Sweet Lemon Information: Tips On Growing Sweet Lemon Plants


By: Amy Grant

There are a number of lemon trees out there that claim to be sweet and, confusingly, several of them are just called ‘sweet lemon’. One such sweet lemon fruit tree is called Citrus ujukitsu. Keep reading to find out how to grow Citrus ujukitsu trees and other sweet lemon information.

What is a Sweet Lemon?

Given that there are many citrus hybrids referred to as sweet lemon or sweet lime, what exactly is a sweet lemon? Sweet lemon (or sweet lime) is a generic catchall term used to describe citrus hybrids with low acid pulp and juice. Sweet lemon plants are not true lemons, but a lemon hybrid or a cross between two other types of citrus.

In the case of Citrus ujukitsu, this sweet lemon fruit tree is thought to be a strain of tangelo, which is a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine.

Ujukitsu Sweet Lemon Information

The Ujukitsu is a sweet lemon plant from Japan that was developed by Dr. Tanaka in the 1950’s. It is sometimes called the ‘lemonade fruit’ in reference to its sweeter, almost lemonade flavor. A USDA Research Center called Rio Farms brought this sweet lemon to the United States.

The center was shut down and the citrus there left to live or die. The region had a significant freeze in 1983, killing most of the citrus, but one Ujukitsu survived and John Panzarella, a Master Gardener and expert on citrus, collected some budwood and propagated it.

Ujukitsu sweet lemons have a weeping habit with long arching branches. Fruit is borne at the ends of these branches and is pear form in shape. When ripe, the fruit is bright yellow with thick fruit that is difficult to peel. Inside, the pulp is mildly sweet and juicy. Ujukitus grow more slowly than other citrus but fruits earlier than other “sweet lemon” trees, such as Sanoboken.

They bloom profusely with aromatic blossoms in the spring followed by fruit formation. The largest fruit is about the size of a softball and ripens through the fall and into winter.

How to Grow Citrus Ujukitsu Trees

Ujukitsu trees are small citrus trees, only 2-3 feet (0.5 to 1 m.) tall and perfect for container growing, provided the pot is well draining. As with all citrus plants, Ujukitsu trees dislike wet roots.

They prefer full sun and can be grown outside in USDA zones 9a-10b or indoors as a houseplant with bright light and average room temperatures.

Caring for these trees is similar to that of any other citrus tree type – be it in the garden or grown indoors. It needs regular watering but not in excess and feeding with a fertilizer for citrus trees is recommended per the guidelines listed on the label.

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Bloomsweet Grapefruit: Bloomsweet is a lemon flavored w hite grapefruit with yellow skin that is shaped like a large pear. You peel and eat it like a tangerine. The Bloomsweet o riginated in Japan and was probably a Kinkoji then somehow made its way to Texas. It was grown in San Leon, Texas, by a Mr. Bloom until his death many years ago. He called the grapefruit Bloomsweet. This is my wife's favorite grapefruit because she could take these to work and not have to worry about spooning out the segments. The seeds come true.


Easy peeling Bloomsweet Grapefruit

Chandler Pummelo: This is the l argest citrus that I grow. It is b est eaten with the juice cells separated from the membrane (click here on how to do it). It needs to be picked and eaten in November for best flavor. The seeds do not come true.

Fairchild Mandarin: The Fairchild is a b right orange-colored mandarin (tangerine), both inside and out. It is a c ross between the Clementine mandarin and the Orlando tangelo. Unfortunately, it has a lot of seeds, but the taste is outstanding! It is a little hard to peel, so you may want to cut it up.

Page Mandarin: A cross between Clementine and Minneola tangelo, page is very similiar to Fairchild in flavor. The fruit is smaller and slightly less seedy than Fairchild. When pollenated, it is a heavy producer.

Golden Grapefruit: The Golden grapefruit m ay not be a true grapefruit, and it has less acid than a normal grapefruit. It does have a beautiful golden internal color and is orange flavored. It can be s eedy, but when planted, the seeds come true.

Meyer Lemon: The Meyer Lemon s ometimes is called the Texas Lemon or the Valley Lemon. This lemon is l ess tart than an ordinary store lemon and slightly larger. It can also be used like an ordinary lemon for lemonade or for a lemon pie.

Miewa Kumquat: The Miewa kumkquat is the size of a marble and very sweet. You can eat the whole thing, skin and all. It does have seeds.

Monreal Clementine: The Monreal Clementine is p robably the sweetest and easiest to peel in the tangerine family. The seeds do not come true.

