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    we are on the cooler side of our crop region.
    citrus really shouldn't grow here.
    as we've proved!! regrettably..
    a lemon tree that we thought died a couple of years ago... came to life this year... and produced lemons!!
    we had a bunch of them and finally cleaned off the tree at the end of november.
    bride is cutting up one now and adding it to tea. she's sure it has helped her get over some "cold" symptoms.

    also.. we have planted orange/satsuma/tangerine plants several times and lost them over the winter the following winter..
    we went to a nursery in so. georgia and bought a couple of different types about 2-3 years ago... we planted them where there is wind protection.
    which for us means just east of the big ole thick bushes/trees. they have done very well this year... big production...
    i think the wind protection has helped... we also used lots of wood chips around the base to help with temp control and holding moisture.

    adding new chips/mulch now, and hoping they can last the winter and that the older they get the more hardy they will become!

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    Citrus is even tricky down here....
    But then again it aint the best soil at my place. Our like, calondian(sp) ruby limes do well.
    Hey Petunia...you dropped your man pad!

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    i visit 2 different churches...
    took each a large bag of satsumas "just off the tree" the last 2 weeks.

    we've had some colds/allergies. i don't know what they are. but it at least made me feel good to think that the satsumas i was eating each day was minimizing the seriousness.

    just a few left on the counter. hmm. anybody know how to extend the "eat by" date?
    the only thing i can think of is to have just left them on the tree!

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    ref. satsumas.... we had a huge harvest from our young trees... we put the last 150 in walmart bags and placed them in the extra refrigerator... picked in mid/late dec. 20...
    we finished the last of them this week... i didn't think they would last...

    just a suggestion.... that you "getcha some!"

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    The land that winter forgot
    Doesn't look like we're getting citrus trees this year but....we bought a new motorhome, so I will buy some citrus to put in it. A few things we'd like to do will be put off now while we recover from the financial shock!

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    making another plug for citrus... and a little more detail.
    we have 4 satsuma trees. 2 different varieties... i've forgotten the names, but think one of them is owari (sp?)
    we hear about a possible big freeze next week, so the wife went to the last producing tree and removed 157 satsumas yesterday...
    on the 4 trees, i suspect we harvested 800? or more... total.
    production for 3 months..

    we give them away... church, neighbors, friends... bugman, welder, post office lady and city hall etc..
    we have bags of them in 2 different refrigerators.

    bride has put up some in jars... "hot bath" is i think the word she used. this is the first time she's tried doing that.
    huge source of pure vitamin c... especially valuable this year!

    we ordered these in mid 2014.. nursery wouldn't let us have them till october, and told us not to plant until the following spring
    we do very little maintenance.. a little pruning... put some mulch (mostly chips from trees) every couple of years... that's it.

    our planting hardiness zone is 8a and 8b... i think the secret for us with citrus is that we planted close to and protected by thick stands of other trees/shrubs protecting the citrus from the wind and cold.

    we also have had success with one naval orange tree and 2 lemons.. we need to add more orange and lemons.
    Last edited by rockriver; 01-16-2022 at 10:46 PM.

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