably won't be able to put it on the deck until late April. Presently it is sitting in a large southwest window but is losing leaves and looking very bad.

Answer: Citrus trees can be successfully grown indoors during the winter months, but they will respond in a negative way if the conditions don't duit them. Give your tree as much bright light as possible. If the air indoors is too warm, or too dry, the leaves could yellow and drop. If it's getting too much or too little water, it could drop leaves as well. Place the tree in a room that stays between 50F and 65F degrees during the winter months, in the brightest spot available. As the days lengthen, the tree can be exposed to warmer air temperatures. Try misting the leaves every few days to increase humidity. Water as often as needed to keep the soil moist, but not soggy wet. Give your tree an chance to adjust to its new home and it will probably pull out of its winter doldrums.

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