Moro Blood Orange: This blood orange has the best tendency to get red inside. The red is due to a water souble anthrocyanin. The pigment is beneficial to eat, but requires cold nights and warm days to form. In my climate they never get totally red, but the flavor is excellent just the same.

Nagami Kumquat: The Nagami kumquat is a b reakfast-sized sausage looking kumquat that has a sweet skin and is tart inside. It is good for jellies only. There is a seedless variety called Nordmann Kumquat that makes excellent marmalade.

Panzarella Cluster Lemon : The Panzarella Cluster Lemon is a lemon tree that sprang up in my compost pile. They are very large and juicy. The lemon can grow into 10 lb clusters. The fruit is characterized by a circle on the flower end of the fruit. It has a moderate amount of seeds. It sometimes takes an extra year to fruit when grafted or grown from cuttings.


My Panzarella Lemons

Panzarella Orange : The Panzarella is an orange tree that came up in my compost pile. Its size is as large as a grapefruit and real juicy, but it also has lots of seeds. The seeds do not come true. Its mother may have been ujukitsu.


My Panzarella Oranges

Rio Red Grapefruit: The Rio Red grapefruit is t he most popular Texas valley grapefruit with a red color, few seeds, and very sweet flavor. The commercial growers are phasing out the Star Grapefruit and replacing with the Rio Red Grapefruit. (See picture next to the Golden grapefruit above.)

Rio Star Grapefruit: There is no such thing as a Rio Star Grapefruit. What the commercial growers are doing in the Texas Valley is mixing their Star Grapefruit with the newer variety Rio Red Grapefruit and calling them Rio Star Grapefruit since both are red and are hard to tell apart.

Sunquat: The Sunquat is a c ross between a Meyer Lemon and a Kumquat. Slice thin and eat the whole thing. Sometimes they are tart, but it is much sweeter than a Meyer Lemon.

Ujukitsu Sweet Lemon: The Ujukitsu is a r are sweet lemon from Japan. It is shaped like a small Bloomsweet grapefruit. It is a yellow pear-shaped fruit. Peel and eat like a tangerine. No need to add sugar to this lemon! The seeds do not come true. This fruit is sometimes called a cross between an orange and a lemon. This is not correct.

Wekiwa tangelo : Wekiwa tangelo is a cross between a grapefruit (probably Duncan) and a Sampson tangelo (¾ grapefruit , ¼ Dancy tangerine). It h as a pink internal coloring and is sweet. It really should be called a tangelolo. To me it has no bitter grapefruit taste and is very good.

Hirado Buntan Pummelo: There is some confusion on this variety. In the Citrus Industry Vol. 1 the flesh is described a being a light greenish-yellow color. In Florida it is described as being pink or red fleshed. The Florida version may not be a true Hirado Buntan, but Ogami which is described as growing in Florida and red fleshed in the same book. The Florida people describe it as the best tasting of all pummelos. I agree.

Sarawak Pummelo: This is one of the sweetest pummelos I have eaten. It is white fleshed and a little more juicy than Chandler.

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Ujukitsu (sweet lemon)

We have talked a lot about the ujukitsu on GardenLine in recent weeks, mainly because listeners who have been growing them were worried about freezing weather. I love this fruit tree for several reasons, and one is its ability to handle cold temperatures better than other “sweet” lemons. Frankly, it can handle drops into the mid-20s and survive. I also love cooking with ujukitsu. And I love saying the name -- oo-joo-KIT-soo.

Did I say sweet lemon? Yes. There are a number of lemon trees considered “sweet,” and several are just called “sweet lemon.” The ujukitsu was originally named Lemonade Fruit.

We have had success locally with the Meyer lemon and, while it’s not as sweet as ujukitsu, it has a hint of orange.

And what exactly is “sweet?” It’s a generic term used to describe citrus hybrids with low-acid pulp and juice. Sweet lemon plants are not really lemons … they’re lemon hybrids - crosses with other types of citrus. In the case of ujukitsu, it is thought to be a strain of tangelo, which is, in turn, a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine.

Rio Farms, a USDA research center in the Rio Grande Valley, originally brought ujukitsu to the United States from Japan. The region had a significant freeze in 1983, killing most of the citrus, but one ujukitsu survived. John Panzarella, a citrus expert from Angelton who has been a GardenLine guest in the past, collected some budwood from it to propagate.

