Freezing temperatures and Citrus Trees


  This winter was colder than average, and the hard freeze took its toll on a few citrus trees in my yard; the Eureka Lemon, Lisbon Lemon, and a Rio Red Grapefruit (questionable). My Otami Satsuma and navel orange tree made it through without any significant damage.  

I am happy that two out of the five citrus trees in my yard faired well. I’m upset about the other three, mostly because I did not do my part- I did not protect them. Yes, I had ample time and could have taken the necessary measures to protect the plants, but I didn't. I let my disdain for cold weather cause me to be lazy. I simply needed to drape a blanket over these trees!

The Rio Red looks like it could still make it through, but it sustained significant damage.  I bought and planted all these fruit trees the first year that I moved into my house. When I planted them, I closed my eyes and imagined the fresh juice, and abundant supply of citrus I would be getting “shortly”. I lost sight of my end goal which was amazingly healthy and productive fruit trees. You cannot lose sight of your end goal.  You have to be willing to do anything necessary to achieve said goal.

The damaged trees will be removed and replaced; this is an expensive lesson. For the replacement trees, I'm trying to decide between New Zealand lemon tree or Lisbon lemon and either a key lime or Persian lime tree. I have already added a Cara Cara Orange and a Moro Blood Orange.  For some reason, when people think citrus their mind automatically considers California or Florida, but not the great state of Texas. Come to Texas during the citrus season, and let's see if we can not change your mind.

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