My New Citrus Plant

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Guys, major #plantladystatus over here! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I recently added a citrus tree to my collection. I got so many questions about it that I figured I would do a quick post on here!

I had long wanted a citrus tree, but I wasn’t sure if it would thrive in my space (one plant store I went to explained that I needed sunlight to come in from a certain direction, so I held off on purchasing, partly because that tree was more expensive and I didn’t want to bring it home just to accidentally kill it!).

I then was at my local hardware store last month (ACE Hardware in Logan Circle, if you’re curious) doing my usual plant section window shopping, when I saw another customer asking about a citrus tree that had recently been set out. It looked like it was growing oranges or lemons (the brand is called “The Other Orange,” but Googling this hasn’t given me a final answer as to what exactly is blooming), and I thought it was the coolest thing–particularly for just $40. Unfortunately, the other customer ended up buying the plant (there were a few others on the floor, but they weren’t starting to bloom yet, so I decided to hold off in fear of bringing home a “faulty” tree).

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Of course, I’d been lusting over these trees ever since and even called several other ACE Hardwares in the area, but many didn’t have any for sale. I then stopped in on a whim (the night before my TV appearance, actually!) and lo and behold, there was a gorgeous, blooming lime (I think!) tree for sale, so I had to bring it home with me.

For only $6, a hardware store employee will pot the plant for you (I did have to purchase a pot, but I found a relatively inexpensive one hidden among pricier options), and the person helping me did an excellent job! He helped me decide how high up I wanted the plant to be positioned in the pot, and then added fertilizer, moss (to help with water irrigation), and a stake (the tree was a little off-center). This extra expense was so worth it–the plant not only looks amazing in the pot but also will be much more likely to thrive thanks to all of this care!

I’ll keep you posted on how this guy survives in the coming months. I positioned it right near a window as the employee suggested, and I love looking over and catching a glimpse of the flowers and fruit!

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