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Citrus Ocala FL

Most people in Ocala 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.

B & B Nursery & Garden Shop
(352) 694-4939
529 NE 36th Ave
Ocala, FL

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Lukas Nursery & Garden Shop
(407) 365-6163
1909 Slavia Road
Oviedo, FL
 
Southern Gardens Nursery
(561) 793-0733
7777 Southern Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL

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J Guerne Landscaping
(772) 398-1328
1498 SE Vesthaven Cir
Port Saint Lucie, FL
 
The Plant Place
(904) 738-7126
5611 Fort Caroline Rd
Jacksonville, FL
 
Land and Garden Design
(352) 288-3535
11252 SE 156th Ave
Ocklawaha, FL

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Ace Hardware Garden Center Florist Turner
(904) 221-6512
5827 Arlington Rd
Jacksonville, FL
 
Pacifico Plant Service
(239) 458-3823
1502 NE 9th St
Cape Coral, FL
 
Baker Landscape & Irrigation
(850) 553-4444
2528 Limerick Dr
Tallahassee, FL
 
De Bary Nursery
(386) 668-4466
61 Us Highway 17-92
Debary, FL

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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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