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  • I grow lemons

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  • I grow another citrus fruit.

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    My two lemon trees stay out during the summer and go in a cold green house for winter.


    This year my greenhouse has no roof so we'll see how they cope with that. They will be protected from the wind, which I would imagine is there main undoing. We shall see.
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    Never tried growing citrus fruit but may try next year after reading all these posts.

    And when your back stops aching,
    And your hands begin to harden.
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    In the glory of the garden.

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    Mainly mine is a lime, have a lemon also.
    Lime seems most successful and I presently have about 15 limes developing happily on it. Some big enough to pick immediatly - papaya and lime is good also mascapone lime cheesecake is easy.

    Lemon gets less fruit, and I keep the fruit thinned as a lemon is bigger and can over burden a branch.

    Lime does lose leaves, so needs "sweeping" around it regularily.

    Have found best that when suitable locations are found then do not move them. Lime stays in all year as it throws a fit and loses leaves if moved outside. Grows them back but the occurs when moved in again. So it lives inside. Lemon tends to drop leaves then replaces with BIG ones when outside, looks a bit odd.
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    Beautiful tree
    I tried it when it was soft, it was on the very sharp/sour side
    Quote Originally Posted by DannyK View Post
    Maybe you are picking them too early. They should be soft. Had lots in Philippines where they are a lemon substitute. My 5 are like bullets now.Attachment 83731

    This calamondin overwinters outside in Beckton, which is near Cyprus--no no the East London one, not the med! Nobody told it or my wife's friend that they weren't hardy!

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    I bought this as a 6" seedling:

    Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'
    Hardy Japanese Bitter Orange/Hardy Lemon (Dwarf, contorted selection)

    this summer from a specialist nursery and they say that it should be fine growing outdoors in a sheltered sunny spot. I'm hoping that they're right in a few years to come.

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    Chilterns did seed while back.
    They are supposed to be very bitter but can be used for marmalade and also make very good thorny security fence.
    Anyone tried murraya?
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    My citrus is by my backdoor, inside!
    It's not much of a citrus, it's a kumquat I grew from a seed 35 years ago, I was 14 years old.
    I gave it to my grandad as a christmas present, I inherited it back when he died a few years ago.
    I think the only reason why I keep it is sentiment as its useless at fruit, in fact, it's never fruited!

    I take it to my allotment greenhouse every May and bring it back every Oct/Nov. One year i forgot to bring it back and it was hit by a few bad frosty episodes and its still alive.
    I think they're hardier than is often suggested, I reckon waterlogging in cold weather would kill it though, it sulks if i over water it, drops leaves and takes ages to recover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWifesBrassicas View Post
    My citrus is by my backdoor, inside!
    It's not much of a citrus, it's a kumquat I grew from a seed 35 years ago, I was 14 years old.
    I gave it to my grandad as a christmas present, I inherited it back when he died a few years ago.
    I think the only reason why I keep it is sentiment as its useless at fruit, in fact, it's never fruited!

    I take it to my allotment greenhouse every May and bring it back every Oct/Nov. One year i forgot to bring it back and it was hit by a few bad frosty episodes and its still alive.
    I think they're hardier than is often suggested, I reckon waterlogging in cold weather would kill it though, it sulks if i over water it, drops leaves and takes ages to recover.
    You have done well, I find Kumquat seedlings are far the least vigorous of any of the citrus family that i
    have tried. 35 years is quite something.

    I agree that the plants themselves are very hardy and will withstand -5 C for short periods. What I have read though is that they won't form flower buds unless kept much, much warmer than that all winter. By contrast calamondin which is a Kumquat hybrid will withstand similar temperatures and then flower and fruit as usual.
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