Does anyone have an orange tree?

Waaaay Down South, GA

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!

Brunswick , GA(Zone 9a)

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.

Waaaay Down South, GA

Thanks! I'm just so tempted! sigh

Lizella, GA(Zone 8a)

Would you like a meyers lemon? I have some little seedlings I grew. They smell wonderful!! But don't think they make very good pies. LOL
I haven't tried to grow oranges ,,,,yet..

Waaaay Down South, GA

Thanks sooo much, but I already have one. What I really need is a lime. You don't happen to have one of those? hahaha :-)

One question, though ... what do you fertilize your meyer with?

Brunswick , GA(Zone 9a)

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.

Lizella, GA(Zone 8a)

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!

Waaaay Down South, GA

Wow, is there something I could trade you for one? BTW ... happy birthday late! :-)

Hey, I have a wonderful lemon pie I make using Meyer lemons! LMK if you want the recipe.

Brunswick , GA(Zone 9a)

101, I would LOVE the recipe!!!! I need to go out and see if my blooms smell good. I haven't gotten that close!

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

I grow a few different citrus trees.

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.


This is a good site to check out. http://www.plantfolks.com/preview/sitebuilder/Plantfolks/CitrusAvailability.html

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.

Thumbnail by CoreHHI
Waaaay Down South, GA

Thanks so much for this wonderful info! It made me drool just reading it!

Lizella, GA(Zone 8a)

Yes, Susan, I have a key lime I will send you. I keep mine in the greenhouse during the winter. And I would love the recipe, too for the lemon pie.
Good info, Core.

Waaaay Down South, GA

Oh, thank you! Watch your Dmail. :-)

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

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.

Simpsonville, SC(Zone 7b)

This company in SC appears to specialize in cold hardy citrus. I have wanting to order from them but have held off since I drive near there on the way to my in laws so i dont want to pay shipping :-)

http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/3261/
http://mckenzie-farms.com/photo.htm

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

Mckenzie farms is friends with the plant folks guy (Ned Rahn). These guys on the coast seem to be all interlinked or at least know each other and what they are up to. I give Mckenzie farms a thumb up.

Atlanta, GA

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?

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

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.
Laurel

Tallahassee, FL(Zone 8a)

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!

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Interesting. So where's the better gardening? Gainesville or Tallahassee. I'd vote Tallahassee. If your a college football fan you must have had a life crisis when you moved. lol
Laurel

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