What's the Right Grow Light for Citrus Trees?
Placing your citrus trees where they will receive enough light ensures healthy growth. Read on to learn the ideal grow light for citrus trees in your home.
Full sunlight and warmth may be two of the most important variables in growing your own citrus.
Just an FYI - oranges and especially grapefruit need much more heat units to develop good fruit. For great indoor growing with a grow light, focus on specialty varieties, and lemons, limes, mandarins, kumquats and calamondins!
If you live anywhere north of the southernmost US, you won't have enough sunlight - even in the summer. A window will NOT give you sufficient light to grow citrus, remember this is a tropical tree!
That doesn't mean you have to abandon your tarty treats. You can still grow your citrus indoors with proper lighting and environmental control.
Our Grow Light Recommendation
We love SANSI 24W LED grow lights. They have a clean white light because they are full spectrum. They have all the right mix of light spectrum for growth, leaf flush, flower blossoming, and fruit set. 24 watts is a good amount of power for indoor lighting. We recommend placing the grow light anywhere from 6 to 18 inches away from your tree.
Your tree needs 12-16 hours of light a day. You can be very flexible with your light. You can keep it on for many days straight. However, all citrus trees need some dark time.
You can easily use one grow light for 1-3 trees. An easy way is to use one light on a tree for 24 hours at a time.
All grow lights get hot. We prefer SANSI because they use ceramic sinks to dissipate the heat. We have found the majority of grow lights on Amazon to have disturbing safety profiles. Use standard safety precautions, don't let babies and pets stare directly into the light or touch the heat from the grow light!