The possibility of freeze damage in winter should always be considered when growing citrus trees. A variety of factors determine how much freeze damage is done to a citrus tree when a freeze does occur.
The best time to plant a citrus tree is in late February or March. This gives trees an entire growing season to establish before their first winter in the ground. This is a real advantage.
The National Weather Service is warning, once again, that brutally cold weather is going to be spreading across much of the nation, from the upper Midwest down to the deep South and up through the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England.
The Weather Service even throws an exclamation point into its forecast for this week: