I’m enjoying bringing in the last of 2015’s citrus harvest while seeing the many blooms that will bring new citrus for this year.
The calamondins are long gone but there are still plenty of blood oranges.
They never become fully red in my climate like the blood oranges you may have seen in photos, but they do have some beautiful streaks of deep red through their centers. I have considered grafting them here and there onto some of my other citrus just for fun but never got around to it.
The other day the very last Ponderosa lemon on the tree by my south wall fell to the ground, fully ripe. Rachel took it and a few Myer lemons and made some amazing, fresh homemade lemonade for the children.
And even as that last fruit has come in… the blooms are vying for the chance to replace it many times over.
Though I don’t recommend planting citrus anymore thanks to the diseases, it’s really hard to keep my own advice.
I did write a sad song about greening, though. So there’s that.
The last citrus I planted was the Pineapple orange I mentioned in my post on fighting greening with a citrus tree guild.
If you’re interested in getting rapid production from your citrus trees, you might also appreciate my post on fertilizing citrus the way the commercial farmers do it.
That got my trees kicking this last year; however, I’m not sure how sustainable their long-term health will be if I did that year after year. I mix in compost and other good organic matter for them, too, so it’s not quite like the groves where you have a big patch of sand and the only food given to the trees is chemical fertilizer.
Generally I’m an organic gardener… yet the power of 10-10-10 is amazing.