Garden Talk: Growing Citrus

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33901



Garden Talk: Growing Citrus

May 8, 2021

10 am


Many plants from all over the world have been grown at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.  Citrus trees were a favorite of the Edison’s.  Some of the types of citrus that Thomas and Mina grew were sweet oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, tangerines, and satsumas.    Mina regularly sent her tasty citrus marmalade, mango jam, and guava jelly to her friends and family in Glenmont, NJ.

When Ford purchased the property next door to the Edison estate, it was a working citrus grove – similar to the one that exists now.  This grove was re-established a few years ago.  Today, there are 40 grafted orange and grapefruit trees. It has been quite a few years since the commercial citrus industry was “King” in Florida.  Unfortunately, Citrus Greening has negatively affected the entire industry.  The University of Florida and other research institutions are continuing the fight against this problem with some luck.

During this talk, participants will learn which diseases and nutritional issues affect citrus, and what we do to keep the citrus trees at the Estates healthy.  We will discuss how to grow your citrus in the home landscape and the myriad of ways to use this luscious fruit.  Participants will receive a 20 % off coupon for use toward plant purchase in the Garden Shoppe.

Cost: members: $10; non-members: $15

Masks are required.

Advance registration not required.