A backyard citrus tree provides a heavenly scent, whether when in bloom or through its aromatic, glossy leaves. Most citrus trees provide gradually ripening fruit over a long season. However, citrus trees are frost-tender; plant them at the right time for the best results.
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The Texas Cooperative Extension states that the best time to plant citrus trees is in January or February. This allows the tree to begin rooting before higher temperatures arrive. Be sure to offer winter protection when the forecast warns of frosts.
Plant seeds in the springtime, after the average last frost date. Be aware that many seeds are hybrids and will not sprout true to the parent tree, if at all. Fruit from seed-grown trees is often small and seedy. Nurseries usually graft trees, as seedlings take years to produce fruit.
Consider the location's exposure throughout the year. A low, sunny area of the yard may be ideal in summer, but cold air pools in low pockets of the landscape and may damage the tree in winter. Choose southern exposures or plant trees near heat-retaining walls in borderline zones.