After dodging a few threats of frost, I decided (after looking at the 10 day weather forecast and seeing that we will soon be dipping into the 40's again) that this period of mild, dry weather was the perfect time to move my citrus collection "home" for the winter. Since we have been dry for a bit, it was much easier to clean up the outside of the pots, as well remove the top inch or so of soil, ridding the pots of fallen leaves (or buried seeds, thanks to the squirrels).
|The first group loaded into the car.|
|And all the rest. You can see the debris on top of the soil.|
|One of my original citrus "trees", a navel orange, suffered quite a bit from squirrel (or chipmunk) digging. His poor roots were really exposed!|
|One of my two Eustis limequats. Originally hybridized in 1909, limequats are a cross between a Key lime and a round kumquat. The skin is sweet, and the pulp more citrus/sweet. I think I need to invent a signature cocktail to use them in...|
|My big hope is for this Meyer lemon to hold his fruit until ripe. This one is already about the right size...it just needs to start turning yellow!|
|A smaller Meyer on the same tree. My original Meyer lemon, bought a few years ago as a stick with leaves, really put on a growth spurt this summer, and I hope he, too, will begin to flower in the next several months.|