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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.
Fort Lauderdale (Fall) Home Design And Remodeling Show ( Home Show )
Dates: 10/17/2014 – 10/19/2014
Broward County Convention Center Fort Lauderale
1950 Eisenhower Blvd. 2nd Fl.
The Home Design and Remodeling Shows are the longest running, most successful home shows in Florida.Each home show in the series showcases an international collection of home improvements for indoors and outdoors, new trends in interior design and an array of products and services for home updates, renovations and remodeling.Industry experts from around the globe demonstrate products and services onsite, offering tips to save money on all home improvement projects. Ideas for every room in the house are on display, in addition to outdoor improvements for landscaping, gardens and pool or patio areas. Consumers experience the products in person and talk with the businesses on the show floor. Participating exhibitors gain one-on-one interaction with interested consumers, creating a unique marketplace specially designed for South Florida's diverse community.Special home show pricing is offered to add to the savings. The Home Design and Remodeling Show is the only marketplace where homeowners can see the latest design trends, home improvement ideas, unique new products and interact with industry professionals �all in one convenient location!