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While temperature and sunlight are certainly vital, many first-time gardeners forget about drainage, another important consideration when deciding if a citrus should be potted or planted. What kind of soil do you have in your backyard? If your backyard has a heavy clay content, you may want to test its drainage capabilities by pouring a good amount of water into the hole for your tree. If there's still some water left the next day, you should consider digging the hole deeper, mixing organic amendments into the soil, and planting the tree higher to keep water from pooling around the base.
After planting, water your citrus tree at least once a week until it has established roots. After this, water potted plants only when the top two inches are slightly dry — but make sure to water extremely thoroughly (with water filling the saucer at the bottom of the pot) when you do.
A potted dwarf citrus tree is a great alternative if you know you don't have the correct space, drainage, temperature, or sunlight exposure for a regular sized citrus. Like the Dwarf Redblush grapefruit, most of these trees are smaller in plant size, but produce normal-sized fruit.