A: There are two juicing oranges which grow best in our area and they are Hamlin and Pineapple oranges. Hamlin oranges are generally harvested from October through early January. Pineapple oranges are harvested from December through February. You… Read More
Category: Fruits & Vegetables
Q: This year, some of my navel oranges had dry areas in the fruit. What causes this and how can I prevent it?
A: It is always disappointing to cut open citrus and find the flesh is dry or pulpy. Navel oranges are not the only citrus to have this problem; any citrus can show the same signs. We do… Read More
A: I would suggest you wait until the threat of frost is over. The final date for frost may be sometime between March 15 through April 15. Of all the citrus, limes are the least cold tolerant. Limes… Read More
A: After a severe freeze that causes damage to major limbs, wait several months to prune. During the spring flush following a freeze, leaves on freeze-damaged limbs may grow but then will wilt soon after. After this wilt… Read More
Q: My patio lime tree has some fruit on it even now. I am concerned about losing this fruit if we have more cold weather. What should I do?
A: Lemons and limes are “ever producers”, which means if the conditions are right, they continue to bloom and produce fruit. You obviously have this plant in a well protected area which must receive sufficient light and… Read More
Q: I have Meyer lemon tree that needs to be moved because it now has a tree has gradually shaded it. Can it be transplanted?
Q: I have Meyer lemon tree that needs to be moved because it now has a tree has gradually shaded it. As a result, it has gradually leaned, grasping for the maximum sun it can get; it only… Read More
A: Fertilization should occur in March and go through September. No fertilizer should be applied October through February. Use 6-6-6 or 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 and sprinkle it all around the root area under the tree canopy. Apply water… Read More
A: Try Ruby Red or Pink Marsh. Pink Marsh is nearly seedless and can be harvested from December through May. Ruby Red is readily available at local garden centers and plant nurseries. Ruby Red is also nearly seedless… Read More
Q: Why isn’t my ruby red grapefruit blooming? It gets some sun in the afternoon and I have used stake fertilizers each year. I am watering it twice a week just like my lawn grass. It looks healthy, and… Read More
Q: The peeling of my grapefruit on my citrus tree is brown and it feels like sand paper. They are ripe and mature but what is wrong with them?
A: The disease is probably melanose, which is a common coastal fungal disease that primarily occurs in grapefruit but can attack any citrus. The first symptoms on leaves are small, circular, dark depressions with a yellow margin, similar… Read More