Savannah Garden Diary

December 19, 2007

Marmalade Tree

Filed under: Trees — Tags: , , , , — karen @ 8:23 am

This is a nvg photo of the Minneola that I planted 5 years ago under the mistaken impression that it was a Meyer’s Lemon. Last year it bore 2 fruit, one of which fell off before ripe, and this is what happened this year.

Also last year for the first time, I gave my citrus a little tlc (pruning and citrus spikes), impressed by the quality of Vicky and Fred’s trees, which seem to give them oranges and lemons for about 6 months of the year. Vicky says they need one good soak in the spring, a little fertilizer, and that’s about it.

The fruit of this thing is very bitter. Fred drinks the juice, but I am not so hardy. I plan English-type marmalade, which is really made with Seville oranges. (I have photos of orange trees in the streets of Sevilla, but without fruit, since we were there in October.) I just hope we don’t have a heavy frost to mess up the fruit while we are away for Christmas.

The citrus book says Minneola is a tangelo and that tangelos are hybrids between various mandarins and grapefruits.

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