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How do I grow really sweet in-ground citrus in my greenhouse?

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I just want to say that I was super excited to see your name on here lol Don't know if you remember me, but I bought a bunch of figs from you.


Dr. Malcolm Manners, a professor of citrus culture, once wrote that the best tasting grapefruit he ever ate was from a 25 year old tree growing on the grounds of Florida Southern University.

Hi Millet: Thank you for your input. Anything else that you could add would be greatly appreciated. I know that you have a big greenhouse full of citrus.

I've read enough here to know that you have a regular fertilizer program for citrus.

Are your trees in-ground? Do you know what kind of Brix levels you are getting.


95% of all my citrus trees are growing  in the ground.  They are between 12 to 20 years old, and bloom and fruit every year. Most all of them are grafted upon Flying Dragon, with a few on C35.  They are 8 to 11 feet in height., and 12 to 15 feet wide.  Over all the years I have never tested for sugar content.  Actually I have never purchased the instrument to do the testing. I water them every Monday, and fertilize them every other watering.  I use rain water that I collect of my barns (about 60 x  55-galloon drums). I fill the drums 1/3 with hose water and 2/3 with rain water off the barns.  I have red grapefruit, white grapefruit, mandarins,  two types of satsumas, and a Valentine pummelo and couple of grapefruit crosses and a lemon. I also grow pineapples and strawberries. and tomatoes.

Thank you Millet, that sounds like a great setup. I wish I could see your trees and greenhouse. It's got to be magnificent...!!!

Would you say that your citrus is sweeter than store bought or about the same? I'd imagine they're nice and juicy when picked at the right time.


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