In this episode, Phoenix area based gardener, Angela Judd and Hilary will be discuss how to grow citrus.
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- Citrus should be planted in a sunny, wind-protected area.
- Spring is the best time to plant container-grown plants.
- If you're growing in a region when citrus can live outdoors year round, you can also plant citrus year round.
- Standard-size grapefruit and orange trees can grow 18 to 22 feet tall, whereas dwarf varieties only grow 8 to 12 feet tall. Some smaller
- Like most fruit trees, citrus trees will usually be grafted. Buy trees from your local nursery to ensure that you end up with variety that is well suited for your growing region. When planted the tree from the pot you've purchased it in, be sure you don't bury the graft.
- Citrus prefer deep, infrequent watering.
- Fertilize your citrus plants 3-4 times per year. If you're growing in a container, you might fertilize more often, but use less fertilizer with each application.
Below, left to right: Open citrus flower showing the stigma (large yellow central filament) and the stamen (smaller surrounding yellow filaments); Bees will do the pollinating when citrus fruit is grown outdoors.
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More about our Guest Expert:
Angela Judd is an avid vegetable, flower and fruit tree gardener in Mesa, Arizona. A mother of five children, she enjoys growing and preparing food from the garden for her family. She is a certified Master Gardener. She shares inspiration and tips to help home gardeners successfully grow their own garden on growinginthegarden.com.
About the Host:
Hello, I’m Hilary Dahl. Outside of this podcast, my job is to help beginning and experienced growers create beautiful and productive gardens. I have the unique experience of working in on a wide range of projects, from small backyard garden plots to multi-acre vegetable farms. I also work in my own garden every day when I get home. This podcast is an opportunity to discuss seasonal garden topics and share the the joy of growing your own food.