In December, I got a potted Bearss lime, an olive, and a naval orange from a greenhouse in Eagle River, Alaska.
All winter and spring, I kept them indoors under a grow lamp. Toward the end of May, when I started hardening off my vegetable starts, I hardened off the potted trees to live outside, too.
They’ve been living outdoors here in Anchorage 24/7 since June and they’ve been loving our long Alaska days. Lots of new growth.
End of June, I repotted them all to bigger pots. Now, two months later, the Naval orange is blossoming like crazy and developing so much fruit it started tipping over.
My friend Rozz suggested I use a tomato cage around it for support, which was an amazing idea. There are 30-40 tiny green oranges developing on its branches, plus plenty more flowers.
The blossoms smell wonderful. It’s really loving living outdoors this summer.
I’ll need to bring it inside in a few weeks once temperatures in Anchorage start dropping, so hopefully those little oranges grow fast!