Hi y'all ...
I went to my HD today, and they had what was listed on the tags as "naval" orange trees. Does anyone know if they'd survive my 8B zone? Does anyone have an orange, and if so, what kind? Oh, I'd love to have an orange tree!
My neighbor down the street has orange trees...not sure what kind. They were full of oranges last fall and also a tangerine tree. We planted one orange, one pink grapefruit and a meyers lemon tree. They all lost their leaves due to the cold temps but the grapefruit and lemon tree are blooming with new leaves coming out. The navel orange looks like tiny little places are beginning to sprout. Time will tell if it makes it.
I would like to know too!! My meyers lemon is blooming and getting new leaves after it got bald last fall HA HA I sure hope I get some lemons. Are they good for cakes and etc??? A neighbor gave me a few last fall and they were wonderful in my ice tea.
Susan, do you mean key lime? If so, I have a few also. I used a fruit fertilizer. I think I got it at Lowe's.
Flippers, My mom declares that M. Lemons aren't really good for making pies... I have to say that I'm not much of a cook..
Now, that reminds me, I need to search for gallon lemons. My grandmother had these.
My Meyers is full of bloom and smelling wonderful!
Tangerines or mandarins are your best bet. No they are not the same.
I grow a cara cara navel orange which has proved cold hardy to 25 and I also grow what's called a sanbokan grapefruit which is cold hardy into the teens. Meyers lemon are fairly cold hardy but they don't taste like a regular lemon. The rind is not the same at all so it can't be used for cooking where you need to get the flavor (oils) out of the rind.
8B is going to be tricky to grow citrus in. I'm in 9a and I had to be picky in what I planted and they all did well this year with winter temps heading down to the middle twenties for many nights. If you want a more detailed list I tell you what exactly I planted.
Picture is of my cara cara orange which is a pink navel orange blooming yesterday. It's only 7ft X 6ft and if you notice there is some damage on the old leaves from the cold but over all it came through the winter fine and a new flush of leaves is coming in with the flowers.
Not citrus but I grow a few other fruits in 9a if you're interested. I grow figs, pomegranates and plums. I've tried peaches but I needed a low chill hour peach and they were killed off by something and always had bacterial spot so I won't be trying those again.
Home Depot in Atlanta is selling Meyer Lemon trees, and some sort of orange tree. I thought that was odd since I have never seen anyone successfully grow citrus trees in Atlanta (unless in a pot that comes indoors in winter). But maybe they have developed some new varieties?
They are for pot culture and will produce fruit once mature. They do fine in any sunny room, but do best in an enclosed plant or sun room where temps tend to be variable and humidity higher. Lowes in Sandy Springs had a bunch of both out on the clearance rack this past week for $1.50. Some were going or gone but others looked just fine.
I grew up in Gainesville, FL and was able to grow a pink grapefruit from seed (not supposed to work well). Funny thing was, only one branch would bear. It got to be about 20' tall, and eventually a freeze did it in. Here in Tallahassee, we easily grow satsuma mandarins---they do famously. I don't know how far north of me you are, Waaaaay Down South, but with global warming and all, we are growing more and more things that used to be impossible just 30 years ago. Kumquats are easy, but lemons still need a pot. Good luck!