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    Default Growing citrus fruit in the UK

    Having read an article in the November GYO magazine, I'm curious to know how many members grow oranges or lemons and how productive they are.

    Can you tell us approximately where you live, whether they're grown in a GH or outdoors and how many fruits you pick each year.

    Thank you.
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    I grow a small lemon tree on my southwest facing windowsill, next to a small calamondin tree.
    I get 4 lemons each winter,lots of fragrant flowers. The calamondin produces loads of flowers and fruit all year,but is more of a decorative plant,it has a bit of a shocking taste!
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    I grow them next to the olive trees. No fruit on the citrus yet, the olives are loaded though.

    Might need bigger pots.

    And not leaving out in the winter,

    And possibly watering.
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    I’ve got a lime.

    It is about 30cm high and about the same wide in a pot. Bought last year got 8 limes last year and 10 this year, the limes are smaller than supermarket ones but very juicy and stronger flavour to my taste. Have about 15 formed and growing at the moment. I keep outside until it starts to feel chilly in the shade in the late afternoon (bit unscientific I know) it then spends the winter in our unheated porch. Water with rain water when I have it and tap water when I don’t.

    I mainly use lime juice in cooking and sliced lime in drinks. At the end of the summer when the new limes are forming we cut off the remaining ones and slice up and freeze for drinks which seems to help the new ones swell up. They might grow bigger if we left them but I prefer more smaller ones as normally only need a small amount of juice/zest and little slices.

    We bought it as a bit of fun but it surprisingly meets our lime needs and it is still a baby in my eyes so would expect it to grow and be equally if not more productive.
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    Dartmoor, cold greenhouse, 4 seasons lemon, kumquat, calamondin, chinotto, tangerine, Washington navel orange. The lemon is cutting grown and not yet fruiting, navel orange grafted not yet fruiting, others 20 to 30 fruits a year generally but no tangerines this year - I think it resented the cold snap in March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillithyme View Post
    The calamondin produces loads of flowers and fruit all year,but is more of a decorative plant,it has a bit of a shocking taste!
    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.Growing citrus fruit in the UK-screen-shot-2018-10-06-11.19.48.jpg

    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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    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!
    Do you bring it inside in a bad winter? (sits at keyboard singing Bernard Cribbins song)

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    My Tesco calamodin, bought last year, has stayed in greenhouse throughout (40F in winter) as it has so far been pest free. It looks as if it's a cutting. Someone gave me a sickly leafless one last year, which has also stayed in gh. Looks much healthier now but hasn't flowered. It's a grafted plant.

    The one in Beckton has been outside for years. It's ex B&Q.

    There's Limehouse but that's to do with the mineral.

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