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A Brief Guide to Mandarins and Their Hybrids
A Brief Guide to Mandarins and Their Hybrids
Though Mandarin trees are a much less common sight in  California than the common sweet orange tree, they are enjoyed and planted by many for their unique fruit. As a group, mandarin orange trees are one of the most diverse types of citrus. Many types of Mandarins have a loose, easy to peel skin, with […]
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Grapefruit Trees: Making Good Choices For the Home Garden
Grapefruit Trees: Making Good Choices For the Home Garden
It is easy to love grapefruit: grapefruit trees make beautiful specimens for the home garden, with glossy, dark green leaves and colorful fruits that hang for an extended period of time. And grapefruits are a delicious and highly nutritious fruit. Larger than other citrus fruits, grapefruits may have yellow, pink, or reddish flesh. But there […]
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GardenZeus Quick Tips: How to Harvest Tangerines
GardenZeus Quick Tips: How to Harvest Tangerines
Learn how to harvest tangerines: avoid leaving behind valuable fruit through proper harvesting techniques and good cultural practices. Tangerines can be harvested by using hand pruners and cutting the stem close to where it meets the fruit. Compared to other types of citrus fruits, tangerines require more caution when harvesting. Their loose skin makes it […]
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Getting Started with Lime Trees in Mediterranean Climates
Getting Started with Lime Trees in Mediterranean Climates
In Mediterranean climates such as California, lime trees are less commonly grown than other types of citrus. The regions in which limes can be successfully grown are fairly limited, as they are quite sensitive to cold temperatures. Limes are small trees in the Citrus genus and the family Rutaceae, with many of its numerous plant […]
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GardenZeus Quick Tips: Protecting Citrus Trees From Trunk Injuries
GardenZeus Quick Tips: Protecting Citrus Trees From Trunk Injuries
Regardless of species and variety, trunks of citrus trees are sensitive to sunburn and subject to injuries from mowers, weed-whackers and other gardening tools. Proper prevention can protect your citrus trees and extend their life span. Citrus bark and cambium are sensitive to sunburn, and sun protection for trunks and branches may be necessary during […]
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Getting Started with Kumquat Trees
Getting Started with Kumquat Trees
Many regions in California, particularly in Southern California, are ideal for growing kumquats.  Kumquat trees are adapted to grow actively during hot summers, and are not damaged by cold winter temperatures. One healthy, productive kumquat tree is adequate for a family, and may produce hundreds or thousands of fruits during a year. To get started, […]
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Orange Trees: Should They Have Companion Plants?
Orange Trees: Should They Have Companion Plants?
GardenZeus recommends against planting under orange trees for the following reasons: 1) healthy trees have a dense, evergreen canopy that blocks sunlight for any lower growing plants; 2) gardeners need access to trees for harvest and pruning; and 3) established citrus plants thrive in dry upper soil conditions. GardenZeus also recommends against using mulch, with […]
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GardenZeus Quick Tips: Harvesting Lemons
GardenZeus Quick Tips: Harvesting Lemons
Gardeners in mild winter areas of California have much to enjoy in December: holidays with family and friends, refreshing stretches of rain (at least in most years) and the beginning of the lemon harvest. The majority of lemon varieties mature from winter through summer. Meyer lemons are generally harvested from November to March. Harvest lemons […]
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Getting Started With Citrus: Purchasing and Placing Your Citrus Trees
Getting Started With Citrus: Purchasing and Placing Your Citrus Trees
by C. Darren Butler with Ann Clary   While the hot summers in Inland Southern California and other similar inland Mediterranean areas can be unpleasant and may make gardening and landscaping difficult, they also ideal areas for growing sweet citrus. Learning how to purchase and place citrus trees are important for the long-term health and […]
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