|harvesting an orange|
|Arizona Sweet Orange tree|
Citrus should be fertilized three times a year. But I have read that citrus can go for years without fertilizer and do well if correctly watered (17 gallons per week in mid-summer and 3 gallons per week in mid-winter). I fertilized three times this year in hopes that the trees would grow better and produce more. Nitrogen is low in the soil here and is the main fertilizer element needed. The grapefruit tree has done the best with 27 grapefruits on it. The orange tree has 10 oranges, and the lime tree did not produce any fruit this year because it was damaged by frost.
|pink grapefruit tree|
|bark painted with white latex paint|
We gave our oranges and grapefruit a taste test. They were edible but not as sweet as we would like them. So we will give the fruit another week or two on the tree before harvesting more.
|first harvest - two grapefruit and an orange|