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Three years of growth....

Posted by dcat22 9 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 21:40

Here is a pic of our Moro Blood Orange (in the back)...and how it looks three short years later. I didn't have the option of pulling the grass any farther back and some locals said it wouldn't do well. It seems happy enough.

The grapefruit is a little smaller, but showered in blooms this year. First year its been in full production (and the first year we've let it). We'll see how it goes. :)

The many days in the twenties this year in Texas, with ice on their leaves this year didn't bother them at all. (As advertised, but I wasn't sure I believed the claims.)

Front yard will be interesting in a few years...

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RE: Three years of growth....

  • Posted by Mr.Z 10a/9b (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 19, 14 at 1:22

Wow, that is amazing.

RE: Three years of growth....

Grapefruits are one of the more vigorous of all the citrus cultivars. Looks like you're keeping it well fertilized, which is important for citrus trees stuck in a lawn. We don't always have the luxury of putting our citrus in ideal locations, or making the location perfect for the tree. You've done a great job taking care of your tree.

Patty S.

RE: Three years of growth....

Thanks, here is a better pic of them both I took today. In a few years, they may be a little...big...we'll see. I prune some for "tree appearance" since they are in the front yard. But other than water and fertilizer they've done most of the work.

I think the most important thing I've done for their health is keep (can't really see them in the pics) metal weedwacker fences around the trunk!

RE: Three years of growth....

Yes, I would actually consider drop crotch pruning both trees this year to bring the height down. And yes, NO weed whacking on the trunk. That is the fastest way to kill a citrus tree besides sprinkling the trunks. Clearly they are well enough established to compete with the lawn for nutrients, so continue fertilizing (don't use any weed & feed types of lawn fertilizers, as your citrus trees will absorb that, and it will damage or kill them), and keep the watering regime, and you should be rewarded with a bumper crop of grapefruits!

Patty S.

RE: Three years of growth....

A pretty interesting study by the CA MGs who hired Carl Whitcomb to fly out (from Oklahoma?) and set up test plots to determine the known allelopathic effect of grass. He found all that was needed was a 3 foot circle devoid of grass (i.e., 1.5 feet clearance around the trunk) to eliminate the allelopathic effect of grass on young tree growth.

Eventually the canopy will shade out underneath the tree and prevent grass growth. [Interestingly, St. Augustine, was the 3rd best ground cover of dozens tested--and the only true grass--tested under mature trees in a Acta Horticulture study so maybe it doesn't have an allelopathic effect.]

This post was edited by Fascist_Nation on Sat, Apr 19, 14 at 18:04

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