2019 Citrus Tree Sale List

CITRUS

There are 4 major groups of citrus: grapefruit, lemon, lime and oranges. Oranges are subdivided into sweet oranges (Citrus sinensis) and the grouping of mandarins/satsumas/tangerines (C. reticulata). Over the past years, there have been hundreds of cultivars developed that gardeners can choose from. All citrus require full sun. Some citrus tree seeds can grow true to parent, producing the same fruit you currently enjoy, you will, however, wait 6-7 years to eat your first fruit. Individuals are recommended to get a grafted tree and start enjoying fruit the next year after planting. Citrus fruit begins to mature in October. On average, one can pick and eat fruits into February each year. One concern for home gardeners is the survival of trees after "hard freezes" lasting at least 3 continuous days.

CITRUS--ORANGE

Sweet orange cultivars can be categorized into four distinct groups: round oranges, navel oranges, blood oranges and acid-less oranges (small group). Red pigmentation varies with climate and can be intense when blood oranges are grown in regions with large diurnal fluctuations in temperature.

CITRUS--SATSUMA

Mandarin is a group name for a class of oranges with a thin, loose peel; dubbed "zip skin" oranges. The name "tangerine" could be applied as an alternate name to the whole group but in the trade it is usually confined to the types with red/orange skin. Satsuma and tangerines tend to "plug" when pulled from the tree; a piece of the peel tears loose from the fruit and remains attached to the stem. One should use a pair of clippers when harvesting any of the satsumas, mandarins or tangerines.

AVOCADO

Avocados need special care for their first year. Mature Mexican avocado trees can withstand cold temperatures down to 20 Deg F. Recommended to purchase a grafted tree with the cultivar of your choice.