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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)
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: Bush 
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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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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    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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      Centennial Kumquat
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      Item #: Centennial Kumquat - Centennial has unique ornamental characteristics with variegated, green and white leaves and fruit until ripe.  When ripe, the fruit turns orange. Good for marmalade. It is hardy, and...
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        Clementine Mandarin
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        Price: $39.95


        Item #: Clementine Mandarin - Clementine is an older variety, first grown in Algeria by Father Clement Rodier.  It was introduced into Florida in 1909. It is mandarin x sour orange hybrid and has a unique apricot...
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          Honey Murcott Tangerine
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          Item #: Honey Murcott Tangerine - Honey Murcott is an excellent, very hardy mandarin with a rich, sweet flavor - makes excellent juice.  Ripens Dec-Mar.  Zones 8-10.Available in 5 Gallon Pots.ALL CITRUS ARE AVAILABLE ONLY...
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            Key Lime
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            Item #: Key Lime - This is the classic Key Lime used in pies.  Also called West Indian or Mexican lime, it was introduced to the Americas by Spanish explorers from Asia.  It is dwarf, has small...
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              Marsh Seedless Grapefuit
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              Item #: Marsh Seedless Grapefuit - A large, seedless white fleshed grapefruit.  Excellent for juice or fresh eating.  One of the most widely planted grapefruits in Florida.  Large tree, to 20' tall.  Cold hardy....
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                Meiwa Kumquat
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                Price: $39.95


                Item #: Meiwa Kumquat - Meiwa has a round fruit about 1.25" in diameter, and the entire fruit, skin and all, is sweet to eat and not bitter.  Excellent variety, very cold hardy, dwarf tree to 8'.  Great as a...
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                  Meyer Lemon
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                  Item #: Meyer Lemon - A large very cold hardy lemon, will take temperatures into the low teens!  Excellent for juice, marinades, liquers, pies.  Dwarf tree, fruit ripens all year in warmer locations. Zones...
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                    Ngami Kumquat
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                    Item #: Ngami Kumquat - Originally from Japan, kumquats are a great patio fruit and attractive ornamental.  Ngami has elongated fruit about 1.75" long x 1" in diameter, with a sweet peel (makes excellent marmalade)...
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