I am in NW IL. in Z5. If I get a potted citrus plant, will it actually give me fruit? I would put it outdoors when weather is mild but it would be indoors all winter.
Anyone have experience with these?
Yes, if you keep it alive and give it enough sun. Give all day, full sun, heat, and food in the growing season. Try to keep them very cool in the winter, otherwise they get bugs inside (scale usually). I leave mine in a detached sunny, chilly garage. Limes are more cold tender but even my limes do better in the chill than the house. The plant in the picture is a Persian Lime. If you need to overwinter them in a typical home, get either a kumquat or a Calamondin--much easier indoors than many varieties.
Please visit the Citrus Forum for some great advice from people all over the country who successfully bring citrus to flower and fruit.
It's not difficult, but does take some research in order to learn HOW to do it.
Yes I always gets lots of fruit....I have over 30 trees up here in the almost North Pole...
Please as Rhizo suggests, visit the Citrus Forum..:-)
Same advice as above - I'm in Z5 too (MI) and I've successfully kept a potted lime for the past 4 years. It's given me fruit the last two summers now. The citrus forum is a great place to ask questions too! :) Good luck!
PS - I've attached a pic of mine, after it just made its way back into the house for winter.