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  • Feeding Recipe for a Happy Tree


    How would you feel if I was in charge of your care, but I simply failed to feed you?
    How long would you expect to survive? Yet this is what happens in many cases with plants that are expected to produce.

    If you starve a tree, it will starve you.
    If you feed a tree, it will feed you.

    Citrus are heavy nitrogen feeders and nitrogen leaches out the fastest of all nutrients.
    It is important to have a good fertilizing schedule, due to the leaching of nutrients in sandy soils and the fact that citrus require high nitrogen intake. Trees simply cannot produce fruit if the tree is lacking nitrogen. When watering your Citrus many nutrients are lost. So FEED FEED FEED your trees!

     

    RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS

          • ☼ Osmocote Flower and Vegetable Smart-Release Plant Food: twice a year.
          • ☼ Espoma Citrus Tone for Citrus and Avocado:  every 30 days (approx. 3 tsps. for a 15" pot)
            OR
            ☼ Miracle-Gro Miracid, Acid-Loving Plant Food 30-10-10: every 2 weeks to 30 days. (DO NOT USE IF YOU'RE USING ESPOMA)
          • ☼ Fertilome Concentrate Fish Emulsion Fertilizer
          • ☼ Dyna-Gro DYFOL008 Foliage Pro
          • ☼ Miracle-Gro Cactus Palm and Citrus Potting Mix

    If you have just received your tree, then I suggest you not re-pot your tree until you have waited at least 2 weeks to insure the tree is not in shock. Re-potting is the worst thing you can do to a tree that is under stress. If your tree is having issues, DO NOT RE-POT!
    Many people make this mistake thinking they will fix a problem and end up making it worse.
    Use Miracle-Gro Cactus Palm and Citrus Potting Mix, when you’re ready to re-pot.


     

    FERTILIZING SCHEDULE

     

    February (beginning of the fertilizing year)

        • Osmocote

     

    March through October

          • Week 1:  Espoma OR Miracle-Gro, Spray Dyna-Gro on Foliage
          • Week 2:  Spray Dyna-Gro on Foliage
          • Week 3:  Fish Emulsion, Spray Dyna-Gro on Foliage
          • Week 4:  Spray Dyna-Gro on Foliage

     

    November

        • Osmocote

     

    December and January are rest period for trees planted in the ground, if tree is inside you can continue to feed.

    Foliar feeding is important and Dyna-Gro has 16 of the minerals essential for optimum plant growth. Using Dyna-Gro gives plants the nutrition they need. Plants take up the complete nutrient formula and foliar applications have greater mineral uptake than regular soil fertilizing.

    Foliar Application: Mix a quarter to half tsp. per gallon of water and spray directly on leaves. It is important that this is done only in the morning and sprayed on underside of leaves as well, use a biodegradable wetting agent to maximize adhesion to the leaf surface, so the nutrients don't just roll off the leaves.

    If you have any questions about fertilizing, you can reply to this blog with a comment or call us at 229-299-5555.

    Wishing you great success in your citrus growing!
    Nancy

  • Ripening your Citrus Fruit

    Citrus like sun! At least six hours of full sun per day is required. For best productivity provide 8 or more hours of full sun per day.

    Of course, the sun is much hotter in some areas than in others, so the overall intensity of the sun will also play a role. As a general rule, sour fruits need less heat to ripen than sweet-fruited varieties. Here are some general guidelines by variety:

    • Lemons and limes require the least heat to ripen, making them excellent choices for cool-summer areas.
    • The Washington Navel orange has the highest frost tolerance of the sweet oranges. Washington is primarily grown in California's climate zones where there are cool winter nights followed by warm days to pump the sugars into the fruit.
    • Grapefruits require intense, prolonged heat to ripen fully. (Heat causes pigmented grapefruits and pummelos to develop their distinctive red colors.) Grapefruit-pummelo hybrids like Oro Blanco are better suited to more moderate areas, sweetening in the San Francisco Bay Area and other coastal climates.
    • Tangerines and kumquats require high heat for best flavor. Kumquats are among the most frost tolerant of all citrus.
    • Keep in mind that all citrus fruits only ripen on the tree. Ripeness is best judged by sampling flavor, though rind color and time of year can also be good indicators.
  • Best Citrus Varieties for Indoor Growing

    By far, the Meyer Lemon is the most popular. Like all the lemons, it is easy to grow, prolific and does not need a lot of heat to ripen the fruit. The Meyer is slightly sweeter than the classic commercial varieties (Eureka). Its soft skin develops an orange hue when fruit is fully ripe, and its distinctive, mystical flavor combines lemon with a hint of tangerine. The Meyer lemon can be very productive, even indoors, and does not need a lot of heat to ripen the fruit.

