Citrus Crete IL
Crown Point, IN
Orland Park, IL
Crown Point, IN
Palos Hills, IL
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 PlantMany 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 SelectionCitrus 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 InstructionsIn 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.
CareWater 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.
HarvestingAlthough 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.
International Home + Housewares Show
Dates: 3/15/2014 – 3/18/2014
McCormick Place Chicago
2301 S Lake Shore Dr.
Annual housewares marketplace including products from the kitcheware, cook and bakeware, dinnerware, home decor, gourmet food, cleaning, home organization, kitchen/personal care/household electrics, floor and carpet care, home healthcare and pet supplies.
Dates: 2/5/2014 – 2/7/2014
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel Schaumburg
1551 N. Thoreau Drive
The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) and Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) are proud to unveil the inaugural iLandscape Show, February 5-7, 2014. The show will be hosted at The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel, located in Schaumburg, IL.Visit over 300 booths to see the latest trends in plants, green industry products, hardscapes and equipment.Not one, not two, but three expert Keynote speakers will kick off Wednesday and Thursday of the show. Enjoy exhilarating presentations from famed Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter, world renowned plant guru Dr. Allan Armitage and the creator and founder of HardScape Magazine, Charles Vander Kooi.iLandscape gathers the best minds in the green industry as part of its educational program. The event features over 20 unique education sessions. Spanish-language education sessions will be available as well.Wrap up the exciting week with Demonstration Friday! Exhibitors will be demonstrating their products and equipment.
The Northwest Home Improvement & Remodeling Expo
Dates: 1/25/2014 – 1/26/2014
Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center Hoffman Estates
5050 Sedge Blvd.
The Northwest Suburb�s Home Improvement & Remodeling Expo is on a roll. Now with many years of amazing home expos... now going for a record money saving event. The most successful Northwest Suburb's Home Expo is gearing up with new ideas, products and services for this January. This is the perfect time to bring your renovation ideas and family to this fun filled event. It's where homeowners and friendly contractors can discuss projects face-to-face, making dreams become reality.