Is it a waste of time to try to grow citrus in the Ozarks? Of course not!! You will never know if you can until you try. And if you have a greenhouse you might be able to!! Some choose to keep their not so cold hardy plants and trees in pots so that they can move them indoors for part of the winter.
If you choose to keep the plants in a greenhouse over the winter, the trick is not letting the temperature drop low enough where the plants will die. Here is a list of some common tropical plants and their cold hardiness temperature.
To learn more about these fruits here are the links from Fast Growing Trees.
- Meyer Lemon – https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Meyer-Lemon-Tree.htm
- Persian Bears Lime – https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Persian-Bearss-Lime-Tree.htm
- Blood Orange – https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Moro-Blood-Orange.htm
- Hass Avocado – https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Hass-Avocado-Trees.htm
- Owari Satsuma Clementine – https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Owari-Satsuma.htm
- Glen Mango Tree – https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Glenn-Mango-Tree.htm
Here is a video from Harvest Public Media to help inspire to grow citrus and tropical fruit.