Ujukitsu sweet lemon trees have a "weeping" habit with long, arching branches. Fruit appears at the ends of the branches and is pear-shaped. When ripe, the fruit is bright yellow and thick, making it difficult to peel. Inside, the pulp is mildly sweet and juicy. Ujukitus grow more slowly than other citrus, but its fruit appears earlier than other “sweet lemon” trees, such as sanoboken. They bloom profusely with aromatic blossoms in the spring followed by fruit formation. The largest fruit is about the size of a softball and ripens through the fall into winter.

I’m bringing all this to your attention because, when we get to our annual “fruit tree sales season,” lots of ujukitsu trees will be available. I’ll relay info about all the 2020 sales in early January. But if you need one right now, The Arbor Gate in Tomball has made it their mission to carry fruit trees year-round.


Sweet-Smelling Indoor Plants to Liven Up Your Home

You’re in luck when you work with fragrant houseplants because you’ll be planting them indoors. That means you don’t have to worry as much about spring freezes.

Your plants will live in pots and experience relatively stable environments without massive temperature swings. Your timing is mostly down to when you have the time and inclination to start planting.

When Should I Plant Indoor Plants that Smell Good?

If you’re planting from bulbs, they are more available during the springtime and other popular planting periods. Make sure to give yourself enough free time to give your new house residents thorough care.

You might find that you do better if you plant all of your fragrant plants at the same time, as that will allow you to deal with growing pains for all of your houseplants at the same time.

How Do I Plant Fragrant Indoor Plants?

To give your new plants their best shots at surviving and thriving, provide them with all of the comforts of home. Give them appropriately sized containers and the correct soil types. You’ll also need to check to see whether the plants enjoy the light and other environmental conditions where you place them and make adjustments if needed.

Every plant will have different planting requirements based on their specific needs. To ensure that you’re covering your bases and helping your plants take root and start to grow, check your local agriculture office. They’re there to answer your questions and make sure that you’re familiar with local conditions when planting anything.

How Do I Care for Fragrant Houseplants?

Plants aren’t much different than people when you get down to it. Both people and plants need food and attention to thrive. You’ll want to check on your plants regularly and make sure that they don’t lack anything that they require.

A little extra TLC means the world to your plants and can take them from sickly to lush in a few days. If your plants require bright light to do well, make sure to provide it. You should also rotate light-craving plants on a regular schedule to ensure that one side doesn’t get the lion’s share of light.

If you don’t rotate them, you can wind up with a crooked plant that has a lot of growth on one side and nothing on the other. Use a moisture gauge to check soil conditions for each plant, and treat your indoor plants that smell good with fertilizer if they require it.

While inspecting your plants, be sure to look for any insects that may have appeared since you last looked. Unfortunately, aphids on houseplants, as well as fungus gnats, can sometimes be a problem. If you find them, there are many different home remedies available to help you get rid of the nasty bugs.

Sharry Baby Orchid (Jamie Sutton x Honolulu) – Beautiful Fragrant Houseplant

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For a plant that combines beauty and beautiful scents, you can’t go wrong with an oncidium orchid. Orchids are often difficult to care for, but the Sharry Baby stands apart from others and is one of the easy to grow houseplants.

It’s the perfect choice for folks who like orchids but don’t have the time or energy to care for finicky plants. The Sharry Baby Orchid likes a nice amount of high light.

Place it near a sunny window or grow light to allow it to get a regular dose of bright light. Fertilize this plant during the growing season and water your Sharry Baby frequently for best results.

Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda)

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The Madagascar Jasmine has a deceptive name. This handsome houseplant is not a jasmine plant but is instead a shrub with similar characteristics and sweet scent. These sweet smelling shrubs produce waxy, white flowers and deep green, broad leaves that really make a statement.

Plant these beautiful indoor flowers wherever you want a splash of elegance and natural air fresheners. The Madagascar Jasmine likes lots of moisture and warm temperatures, so water the plant frequently, and check the soil to ensure that it’s getting enough nutrients.

The soil needs to drain well, so use a loamy potting soil to avoid root rot. Include a trellis or pole in the pot for the Madagascar Jasmine to climb. It’s a lovely addition to the interior of your home.

Plumeria (Plumeria x)

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If you’ve been near a traditional Hawaiian lei and were able to smell its sweet fragrance, you’re already familiar with the Plumeria. This gorgeous tree originates in tropical jungles and produces stunning blossoms of white, yellow, red, pink, and purple flowers.

