Fruits

The 3 best citrus fruit trees

Citrus fruit trees are very versatile perennials that can provide privacy and shade. In addition, having citrus fruits in the garden will allow you to enjoy the benefits of its rich fruits without having to go to the store to buy them.

A citrus plantation can develop almost anywhere, despite its indigenous characteristics of warm climate. Even if you live where winter throws a frost or two, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh, home-grown citrus fruits.

While most citrus fruit trees are good garden plants, you can also make a citrus crop by placing it in large containers and keeping them well pruned to preserve a manageable size.

Wet roots are the worst enemy of citrus trees. All require excellent drainage and sandy loam soil, although citrus fruits can be grown in clay soils if irrigation is well managed.

Citrus trees tolerate light shade. However, they will be more productive when grown in full sun (8 to 12 hours a day). The success of citrus crops will depend on the planting conditions, so it is important to carry out a planting that meets the requirements and adequate minimum care.

 

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Citrus fruit trees

Citrus fruits are a member of the family Rutaceae, subfamily Aurantoideae. They are the most economically important genre worldwide. Among the 3 most outstanding citrus fruit trees are: lemonorange and mandarin.

The lemon tree

The lemon tree is a species that grows from 3 to 6 meters in height. Its fruit whose name is lemon, is oval with a nipple-shaped protrusion and is light yellow, has an acidic, juicy greenish-yellow pulp.

Lemon trees will bloom and bear fruit periodically throughout the year. However, the largest production is during the summer. Lemon is one of the most used citrus fruits at the culinary and medicinal level.

The orange tree

The orange or orange tree often reaches 6 meters in height. The fruit has the name orange and its flavor is pleasantly acidic and sweet, which can vary according to its type.

Although for some oranges are the same, currently you can find many varieties, these can be distinguished by their flavor, size, color, ripening time, amount of seeds etc. Some of the most common are: the navelina, the valence, the smooth and the salustiana.

The mandarin

A standard mandarin tree grows an average of 7.5 meters at maturity, while semi-woolly trees will grow between 2.5 and 3 meters. The mandarin or mandarin fruit is smaller than a typical orange, it is green and turns from an intense orange when ripe.

Its taste is sweet, but with the characteristic acidity of citrus fruits, it is easy to peel since its skin does not adhere to the fruit. The pulp separates easily because it is divided into segments, from 8 to 10 approximately.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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