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  • Successfully Cultivating a Clementine Tree

    Citrus has a certain nostalgic effect, with the fruit associated with both sunny skies and cozy Christmases. Just a few generations ago, access to citrus fruits was a novelty for people in colder climates, but lemons, oranges, and the delightful clementine are standard fare in lunch boxes and kitchens across America today. In addition, more and more hobby growers are taking a second look at citrus. Trees like the clementine are easier to care for than you might think, and there's nothing quite like picking fresh citrus from backyard branches.

    What is a Clementine?

    Clementines belong to the mandarin orange family. They are small, sweet, lunch-box friendly fruits that peel easily for on-the-go enjoyment. The variety is sometimes referred to as a "Christmas orange" because they are in season right around the holidays and many people purchase them as a seasonal treat. Clementines are very similar to tangerines, with a bright, fresh flavor in a pleasingly poppable package.

    Growing a Clementine Tree

    Citrus gets a bit of a bad rap as being difficult to grow. Many home gardeners completely write off citrus trees as too cold sensitive. Though the clementine tree is considered a warm-weather-loving plant, they can be cared for in a warm environment. These fun fruits are ideal for USDA hardiness zones 9-11, they can actually do very well in greenhouses and in pots where moving them out of the weather is possible.
    For growing zones 9-11 The Clementine’s ability to bear fruit consistently is greatly hindered by unexpected frosts during blossoming, so container planting is recommended if you try to nurture clementines in less than ideal climates.

    Keeping Clementines Happy

    When planted outdoors in a sunny climate, clementine trees resemble a standard dwarf fruit tree in size. However, container planting keeps them manageable as the tree can't outgrow the root structure in the container, and most will resemble a shrub or bush in their dimensions. A clementine tree in a container should always have sufficient drainage to avoid bogging down the roots, and it will do best when exposed to full sunlight as much as possible. In fact, it's ideal if you can move the tree outdoors when the weather is mild, only bringing it inside when temperatures dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

    The clementine tree is perfect for budding citrus growers, as it is more forgiving than other varieties and can survive challenging growing conditions and inexperienced husbandry. With proper care and smart management, most people can successfully cultivate clementines in a temperature-regulated growing space or container, or, if you're lucky enough to live where it's warm, right in your own backyard. If you're interested in growing a clementine tree yourself, take a look at our website, as we offer many trees for you at great prices.

  • Reality Check. LCT versus competitors online claiming to sell "trees".

     

    Our company has been in business since 2004. Not a whole lot of people realize that when they visit our website. We were the first citrus farm on the internet. We started as a small family farm and even though we have grown some, we are still a small family farm. We genuinely care about all of our customers, some of them have been coming to us for years because they know we sell quality trees. We wanted to share on our blog a recent post by one of our customers to our facebook page. We hear of horror stories like this a lot and feel genuinely bad for our customers who get tricked by super low pricing and pictures of trees that look nothing like the companies actually sell.

    So here is a comparison of one of our customers who purchased a Hass Avocado from us AFTER he purchased from one of our "competitors".

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    That's ours on the right, just after he unboxed it. Can you see the other "tree"?

    We hate that our customers are ripped off by other companies. We sell real trees that are grown by world renown experts that have been doing this for generations. We realize it's time to get aggressive and expose this fraud to hopefully protect others from falling into the same trap.

    If you have already purchased one of these trees from another company and are having a hard time keeping it alive, just send us an email at support@lemoncitrustree.com with a photo of the tree. We will try our best to help, just some trees can't be saved when they are raised in such poor conditions.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend. Take care & thanks for reading!

    Crystal

    Owner

    LemonCitrusTree

    p.s. We have a discount till next Friday! Use the code: nosticks for $8 dollars off your order. Have a HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

  • Delightfully Delicious Meyer Lemon Roasted Turkey Recipe

     

    This year you can use those Meyer Lemons that you've grown to perk up the flavor of your Thanksgiving bird! This recipe will work with other types of sweet citrus too or you can use more than one type of citrus to come up with your own version of this delicious recipe. Cooking should be fun and experimenting with cooking makes it even better. I have included substitutes for every ingredient that's easier and/or healthier to find or use.