It’s a fantastic-looking plant and will spruce up any room in which it lives. Because of its tropical origins, grow your Plumeria in conditions that mimic a typical jungle environment.

Make sure to keep the plant comfortable by watering it frequently throughout the spring and summer. Cut back on watering in the autumn and winter months. Make a lovely display with your Plumeria and a couple of different types of indoor palm plants for a really tropical feel in a sunroom or other area of the home.

Gardenia (Gardenia augusta) – Spectacular Indoor Plants that Smell Good

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Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy working with plants that require a little extra attention? You’ll love the Gardenia.

The Gardenia is a compact little plant that produces glossy green leaves and an incredible, unforgettable fragrance. If you have the skills to work with this sensitive plant, your home will thank you. You’ll do best with your Gardenias when you give them lots of sunlight and plenty of water as it establishes itself.

Make sure to feed your Gardenia fertilizer all spring and summer, then taper off when autumn arrives. Your Gardenia will be happiest in a consistent temperature that is neither too hot nor too cold.

Indoor Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)

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Not every indoor plant or outdoor plant follows the same rules and blooms in the spring and summer.

Some easy to grow indoor plants, such as the Indoor Jasmine, produce blooms in the cooler months and are perfect houseplants for folks who like a bit of flowering and color in the wintertime when the landscape is typically rather drab.

As a bonus, the Indoor Jasmine is one of the best hard to kill indoor plants so it’s great if your thumb is a little on the brown rather than the green side. It’s one of the best low-maintenance fragrant houseplants for people with cold indoor temperatures and it’s a great way to brighten an indoor space.

Despite its name, the Indoor Jasmine loves spending quality time outside to soak up sunlight and catch a cool breeze. Try to put your Jasmine out for a few hours a day when it isn’t overly hot.

This indoor hanging plant loves a trellis or other climbing framework, too. Add one to your Jasmine plants’ pots or hanging baskets to accommodate their climbing habit and encourage them to spread.

Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus)

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There’s nothing better than having an indoor plant that pulls double duty. That’s what you get with the Cuban Oregano plant, which combines good looks and appealing scent with a delicate flavor.

A Cuban Oregano plant will liven up any room in which it lives, and you can use its leaves to season your family’s meals. Protect your Cuban Oregano from breezes, which can disturb it and dry it out.

It’s easiest to plant the Oregano from cuttings, so if you want to start a new plant, add a cutting to potting soil and water it. Ensure that the soil stays moist, but do not saturate the roots.

Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia x) – Amazing and Fragrant Indoor Plants

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Are you looking for an indoor plant that not only smells great but also gives you a visual spectacle? Meet Angel’s Trumpet. This remarkable plant produces gorgeous pink and orange flowers that do indeed resemble a trumpet.

Your home will look incredible and will smell fantastic, too. Because it is poisonous, the Angels Trumpet isn’t the right plant for folks with small children or curious pets.

You’re likely to encounter pests on your Angel’s Trumpet from time to time, too. Try to use a method of getting rid of spider mites naturally to keep them in good shape.

Sweet Lemon Tree (Citrus ujukitsu)

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Citrus plants are the perfect companions for your home and they make ideal trees with fragrant flowers that have delicious fruits after flowering. The beauty of a citrus plant such as Sweet Lemons is that they fill multiple roles.

They not only smell and look fantastic, but they always land on lists of what plants keep flies away and are perfect for most homes. Plant your Sweet Lemon tree in slightly acidic potting soil that offers good drainage.

Plan on your tree topping out at between three and five feet, and plant it in a large enough pot to accommodate its root structure and gives it room to grow. Keep the tree in temperatures between 55 and 70°F.

Begonia (Begonia x)

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Begonias are well known and well-loved as houseplants, as well as being easy to care for indoor flowers, and you’ll fall for them, as well. There are plenty of scentless Begonia varieties, but you can also find some fantastically fragrant members of the Begonia family, such as the Tea Rose Begonia.

Whichever one you choose will reward you with stunning pink flowers and dark green leaves. Begonias prefer high humidity and hot conditions, so give your indoor ones plenty of water and mist.

Add some to a hanging basket in the bathroom for just the right growing conditions. Or, place these good smelling flowers near a sun-facing window for the best results and lots of blooms.

However, you can also use a bright grow light if you don’t have bright natural light available. It’s one of the best plants for mixed light so it does well in almost every room in your home. Although it’s not technically one of the best low light indoor plants, it can handle some shade.

