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Cold-Hardy Citrus

COLD HARDY CITRUS






Citrus is one of the most favorite fruit trees to grow, and new cold-hardy varieties can be grown as far north as central Georgia, and along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Charleston to Houston. Citrus can also be grown easily in containers, so can be a great patio plant and brought indoors during cold days, or kept in a sun-room for the winter. The fragrance of citrus blossoms is one of the most wonderful perfumes imaginable, and picking fresh citrus and squeezing your own juice is one of the best joys in all of growing fruit!


Introduced to the New World by Christopher Columbus, there is a tremendous diversity in types of citrus. Citrus hybridizes readily and some of the very best types are hybrids. 

Some of the basic types are:

- Mandarins and tangerines - very hardy trees, originally from Asia, with segmented fruit with a wonderful tangy sweetness and skin that is easily peeled. 

- Oranges - medium sized trees that are excellent for juice like Valencia, or the very hardy Blood Oranges with their sweet red flesh and juice, or fresh eating fruit like Navel oranges. 

- Grapefruits and Pummelos - very hardy large trees, large thick skinned fruit, great for juice and fresh eating

- Lemons and Limes - small trees that are attractive ornamentals; some are very hardy such as Meyer Lemons, and will take temperatures in the low 20s or even colder! 

- Kumquats and hybrids - small very hardy trees, with small fruit that ripen year-round. Kumquats sweet-flavored skin is used in making marmelade, and Limequats, a unique hybrid, are dwarf trees that can be grown in a small space, and will withstand temperatures in the teens!

Nothing is easier to grow than citrus. Besides a good fertilization and watering program, they require little pruning, and have few pest problems. They continue to grow as long as temperature is warm. Planting in a warmer microclimate (link) is the key to success, such as the south face of a house, on hillsides, near lakes or under overhead shade (such as under an oak canopy).

Height: 10-20' (depending on type)

Tree Form: Bush

Pollination: Self-pollinating
Bears: All year (depending on type)
Light requirements: Full sun, partial shade for cold protection
Soil type: Well-drained pH 5.5-7.0
Pruning: Light annual pruning may be necessary to produce the best fruit. See pruning section under "how to plant and grow"
Maintenance: Easy
Hardiness Zone: 8-10

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CITRUS IS AVAILABLE ONLY BY PICKUP AT THE FARM.  PLEASE CALL 1-800-669-2067 FOR CURRENT AVAILABILITY


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Blood Orange
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Price: $39.95


Item #: Blood Orange - The flesh of the Blood Orange turns from orange in fall to a deep rich ruby red with exposure to increasing cold.  It is excellent for juice and its unique color makes it great for salads and...
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    Cara Cara Navel Orange
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    Price: $39.95


    Item #: Cara Cara Navel Orange - Large, very sweet, seedless orange with the characteristic 'navel' at one end and red flesh.  Excellent juice or fresh eating orange, one of the most popular.  Ripens Nov-Apr. Cara Cara is...
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      Owari Satsuma Mandarin
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      Price: $39.95


      Item #: Owari Satsuma Mandarin - Owari Satsuma is one of the very best, very hardy and very sweet mandarins.  Its large fruit is mostly seedless, with a very loose skin that is very easy to peel.  It is originally from...
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        Persian Lime
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        Price: $39.95


        Item #: Persian Lime - This is the classic green lime found in stores.  Home grown limes in the South are richer, juicier and more flavorful than the store-bought fruit.  They will flower, produce fruit and...
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          Ponkan Tangerine
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          Price: $39.95


          Item #: Ponkan Tangerine - Often known as 'Honey Mandarin', Ponkan is very cold hardy, large sized tangerine, very sweet, excellent for fresh eating or juice.  Zipper skin.  Fruit is ripe Dec-Mar. Zones...
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            Pummelo
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            Price: $39.95


            Item #: Pummelo - Pummelos are the ancestors of grapefruit, and native to and very popular in Asia.  They are huge (2-4 lbs per fruit!) and have tasty sweet, aromatic flavor.  Cold hardy to 20F. ...
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              Rio Red Grapefruit
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              Price: $39.95


              Item #: Rio Red Grapefruit - Rio Red is a medium sized grapefruit with intense red flesh, originally developed in Texas.  Excellent flavor for fresh eating or juice.  Large tree, cold hardy. Ripens Nov-Apr. ...
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