     

    Our Ingredients:

     

    Approximately a dozen Meyer Lemons (Or your favorite sweet citrus fruit)

    8 Cloves of Garlic (You can substitute 1 Clove with either: 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes; 1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder; I do not recommend using Garlic Salt as a substitute but if that's all you have then you can substitute 1/2 Teaspoon to equal 1 Clove then use half as much salt than our recipes calls for below)

    1/4 Cup Fresh Rosemary (You can substitute dry herbs for fresh but you need to use half of what the recipe calls for. So 1/4 becomes 1/8 of a cup)

    1/4 Cup Fresh Thyme (You can substitute dry herbs using half as mentioned above)

    1/4 Cup of Salt (You can substitute with the potassium chloride if desired)

    1 Stick of Butter (You can substitute with 6 Tablespoons of Olive Oil)

    1/8 Teaspoon of Black Pepper (White Pepper can be substituted with the same measurements or a pinch of Cayenne Pepper can used)

     

    Directions:

     

    1. 1. Prepare your oven per the package directions of the Turkey that you are using for this recipe.
    2. 2. Zest Six of the Meyer Lemons, Finely Chop your Garlic Cloves & Fresh Herbs then set aside.
    3. 3. Cut Four of your Meyer Lemons into quarters and set aside.
    4. 4. In a medium saucepan melt the butter (or warm the olive oil) then remove from heat.
    5. 5. Add the Zested Meyer Lemons, Chopped Garlic, Salt & Fresh Herbs into the butter/oil and mix well. Allow the mixture to cool.
    6. 6. Rinse the Turkey and dry with clean paper towels. Rub the turkey with the butter/herb mixture completely covering the entire turkey.
    7. 7. Place Seasoned Turkey into a roasting pan, stuff turkey with the quartered lemon pieces. Then roast per the directions on the Turkey label.
    8. 8. Use the remaining Lemons to garnish your turkey after cooking is complete.

     

    Additional Tips:

    Typical roasting times are 20 minutes per pound at 350 Degrees.

    Roasting the Turkey upside down for the first 45 minutes of roasting can significantly improve the moisture retention of the meat.

    Adding an inch of Turkey or Chicken stock to the bottom of the roasting pan can improve the taste of the turkey and help maintain moisture in the meat.

    Using a meat thermometer can simplify your roasting. Just remove the turkey when it reaches 170°F.

    Using Food Service plastic gloves during the preparation of the turkey especially while rubbing the seasoning can keep your hands clean and prevent abrasions from the salt which can be very painful.

     

    All of us at LemonCitrusTree wishes you & your loved ones a very HAPPY Thanksgiving!

     

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  • Health Benefits of Citrus

    Eating citrus and drinking the juice is more than just a yummy treat. The health benefits are immense. In fact, when I looked into it I was blown away by how good for your body citrus really is. Citrus lowers blood pressure. Sweet oranges and tangelos are the richest food sources of hesperidin. Hesperidin helps lower blood pressure along with a vast amount of other benefits. It is also found in most other citrus as it is a Citrus Bioflavonoid.

    Boosts immunity, and digestion: Great for cough and sinus issues. Helps with dandruff, acne and overall skin health. All of these can be attributed to the high levels of vitamin C found in citrus.

    Reduces “bad” cholesterol: Limonin helps clean out all of the unwanted cholesterol

    Good for vision: help prevent night blindness and muscular degeneration. - Carotenoids are to blame for these amazing side effects.

    Anti-aging and beauty treatment: Phytonutrients help eliminate free radicals which in turn keep your skin young.

    Soluble Fiber: An anti-inflammatory and helps with pain of arthritis etc. It also helps cure inflammation of the blood vessels, providing protection against heart attack, strokes, and heart disease.

    Arthritis: The citric acid found in limes and lemons works wonders, helping move pesky uric acid through and out of the body. Uric acid is what causes arthritis.

    Muscle spasms and cramps: Citrus is high in potassium, this will help your muscles get some rest.

    Hydration: Just like our bodies, citrus contains lots of water and is extremely hydrating.

    Weight loss: The acids and vitamins found in citrus work as an appetite suppressant as well as helping break down fat.

    These are just some of the vast amount of benefit consuming citrus fruit has on your health. Drinking a glass of citrus water, eating your favorite citrus as a snack or just finding a way to get it into your meals will benefit more than just your taste palate. Citrus is truly one of nature's many magic medicines! It’s so wonderful having fresh citrus on hand!

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