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Citrus Cape Coral FL

Most people in Cape Coral don't realize just how large the citrus family is. What you see in the supermarket is only a small portion of what can be grown. Pummelos, blood oranges, limequats, and myriad mandarin varieties offer exciting new taste experiences and landscape possibilities.

Forestry Resources Landscape Supply
(239) 574-2007
190 Nicholas Pkwy NW
Cape Coral, FL
 
Roys Landscape Maintenance
(239) 574-2739
1116 SE 5th Ave
Cape Coral, FL
 
Sumner & Sons Landscaping
(239) 472-4216
1837 SW 50th Ter
Cape Coral, FL
 
Sheppard Landscape
(239) 540-4266
1630 SW 51st Ter
Cape Coral, FL
 
Horsemans Landscape
(239) 458-2150
1720 NE 6th Pl
Cape Coral, FL
 
Danny Yates Landscape Nursery
(239) 772-1595
425 SW Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, FL
 
John Deere Landscapes
(239) 574-4500
909 SE 14th Ave
Cape Coral, FL
 
Village Landscape
(239) 542-8318
828 SE 43rd St
Cape Coral, FL
 
Kgi Landscaping Co
(239) 542-6690
1710 SW 45th St
Cape Coral, FL
 
Cape Coral City Nursery
(239) 549-4606
3106 SW 20th Ave
Cape Coral, FL
 

Citrus

Most people don't realize just how large the citrus family is. What you see in the supermarket is only a small portion of what can be grown. Pummelos, blood oranges, limequats, and myriad mandarin varieties offer exciting new taste experiences and landscape possibilities.

About This Plant

Many types of citrus trees adapt to container growing, meaning northern growers can also enjoy freshly harvested fruit. Containers can be moved outdoors in spring, then back inside in fall when temperatures drop into the 40s. Indoors, the plants should be kept in a heated greenhouse or sunny window.

Standard-size orange and grapefruit trees grow 18 to 22 feet tall; dwarf varieties grow 8 to 12 feet tall. Most citrus trees begin to bear at three to six years. Pollination is generally accomplished by insects and sometimes by the wind. Indoor gardeners can hand-pollinate. Most citrus varieties are self-fertile so you need only one tree.

Site Selection

Citrus will grow in most soils that are moist but well drained. Avoid salty soils. Choose a site protected from wind, with maximum sun exposure.

Planting Instructions

In the citrus belt, trees can be planted any time of year. Spring is the best time to plant container-grown trees from a nursery. Set standard-size trees 12 to 25 feet apart, set dwarfs 6 to 10 feet apart. (Distance will depend on type and variety.) Set standard-size oranges 20 feet apart, standard-size grapefruit 25 feet apart. Limes and lemons require less space. Plant the trees no deeper than they grew in the nursery container.

Care

Water the entire root area deeply about once a week. Prune any time of the year. When the trees are young, prune overly vigorous growth. Prune mature trees to remove dead, broken, and diseased branches. Give mature trees 1 to 1-1/2 pounds of nitrogen a year. Apply in four portions throughout the year, or just once six to eight weeks before bloom. Citrus trees are susceptible to a number of different disease and insect pests, depending on region. Contact your cooperative extension office for information on managing pests in your area.

Harvesting

Although some varieties ripen their fruit all at once, many others ripen fruit over a period of several months (fall through winter). Taste is the best indicator of ripeness. Clip off ripe fruit with pruning shears.

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