Getting settled in

Its been about two weeks since I got started in my new job with Nebraska Extension and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.  Now that the hubub of getting all of my “official” paperwork done is settling down, I’m starting to get to the meat and potatoes of my work.

But since I’m settling into my new office “home,” I’ll have to make sure everything is to my liking.  That means I’m going to have to replace all my plant “children” that grew at both my old office and house.

My first new additions came by way of the local grocery store Hy-Vee (which has a very nice floral department).  I picked up one of my favorite houseplants, an African Violet, and something that I haven’t tried growing before – a lime tree.

I’ve long thought about growing citrus as a houseplant, since it satisfies my desire to grow an “edible” plant, plus they are just wonderful plants.  They produce fabulously fragrant flowers (when they finally do reproduce) followed by delectable limes (one of my favorite citrus fruits).

Since I’m new to indoor citrus, I thought I’d take a look at some info for growing indoor citrus.  Turns out, according to some extension resources from University of Minnesota Extension, they aren’t too much different than your run of the mill houseplant, say a Ficus.  The only differences look like they are in fertilizer (an low-level acidic fertilizer) and perhaps some penchant for attracting insect pests.

So I’ll give my new lime tree a try.  Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have enough limes to make a batch of margaritas….though not in the office.

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