Arabian Jasmine (Jasminum sambac) – Remarkable Fragrant Houseplant

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If you’ve had jasmine tea at some point, you’ve already encountered Arabian Jasmine. This climbing vine produces bright white flowers and broad green leaves, and the flowers are perfect for drying and brewing.

Jasmine scent is unmistakable and delightful, and you can enjoy it in your home. Jasmine needs a trellis or other climbing framework if you want it to do well.

Keep your plant out of drafty spots, and feed it fertilizer throughout the spring and summer. Grow Arabian Jasmine in bright sunlight. Give it plenty of water, but don’t allow the roots to sit in damp soil.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus cinerea)

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Like the Arabian Jasmine, the Eucalyptus is a multi-talented performer. This gorgeous and unusual-looking plant has bluish-grey round leaves and offers a beautiful display. You can crack open the leaves for use as a soothing topical agent for your skin.

It’s also one of the top indoor plants that clean the air. If you want a plant that combines looks and utility, the Eucalyptus is the one for you. Eucalyptus plants prefer consistent environments.

Make sure your plant doesn’t have to deal with wild temperature swings and keep it in a spot protected from hot or cold breezes. Prune your Eucalyptus regularly to maintain its bushy shape.

Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis)

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Anyone who’s enjoyed the scent and flavor of a rich and flavorful stew or soup is already familiar with Sweet Bay. The Sweet Bay bursts into glossy leaves that give off a sophisticated, spicy scent and flavor that goes wonderfully with long-cooking foods. It’ll make your home look lovely, as well.

Keep the Sweet Bay in medium to bright sunlight for it to thrive. While the plant loves humid conditions, allow it to go through its normal life cycle. So, let the soil get a bit drier when wintertime comes around to trigger the plant to go dormant.

Orange Jessamine (Murraya paniculata) – Indoor Plants that Smell Good and Look Beautiful

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Do you like citrus scents but want a manageable shrub? You’ll love the Orange Jessamine. This attractive and bushy green plant bursts into small, white, fragrant flowers that produce an overpowering orange fragrance.

The Jessamine is one of the best home remedies to keep flies away, thanks to its scent, and it’s perfect for your home. While you can grow your Orange Jessamine in light conditions ranging from low to bright, it will do best in brighter spots. I

f the plant doesn’t seem to want to bloom, try moving it to a sunnier location. Give the Jessamine lots of water and nutrients during the growing season, but reduce the water and cut out the fertilizer in the fall and winter.

Passionflower (Passiflora x)

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Sometimes, you want a plant that gives you great scents and knocks you out with its good looks. Passionflowers are perennials for fragrance and unusual beauty. The Passionflower has small, spade-shaped green leaves that look good on their own.

Its party piece, though, is its incredible purple flowers with hairlike tendrils and yellow centers. Keep your Passionflower well protected from drafty areas, and make sure it gets sufficient sunlight. The Passionflower likes moist soil, but you should never soak it.

Allow the soil to dry out from time to time. Because the plant grows quickly, include a trellis or other climbing framework in the container.

We hope you had a blast checking out our ideas for aromatic indoor plants. It’s essential to keep our homes looking and smelling their best, and houseplants can help us get there. Our gardening tips show you which great-smelling houseplants can grace your home and make it a happier and sweeter-smelling year-round place to live.

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Urban Gardening with Drew: Growing Citrus Trees in Texas

Growing your own citrus tree can be a rewarding pleasure for a North Texas gardener. Not only are homegrown citrus fruit a real treat, but the tree itself can make a handsome addition to a patio or garden. With the “grow your own” movement in full swing, I decided to share with you my experiences with growing citrus in Texas.

Citrus trees can be relatively easy and pain-free to grow in North Texas. There are few pest and disease pressures that affect citrus in this part of the country, plus birds and squirrels don’t favor the fruit, which is very rare! The biggest concern with citrus trees in our area is keeping them warm enough in the winter. Most citrus can withstand temperatures as low as about 28 degrees, with certain varieties able to withstand 25 degrees. With a good strategy, it isn’t difficult to overwinter citrus.

Citrus Trees Growing at the Big Tex Urban Farms/Staff Photographer: Jessie Wood

Winter-Proof Your Citrus Tree

So, how do you grow your citrus trees to withstand the winter weather? Simply grow them in containers and move them indoors for winter. You don’t need to have a greenhouse, sunroom, or anything special. You can simply pull your pots into a garage or any room that stays above freezing. Citrus trees in winter will only need occasional water, maybe once a week. When I lived in Austin, I used my garage to keep my citrus happy. In December, when the temps would drop below freezing, I would pull my trees into a cool garage. They would live there until spring when I would pull them out. Often the trees would lose their leaves over winter and would look terrible! No worries though if the trees defoliate in winter, they will recover just fine the following spring.

