Can I plant my orange or lime tree outside? - Knowledgebase Question

Savannah, GA (Zone 8B)
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Question by catmap
November 18, 2006
I'm in Zone 8, and would like to know if the little potted trees I brought home from Sea World can be planted outside - I have an orange tree and a lime tree. Will I have to do anything special for them with winter coming? Thank you!

Answer from NGA
November 18, 2006
Your gardening zone is marginal for citrus trees outdoors. You can try, but you'll need to protect them from sudden freezes. Or, you can keep them in containers and winter them over indoors, taking them outside for the spring and summer months. Keeping them indoors isn't too difficult; provide lots of bright light, warm temperatures, moist soil, and keep them out of drafts. They may even flower and begin to produce fruit indoors if the environment pleases them.

Enjoy your new trees!

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