    Kaffir Lime leaves are used extensively in Thai and Cambodian cooking, and zest of the fruit is an ingredient in some curry paste recipes. Keep your Kaffir lime tree close at hand in a sunny window and you'll be able to create authentic recipes year-round.

    Calamondin (Kalamansi) is a diminutive tree originating in the Philippines. It's ornamental form, fragrant blooms and small tart orange-colored fruits have made it a favorite for centuries. The sour juice of ripe fruits can be used in salad dressings and other recipes.

  • What's So Special About The Meyer Lemon?

    Meyer Lemon trees are small and can be kept as a houseplant in a container. Meyer Lemon harvesting season stretches from November to April, so the fruit is available for the holidays. The Meyer Lemon became very popular with people like Alice Waters and Martha Stewart advocating their use and using Meyer Lemons in many of their recipes.

    Discovering ways to use the Meyer Lemon is less of a challenge than actually finding the Meyer lemon in your neighborhood grocery store. For those who live far from a citrus-growing region finding Meyer Lemons is a difficult task, growing your own tree is must for all those who love it!

    At maturity, the yellow fruit's ornamental beauty in potted plants has a host of many decorative ideas. The tree itself is a wonderful addition to your home or landscape but also the harvested fruit can be used in decorations such as a festive mantel garland around your fireplace, centerpiece with Meyer Lemons on your dining table in a decorative bowl or as a wreath with Meyer Lemons on your door. The beauty of the Meyer Lemon will impress your guests as the smell of citrus fills your home with freshness!

     

    The Meyer Lemon is truly a marvel when it comes to your health! It’s packed full of Vitamin C, antioxidants and is a good source for potassium. It’s antioxidant propertiegirlwithlemons nourish your skin while reducing scarring, and it's antiseptic properties are effective in clearing up acne. To treat your acne and/or scarring, you need to rinse your face with warm water. It is advisable that you use water that is warm enough to open up your pores, you can also use steam. Apply the freshly squeezed juice of a Meyer Lemon to a cotton ball, then apply the juice directly to your face. Allow the juice to dry then apply the juice again. Leave the juice on your face for 30 minutes. Then wash your face with a mild soap and rinse well with warm water then finish with a cool rinse of clean water. You can do this treatment daily. It is very effective because the acid in the juice helps slough off dead skin cells while helping new cell growth. It removes excess oils and kills the bacteria that cause acne.

    Meyer Lemons are a great disinfectant for cuts or scrapes to soothe poison ivy, just apply a freshly cut slice directly to the affected area. The Meyer Lemon kills the virus that causes warts! Buying products to remove warts at the drugstore is a waste of money, those treatments are usually ineffective. To remove any wart; add equal parts of Meyer Lemon juice and clove oil to a small container. Please be careful not to get this mixture into your eyes or mouth, it will burn. Applying this mixture directly to the wart will gently remove any wart with daily application over the course of a week or two, depending on the severity of the wart. Be very careful while applying, only apply to the actual wart’  you wouldn’t want to get this on your unaffected skin because it can (and will) cause irritation. The wart removing mixture should be stored in the refrigerator when not in use. You can also use the mixture to remove corns and callouses.

    In the event of chill or fever, Meyer Lemon juice in water helps to relieve symptoms of colds and flu, helping purify the blood eliminating toxins from the body and reduces phlegm. The Meyer Lemon has a calming effect and help relieves anxiety and tension. The Meyer Lemon also aids teddybearin clearing up infections in the kidney and urinary tract. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of the Meyer Lemon accelerates the healing process. Making a lemonade tea out of the Meyer Lemon, using freshly squeezed juice along with raw honey (instead of sugar) will help clear up many ailments. Drink the tea warm to aid in the absorption.

    There are many practical uses for Meyer Lemons around the house from removing odors in your home to refrigerator odors. Rubbing a slice of Meyer Lemon all over your dull pots, pans and coffee pot will make them sparkle. Also doing this for your cutting board will kill germs by sanitizing it. Adding Meyer Lemon juice to your laundry will help to kill any mildew and make your whites whiter.

    Roaches and fleas hate the smell of Meyer Lemons! So use in your kitchen often as an insect repellent, adding to mop water or using the juice on window sills and baseboards. Mix Meyer Lemon juice and water in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 5-10 minutes, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls and ceiling of the microwave. Then just wipe away; it cuts cleaning time and disinfects. Save the lemon peels for your garbage disposal too, cuts down on odors by eating away the gunk that builds up over time and by doing so it prevents drain fly infestations.

    There are so many wonderful uses for the Meyer Lemon Tree that it’s no wonder that it’s gained a reputation of being one of the best dwarf citrus trees you can grow, indoors or out! If you would like to learn more about the wonderful use of the Meyer Lemon then please join our mailing list below. You will receive periodic newsletters with special discounts, decorating ideas, recipes, tree care suggestions and more!

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