When we bought our house i knew I wanted to get as much as I could in the way of edibles in. I've always had an knack for doing things people say I can't do. I also had a goal of eating my way around our yard. So far the skeleton is in the works for that. But honestly none of that would be complete without tropicals. I love my oranges and I love Lemons and Limes. So back in 2009 I got a lovely set of 4 citrus plants. I had to wait because I went to order them too late in 2008. So I got a Lemon, Tangerine, Key Lime and Orange. Well so far the only one that has done anything (other then leaves) is the lemon. I did just find out they like to be root bound before they bloom and put out fruit. I put mine in HUGE pots for the plant size, but I didn't want to replant them for a while. I'll find out this spring how the others are doing seeing as how they all need a little extra dirt and such.
Last winter the lemon tree bloomed, but I didn't get an fruit. So this year every morning I took my fingers and passed around the pollen hoping that this would be the year. Every flower I found that was open I played with. And this year it paid off. I've also been watering it just a little every morning so that it doesn't try out and drop the fruit. So far so good. I've managed to get 8 fruits and they've been hanging on for over a month. New record for me. Now the trick will be can I keep them on it long enough to actually ripen.
I'll try to contain my excitement for fear of disappointment.
|It's been over a month and they're still there. 8 in total.|
|This is my absolute favorite picture of the blosoms. It was actually my phone background for a while.|