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Growing oranges in FL

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Maria in Brevard:
Morning! I used to think I live in citrus capital of US and citruses are easy here but no.... I love red navel, planted tree several years ago but it just did not grow no matter what I did and looked sick all the time so I removed it. But right next to it I planted pomelo and it does fine, gives me delicious fruits every year. At my old house I had tangerine, too many seeds but it was still OK to eat. This is my (very limited) experience. FL citrus growers, please share your advice and knowledge. Can I grow red navel in Central FL (East Coast) now? I know about greening, btw.

Tropheus76:
There are ways to grow citrus in FL. I have had luck growing under oak trees. I still deal with leaf miners but so far aside from the ravages of deer my small grove of various trees including a red naval orange is doing fairly well. Citrus does not like being in full sun with few exceptions, one being a pomelo weirdly enough. All of the rest of my older trees that I planted early on in full sun have either died or are very stunted. I started a couple three years ago partially under an oak tree line and they are already taller, bushier and healthier than ones I planted over ten years ago in full sun.

I also have a couple in pots located on the east side of my house under the eaves so the dew drips on them every morning from the roof. They look great as well since they miss the afternoon sun.

Finally I find some of the oddball varieties do well and are less susceptible to greening. Yuzu lemon, pomelo, and some of the weird ones tend to survive.

Maria in Brevard:
Thank you, Tropheus76. Lots of info. I don't have large trees so no shade. I always thought of citruses as full sun trees. Will be thinking if it's worth it. I think not.

Millet:
Citrus trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours of full direct sunlight daily or they will not produce as well. Look at all the citrus groves in every location of the world.  SUN SUN   Will a citrus tree grow in some shade - yes but not as well and will produce much less fruit.

Calusa:

--- Quote from: Millet on April 03, 2024, 06:32:02 PM ---Citrus trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours of full direct sunlight daily or they will not produce as well. Look at all the citrus groves in every area of the world.  SUN SUN   Will a citrus tree grow in some shade - yes but not as well and will produce much less fruit.

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