Citrus trees have been grown in containers and overwintered indoors for centuries in Northern Europe. Monasteries and houses of privilege in France used basements and root sellers to house tangerines and large collections of Mediterranean citrus varieties. Wealthy British families often had orangeries, which were glass house additions specifically designed to grow citrus trees. Many of the orangeries housed famous citrus collections from around the world and were considered a true mark of privilege among the elite. There are records of large European citrus collections at least as far back as the 1700’s.

Which Variety Works Best for North Texas

There are many varieties of citrus that do well in North Texas. I am particularly fond of Satsuma mandarins. These are medium size “oranges” that are seedless and peel very easily. Satsumas are very popular in South Louisiana, where I am from. We looked forward to seeing them fresh at the market all year long! They ripen like clockwork at Thanksgiving and will stay good on the tree for the whole month of December. Satsumas are amazingly sweet, particularly after they have been kissed by a few cold nights. Meyer lemons do well here, too. They have fragrant flowers and quality large lemons that ripen in mid-winter. Meyer lemons are one of the only citruses that will continue to bloom even after they have has set fruit! They bloom off and on nearly year-round and are just as useful as an ornamental as they are for fruit production. Mexican limes, Ruby Red grapefruit, and oranges are excellent choices in North Texas. On the Big Tex Urban Farms, we are growing several different Mandarins in boxes and we have plans to add more citrus soon. I am including a list of some of my favorite varieties and their characteristics at the end of this blog.

Caring for your Citrus Tree

Citrus trees like a spot in full sun, but partial shade will also be just fine. Trees grown in a pot will need water regularly during the summer, maybe as much as once a day. Throughout the rest of the year, every few days will be fine. Be sure to check the moisture level in your pots every few days to determine when they need water. I recommend using a granular slow-release fertilizer to keep your trees productive. Seek out fertilizers made specifically for citrus trees. Follow the directions on the bag of fertilizer you decide to use. Minor insect/pest issues are easily solved with an organic pesticide.

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A List of a Few of My Favorite Citrus Varieties:

Miho Satsuma – One of the sweetest mandarins. Easy to peel. Very productive trees. I have a tree that I have grown for over twelve years now, and it still produces good fruit. Other great Satsumas include Owari, Brown Select, and Silver Hill. All Satsumas are great quality and well worth growing.

Meyer Lemon – A large, very productive, mild-flavored lemon. These are adored as much for the fragrant blossoms as they are for the fruit. They can take more cold temperatures than an average lemon, down to at least 27 degrees for short periods of time.

Mexican Lime – These are also known as Key limes. They are small, round, and full of flavor. Nothing tastes better in a cold beer, or so I’m told! Mexican limes are usually the first citrus to ripen in Texas – usually ready in mid-August.

Washington Navel Orange – The standard navel that is sold in grocery stores everywhere. It is a top quality seedless orange. Sometimes trees tend to bear fruit every other year. N-33 is another good navel for Texas, as is Cara Cara. The latter has pink flesh! Oranges ripen in December in Texas.

Hamlin Round Orange – This is not a navel, but a standard round orange. They are not seedless but are delicious nontheless! If you can find it, ‘Louisiana Sweet’ is one of the very best quality oranges I have ever tasted and is a Hamlin type.

Rio Red Grapefruit – The variety of citrus that made the Texas valley a legend. In my opinion, this is the best and sweetest grapefruit you can grow. The trees are productive and sport some of the most fragrant blossoms of all citrus. Grapefruits ripen a little later than other citrus and are usually not at their peak until January. There are many varieties of grapefruits to choose from including Bloom Sweet, Golden, and Ruby Red.

A few other oddballs to consider include a sweet lemon called Ujukitsu, Tangelos, and a grapefruit relative called Pummelo. The Ujukitsu fruit tastes exactly like lemonade! I have had one for years and really enjoy the novelty of it.

Citrus trees are fun to grow. Planting them in a pot and moving them inside for winter will keep them happy. Just follow the care tips in this blog, and you will be rewarded with a great harvest of citrus year after year! Until next time, happy gardening!


