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Growing Vitamin C: A Guide to Planting Citrus Trees
Growing Vitamin C: A Guide to Planting Citrus Trees
Citrus trees are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Most citrus trees grow well in the Mediterranean climates of coastal California. And spring, after all possibility of frost has past and before the heat of the summer, is an ideal time for planting. Planting. Proper planting of fruit trees is critical to their long-term health […]
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Citrus Trees: 5 Things to do Before Thanksgiving
Citrus Trees: 5 Things to do Before Thanksgiving
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. There is no additional cost to you. By C. Darren Butler and Ann Clary For gardeners lucky enough to have citrus trees, fall is a time of anticipation. Citrus trees may be bulging with full-sized but unripe fruit. It may seem that the fruit […]
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Citrus Propagation: GardenZeus Advanced Topic
Citrus Propagation: GardenZeus Advanced Topic
Home gardeners typically purchase citrus trees from their local garden center, but those up for a challenge can try their hand at citrus propagation. Budding is the most common grafting technique used for citrus, with the bud inserted into a T-shaped cut on the rootstock. (See picture above.) Citrus are also whip grafted and bark […]
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Maintaining Citrus Trees in the Spring: 6 Tips
Maintaining Citrus Trees in the Spring: 6 Tips
Tips for maintaining citrus trees in the spring can be difficult to simplify, as many but by no means all citrus trees produce mature fruit during the winter. For example, Washington Navel oranges typically mature in mid to late winter in much of Southern California, but Valencia oranges mature later, from spring through summer depending […]
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Planting Citrus Trees: Proper Planting and Long-Term Health
Planting Citrus Trees: Proper Planting and Long-Term Health
Spring, after all possibility of frost has past and before the heat of the summer, is an ideal time to plant citrus trees. Proper planting of fruit trees is critical to their long-term health and productivity; many issues that plague trees over years may be avoided by selecting a healthy young tree that isn’t rootbound, […]
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Harvesting Kumquats: 5 Tips
Harvesting Kumquats: 5 Tips
The majority of kumquat varieties mature from winter through spring. Kumquat hybrids may mature slightly later, and continue maturing even into early summer. Here are five tips to help you to get the most out of your harvest: Kumquats do not ripen after being picked; they must remain on the tree to develop sweetness, which […]
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Citrus Trees: 7 Common Problems
Citrus Trees: 7 Common Problems
Seven problems commonly found in citrus trees and suggested solutions include: Overwatering: Citrus may become stressed and more susceptible to pests and diseases as a result of poor drainage or standing water. Citrus and other trees have difficulty with proper nutrient uptake in wet soils. Shallow Watering, Watering with Sprinklers, and Wetting Trunks or Major […]
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Protecting Your Citrus Trees: Sunburn and Garden Tools
Protecting Your Citrus Trees: Sunburn and Garden Tools
Trunks of citrus trees suffer damage from two common culprits, one natural and one man-made: sunburn and garden tools. Learn how to protect your lemon trees from both sunburn and garden tools. Sunburn: Citrus trees are especially prone to sunburn, particularly in areas with hot, Mediterranean summers. Citrus bark and cambium are sensitive to sunburn, and sun […]
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Growing Orange Trees in Containers: Meeting the Challenges
Growing Orange Trees in Containers: Meeting the Challenges
With proper pruning and management, any variety of orange tree can be grown in a container, although trees may stay small and yields may be minimal unless trees are grown in very large pots. Use a soil mix of at least 30% sand, combined with soil and compost or well-rotted organic matter, in pots or […]
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