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Best time to plant citrus trees

Posted by csetz (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 20, 09 at 10:49

I've moved into the state a year or so ago. Keep staring ay my neighbors orange and grapefruit trees. WOuld like to start a few of my own. When is the best time to plant them? What size would you recommend starting with if I want fruit in a year or so?

Also, appears I have a lemon tree in the corner of the lot. I haven't seen a blossom on it, but the leaves smell like lemon. typically how long till a lemon tree bears fruit? I estimate this one at 3-4 years old.

Thanks - Chad


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RE: Best time to plant citrus trees

Chad, which state was that? Here in California, fall is a good time to plant them - they can get settled during the mild weather and be ready to take off in the spring. This would not work well in other parts of the country.

If a tree is grafted or from cuttings from a mature tree, it should bear fruit within a year or two. A seedling can take up to 10 years.

I have a one-gallon Meyer lemon that is starting to bear fruit, and a 3.5-gallon yuzu that should bloom next spring. Both were purchased this spring and I'm keeping them in containers.

All citrus need the right environment (sun, feeding, watering, etc.) to produce reliable crops, so do a bit of research so you can ensure success. Sounds like your neighbor would be a good consultant!


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RE: Best time to plant citrus trees

I agree, right now is a great time to start new citrus. It still has enough time to get some new growth, then harden up for winter.


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