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Potting an Indoor Tree in 3 Easy Steps

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As a New Yorker, I’m thoroughly enjoying being outdoors thanks to warmer weather and bright sunlight at this time of year, so much so that I wanted to bring a bit of that beauty indoors. Ready to glam up your plant game? Keep reading for a simple breakdown of how to grow an indoor tree in your favorite pot or urn.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

A decorative urn
A potted citrus tree (pictured above, a calamondin tree in a terracotta pot)
Small pebbles (enough to cover the bottom of the decorative pot)
Preserved moss
A plant mister


Step 1: Pot

Find a vessel one to two inches larger than the pot your tree came in. I chose to use a blue-and-white ceramic urn because I love the fresh color combination with the green and orange of the tree. Put a one-inch layer of pebbles on the bottom of the urn to provide room for drainage, then place the pot on top. Once the pot is where you want it, add a layer of moss over the top of the soil and tuck it over the top of your inner pot. Just be sure to keep it away from the stem of the tree, which really doesn’t like moss.

Step 2: Water

When it comes to water and citrus trees, humidity is the name of the game. Misting your tree regularly will ensure a happy plant and help replicate that tropical climate these trees need. Water your tree every 7-10 days and let a little water collect in the bottom of your vessel. Citrus plants LOVE the humidity this creates.

Tip: These trees don’t like “wet feet,” so make sure that the water level is below the top of the rocks.

Step 3: Light

Citrus trees prefer western or southern exposure with six to eight hours of direct light. Once summer rolls around, you can bring your tree outside. Just be sure to introduce outdoor conditions gradually so that the plant can acclimate to full-on sun.

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