Trees For Sale

Citrus and Other Fruit Trees For Sale

You can plant these trees any time of the year since they are not bare rooted.

Some trees for sale have fruit on them other trees for sale are rare and are difficult to find. Trees are for sale any time I am home. Contact me before coming.

Sorry, no Mail Orders or shipping of trees except (see note at bottom of webpage). Read the Texas Citrus Laws
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MANDARINS (TANGERINES and TANGELOS):
Seedless Kishu 3 gal $45 sold out more maybe next fall
Page 3 gal $42 sold out
Seedless Pixie 3 gal $45 sold out
Ponkan 4 gal $39 sold out
Clementine 4 gal $39 sold out

SATSUMAS (They are almost seedless):
Brown Select 3 gal $39 sold out
Frost Owari 3 gal $39 sold out
Miho 3 gal $39 sold out

ORANGES:
Moro Blood 4 gal $42 sold out
Taracco Blood 3 gal $42 sold out
Sanguinelli Blood 3 gal $42 sold out
Red Navel 3 gal $42 sold out
Rhode Red Valencia 3 gal $42 sold out
N-33 Navel orange 3 gal $39 sold out
Republic of Texas 3 gal $42 sold out
Calamondin 4 gal $39
Pineapple orange sold out
Washington Navel 4 gal $42 sold out

LIMES:
Persian 3 gal $42
Palestinian Sweet Lime 3 gal $42
Thornless Key lime 3 gal $42
Kaffir lime 3 gal $39 sold out

GRAPEFRUITS:
Cocktail 3 gal $42 sold out
Red Grapefruit 3 gal $39 sold out
Bloomsweet 3 gal $39 sold out

PUMMELOS:
Chandler red fruited pummelo 3 gal $39 sold out
Red Valentine (pummelo x blood orange) 3 gal sold out
Hirado Buntan 3 gal $42 sold out
Sarawak white fruited 4 gal $42 sold out

KUMQUATS AND KUMQUAT HYBRIDS:
Changshou on Trifoliata 3 gal $42 sold out
Meiwa 3 gal $39 sold out

LEMONS AND CITRONS:
Seedless Lisbon 3 gal $42 sold out
Ujukitsu sweet lemon 3 gal $45 sold out
Improved Meyer lemon 3 gal $39
New Zealand Lemonade 3 gal $42 sold out
Buddha Hand citron 3 gal $45 sold out
Varigated Pink Eureka Lemon makes stripped pink inside lemons 3 gal $39 sold out
Yuzu lemon 3 gal $49 VERY COLD HARDY sold out more maybe next fall
Frost Eureka Lemon on trifoliata 3 gal $42 sold out

LARGE CITRUS TREES ALL ARE 7 GAL, $79 EACH
Improved Meyer Lemon 5.5 feet tall
Moro Blood orange 4 feet 8 inches tall one left

LOQUAT:
Genoa Loquat
Grafted Genoa fall 2021
Genoa seedling loquat 2 gal $15 sold out
Gold Nugget 3 gal $32

PERSIMMONS:
Fuyu non-astringent 4 gal $39 sold out
Saijo astrigent 3 gal $39 sold out
Hachiya astrigent sold out
Surugo non-astrigent 4 gal $39

PEACHES AND NECTARINES:
Midpride yellow peach 3 gal $29 sold out
Tropic Snow white peach 3 gal $29 sold out

MEXICAN AVOCADO
Joey 4 gal $49 one left
Brazos Belle 3 gal $49 sold out
Mexicola Grande 3 gal $49 sold out
Panzarella Mexican seedling 2 gal $15 about 2 feet tall should fruit in 3 to 4 years
Don Juan 3 gal $49 sold out

PEARS:
Tennosui Pear 3 gal $29 sold out
Acres Home pear, 3 gal $29 sold out

POMEGRANATES:
Sharp Velvet (sometimes called Purple Heart) (excellent flavor and deep red aerials) 3 gal $29 sold out
Texas Pink 3 gal $29 sold out
Kandahar 3 gal $29 sold out
Garnet Sash 3 gal $29 sold out

PURPLE PASSION VINES:
Purple Passion vines (passiflora edulis) 1.5 gal $10, pretty flowers and delicious fruit sold out more in June

