Thursday, January 24, 2013


For a long time this image has made me happy every time I see it...

I don't know why exactly, but I think it's because those citrus trees remind me of warm, sunny, happy places. And I love the pops of color the fruit provides.

As you know, I live in a winter wonderland called Utah where no lemon or orange tree grows. I did find a post about growing citrus trees indoors from Gardenista that is very informative (although it sounds like a lot more work than I would be willing to put in for these beauties).

So I'm thinking these silk trees might be the only way I'm going to get citrus trees in my house. My only thought is what I always think with fake flowers - a little cheesy? What do you think?

If I put two of these big boys outdoors on my back patio in the summer they might not be as noticeably fake and I have to say I love the look of this silk plant in this photo. (click on the pic to find where to buy). I'm really curious - have any of you ever bought a silk fruit tree plant? Does the fruit look real or cheesy and plastic?

I think there may be some hope for me though. The Improved Meyer Lemon plant is relatively easy to grow indoors! I found this great website to buy 3-year old trees (which you would want to do since it takes up to 5 years for a citrus tree to provide fruit!).

This little plant would add just the right amount of color to my home! I just need to find a spot where it will get at least 5-6 hours (ideally 10 hours) of sunlight, and I need a humidifier for my furnace so it's not too dry indoors. I need a humidifier anyway because we have wood floors and they shrink in the winter when it gets dry and cold unless you have a humidifier!

Or maybe I'll buy a bunch of real citrus plants and build a sunroom just so I can recreate this room :) Can't you just smell the lemons? Oh man am I desperate for some sun and color in this drab and cold Utah winter...

BTW, I'm heading up to Park City tonight for a Sundance party with my hubby. Follow me on Instagram (username Marmbrown) to see if I spot any celebrities :)


  1. I adore the idea of an indoor citrus tree!!!

  2. I love this! When I was growing up we had an orange tree in our living room (I live in Ohio). My brother, who is 12 years older than me, planted the seeds of one of his oranges in a pot when he was 5 (1976), by the time I came around it was the size of the ones in those pictures. We moved to Chicago in 1993 and unfortunately it just didn't fare well after the move. That tree had so much sentimental value for us and I loved it because it was unique from the usual houseplants I saw in other peoples' homes!

  3. while it sounds good, my advice is not to get the fake tree. they look...well fake. and they look worse outside.
    try the lemon tree or just cut branches of real trees. easy for me to say i know, i live across the street from a 40 acre citrus grove. have fun in park city!

    1. Thank you for your advice - I think you're right. Wishful thinking on my part because I want some citrus trees so badly! I think I will try the indoor lemon plant and take it from there. Thanks again!

  4. Marianne! I just recently discoverd your blog and I can't get enough. I love your home! Did you know my parents own Linda's Furniture off of Highland drive? They sometimes get some awesome antiques in on their used and consigned 3rd floor and some awesome furniture. Just wanted to say hi and that I love your style. Gorgeous Family too! Melanie (Slater) Munns

  5. Citrus flower buds begin to form in early winter and develop through late winter and spring.

    Dwarf Fruit Trees & Quince Tree


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