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View Poll Results: Do you grow citrus fruit in the UK

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  • I grow oranges

    2 20.00%
  • I grow lemons

    5 50.00%
  • I grow another citrus fruit.

    5 50.00%
  • I've tried and failed

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    Babru is offline Sprouter
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    I grew an orange from a pip as a teenager, it grew to about 12 inches high with the most beautifully perfumed flowers. Never got any fruit though, but well worth growing for the scent. I chucked it after a few years when it got red spider - yuk, I hate red spider and have never managed to eradicate it in a houseplant.

    If a calamondin is the easiest to grow then I'd be interested in getting one IF it has a lovely perfume. Can anyone enlighten me? I'd love to give it a try.

    I have a cold greenhouse I could keep it in when the weather is poor, and in the house during coldest spells (my greenhouse drops below zero in winter, -4 the other night in fact). Just imagining my sunroom with that wonderful citrus perfume.....

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    Calamondin does have nice scent.

    The fruit is used like lemon, very sour.

    Keep your eyes open in Tesco, B&Q etc. They sell reasonable plants for a few pounds, probably cuttings. Also have a grafted one, which was a leafless rescue, now in leaf. Mine kept at min 5C in green house.

    The problem with keeping them indoors is low humidity, which leads to red spider, which a good systemic should control but you need to spot it early.
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    LondonAl is offline Germinator
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    Have a few different citrus outside(Calamondin, Meyer lemon, Finger Lime and one that I'm not to sure about but is flowering all through the year and produces small sour fruit). Survived last winter outside with plastic overhead. It was a cold winter to got down to -5 and an ice day so can be pretty tough. That was the first winter for the Finger lime and this year it has produced one lone fruit. Calamondins produce fruit but its not that great to eat and the Meyer lemons seem to drop their fruit before it fully develops.


    Finger lime fruit.

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    Kirk is offline Cropper
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    Found 2 more limes hiding on my bush/tree.
    Getting a bit fed up of limes, although my vitamin C level must be good.
    Now the thing is producing blossom again. Which I suppose means more limes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk View Post
    Getting a bit fed up of limes, although my vitamin C level must be good.
    Have you tried using them with G&T? They'll go down a treat!

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    Growing citrus fruit in the UK-8bc3a0f4-b0bb-4c5d-981b-24155726d546.jpg
    This is my calamondin that I bought in Li*l last year. Have been very pleased with it and will definitely buy another of these cheap little citrus trees when they’re next in Store.
    Very much looking forward to trying it with a vodka and soda.

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    Inspired by LondonAl , I have today sowed/sown(??) 7 finger lime seeds on the surface of some perlite.
    Wishful thinking I think, but the seeds were only sitting in a shoebox doing nothing.
    Growing citrus fruit in the UK-0edb9630-25a6-4bdd-a85e-b62ea193e6ed.jpg

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