PLUMS:
Scarlet Beauty 3 gal $29 sold out
Beauty 3 gal $32 sold out

OTHER TROPICAL FRUIT TREES & PLANTS:
BA-1 Fig green fig with red flesh ( FIGS ) 2 gal $15 some with small fruit sold out
Rare Eugenia Selloi Pitangutuba 1 gal $15 (This is the good tasting yellow fruited tree.) temp sold out
Lemon Guava (Pasidium Littorale) 2 gal $15 The skin is edible and the juice sacs are sweet sold out, available summer 2021
Arabica Coffee plant 2 gal $10, The red berries are edible, and make coffee from the bean. Click here to see the berries on my coffee plant. sold out
Black Jabotacaba 3 year old seedling 2 gal $19
Dwarf Mulberry 3 gal $29 sold out
Prime Ark Freedom thornless blackberry 3 gal $19 sold out
Pakistan Mulberry(black fruit) 3 gal $29 sold out
Solo Papaya 2 gal $10 feet tall will fruit next year sold out
Red throated Bromeliads $5.00
Red Fan Bromeliads $7.00

PECAN CRACKING SERVICE:
I can crack and partially clean your pecans for 50 cents per pound (weight before cracking). Partially cleaning your pecans saves a lot of work and time plus you come out with a lot of halves. This cracker is one of a very few that can crack very large Podsednik pecans and produce whole halves. It does not crack the small native pecans. Contact me to set up a date.

*A couple times a year I travel to New Caney, Austin, and Plano, Texas and can bring a tree there and meet you. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for dates on this option. But if at all possible, come to my house so that you can pick out your tree and get the exact one you want. Note: Because of the quarantine laws, I can not bring citrus trees to Austin or Plano, Texas. Other trees are okay, and I can bring citrus to New Caney, Texas.

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Persian Sweet Lemon Tree Information and Care

Our Persian Sweet Lemon tree is grown in Standard, Semi-Dwarf, and Dwarf forms. This Semi-Dwarf and Standard citrus tree has a single trunk and branches out to form a canopy. Dwarf citrus are topped low, and as a result they grow as a bush. These are great for pots! Although a citrus tree can grow over 20 feet tall, most prune to keep them short. Therefore, many people grow sweet lemon trees 9 – 15 feet tall. When it comes to spacing, plant citrus trees as close as 9 feet apart. Provide more space to allow for larger growth. A great choice for the home garden, its small size will serve as a beautiful ornamental, as well as provide many fruit.

How To Plant, Water, and Fertilize A Sweet Lemon Citrus Tree

Plant a Persian Sweet Lemon tree in the full sun. It amends with high quality planting mix and fertilizer in soil that drains well. Water a newly planted tree twice per week during the Spring through Summer. Water once per week in the Fall and Winter while the weather is cool. Consequently, trees in hot climates or sandy soils may need water more frequently.

Spring is the most important time to fertilize a citrus tree. Use a citrus food fertilizer with a 2-1-1 NPK ratio in the Spring through Summer. To promote growth, there is twice as much nitrogen to phosphorus and potassium. Blood meal and manure are great organic sources of nitrogen. Use a fertilizer with more phosphorus and potassium like humus or bone meal during the Winter to promote flowers and fruit.

This tree has very few pests and problems. They are less attractive to birds and animals like squirrels.

The sweet lemon tree does very well in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego Counties.

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Mature Size

Citrus trees are generally pruned to be about 10-20 feet tall. Plant your citrus trees about 10 feet apart. Provide more space to allow your citrus tree to grow larger. Commercially citrus trees are often planted 15 feet apart with 20 feet rows for machinery.

A Standard form citrus tree has a single trunk and a canopy that generally starts a few feet from the ground, eventually where people can walk or sit under. Dwarf citrus trees are genetically identical to Standard citrus trees. The tips are simply trimmed when the tree is very young so that the plant grows rounder like a large bush. Dwarf citrus trees are easier to harvest due to the lower canopy, but you can never sit under occupies a wider area at ground level. You would always be next to a Dwarf citrus tree, and would not go under. Dwarf citrus trees are great for containers and to keep a shorter tree to prevent blocking a view.

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Planting Information

Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.

Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.

Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.


Yen Ben lemons (Citrus × limon ‘Yen Ben’) are an Australian variety of lemon that looks similar to Lisbon lemons.

One of the reasons why Yen Ben lemons are so popular in the Southern Hemisphere is because of their good quality. Their thin light-yellow rind means that there is more flesh than Eureka or Lisbon varieties. Also, the lemon fruit has a high juice yield with very few seeds in it.

Unlike rough lemons or pitted Eureka lemons, the skin of Yen Ben lemons is very smooth, almost similar to Meyer varieties.


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