I got some dwarf citrus trees the other day. Why? I will tell you in a minute. But first let me go over what a dwarf tree actually all about.
Dwarf trees are really the best of both worlds. You get a much smaller tree, that fruits much faster, but produces the same size fruit. Typically a standard tree with get 18-25 feet tall/wide. They also do not typically produce fruit in seven to 10 years. In a dwarf tree you can get fruit as soon as 3-5 yrs, sooner if you buy an older tree (like I did). Dwarf also only reach a height of 8-10 feet, so you can get to everything. Dwarf trees really do well in containers. there is one major downside to this, is the fact that dwarf trees do not have nearly as long of a lifespan as a standard tree. But for my purposes, they fit my current lifestyle quite well.
Now, back to the question “why do I have dwarf citrus trees?” Well, I didn’t want huge trees to take up what little space I have. In my backyard I have two HUGE live oaks that stretch over our yard. So finding a sunny spot is not ideal, and I don’t want to use all my sunny spots for the citrus trees and not my garden. I didn’t want to put them in the front, because I am afraid all my fruit will be stolen! And the major deciding factor for getting dwarf trees is the fact is we want to move to a larger property in the next few years. I don’t want to put those trees into the ground, nuture them and then leave them.
My intent is to plant them at our final homestead site and let them grow there. But I didn’t want to wait 3-4 years to get fruit trees. So I thought that this would be a great compromise. I still will have to figure our how to fertilize and make sure they are healthy in their current situation. What are your thoughts on dwarf trees?