When to pick oranges and tangerines

When to pick oranges and tangerines

A friend asked me how to know when to pick the tangerines from his tree. My first thought was, it’s obvious, you pick them when they taste good. But then I remembered that for some people gardening is full of rights and wrongs; he was afraid there was a correct...
When and how to prune citrus trees

When and how to prune citrus trees

My impression is that most of us think that, as a general rule, all fruit trees need to be pruned. It’s simply not true, especially regarding citrus. In contrast to this mistaken notion I’d say that, as a general rule, citrus should not be pruned. I can...
Orange blossom or lemon blossom?

Orange blossom or lemon blossom?

Can you tell? Hint: the purple blush on the back sides of the petals gives it away. See the comments section for the answer. ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new...
Beware of rootstock suckers on citrus

Beware of rootstock suckers on citrus

This young Cara Cara navel orange tree looks fine, right? That’s what I thought until I crouched down and noticed this little devil: That branch growing from the base of the trunk — that’s the little devil. It’s not a branch of Cara Cara navel...

Valencia orange in full bloom

Here in mid-March, our large Valencia orange tree is in peak bloom, and when you walk near it you hear a hurricane of bees feasting on the flowers. I put a swing on one of its big branches. When I put Cass in the swing and stand under — or more like within, it...
Don’t spray for citrus leafminers

Don’t spray for citrus leafminers

About a month ago a neighbor noted how poor my lime tree looked. She said her lemon tree didn’t have those “curly leaves” because she sprays it. A couple days later she brought over a blue bottle of the stuff she uses to spray: Bayer Advanced —...

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