Zest for life: citrus plants to grow at home

Whether you’re after a lemon-scented houseplant or a key-lime plant with which to make pies, there’s are plenty of citrus varieties you can grow in the UK

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Citrus season is almost upon us. The arrival of the first blood oranges and bergamots is something I look forward to each winter as I hunt them down in food markets. But if you grow your own, suddenly the number of options available to you explodes, including all sorts of weird and wonderful varieties whose fruit is essentially “unbuyable” in Britain. If you are after a glossy-leaved, evergreen houseplant with pretty, scented flowers and the bonus of amazingly flavourful fruit to pique your culinary curiosity, then citrus are perfect for you.

Picking sour over sweet varieties makes sense, as modest harvests of indoor citrus will go a long way as a flavouring

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