We all love citrus. In fact, David tells us that orangeries were one of the first inspirations for European greenhouses. Orange trees were grown in pots and kept indoors in the winter. In the spring, they were rolled out to meet the warm temperatures.
Gonzales County is just outside the range of most citrus trees so unless you are planting a cold hardy tree, you will need to keep your citrus in a pot and keep it indoors during the winter. There are, however, a few varieties that have been proven to be cold hardy enough to produce here. Having said that, we know of no citrus trees that we can say with confidence will survive temperatures in the mid to low 20’s. Individual trees may make it, but we can’t say with any confidence that in general citrus trees will. So saying a citrus tree is cold hardy in a place like Gonzales means that it will survive most winters but maybe not all.
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