Ready for a bit of juicy gossip about gardening in Florida? If the area you live in doesn’t experience freezing temperatures, you can grow your own citrus fruits! Growing oranges, lemons, limes, etc. is one of the great joys of living in this state, but it helps to know about all of the different factors that play into the success of your harvest. Climatic situations, site selection, and regular care all play into how well your citrus tree does.
For starters, let’s break down of the different options of citrus trees that you can plant, and what each one requires for success…
A staple of Floridian culture, oranges are one of the most popular trees in Florida – and for a good reason! While some kinds of citrus require several trees to be planted for cross-pollination, Hamlin & Navel Oranges can be planted on their own. Navel oranges are also the most popular variety because of their flavorful juice!
Lemons & Limes
Both members of the acid citrus group, lemons and limes are best suited for warmer locations. They are very cold-sensitive, which is why some people choose to grow trees in containers; if the temperature decides to drop, it’s easy enough to pull your lemon or lime tree indoors.
The grapefruit tree is another great option for citrus trees that will stand alone. This tree is often heavy yielding, meaning more delicious grapefruits for you to enjoy! If you only have space for one tree in your yard, it’d be economical for you to choose grapefruit!
A cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit, tangelos are a great option for those that may experience cold temperature throughout the year. This hardy citrus tree can grow to be rather large, so make sure that there’s plenty of space for it to grow. They often require the help of a few nearby citrus trees to ensure pollination and high fruit harvest, so this may not be a great option for those that are only looking to plant one tree.
Of course, this process all begins with a trip to your local, trusted plant nursery! Come on down to Trad’s Garden Center to learn more about which citrus tree would work best for you. We can answer your questions, provide you with advice, and help you get on your way to growing your own citrus tree!