Tuesday, December 7, 2010

When to Harvest Citrus Due to Expected Freezing weather

Harvest citrus that are ripe before the freeze if temperatures are going to drop below 28°F for at least 4 hours.  If fruit is not ripe, take a chance and leave fruit on the tree because citrus will not ripen once picked.  Prior to a severe freeze, protect graft unions of young citrus by banking clean sand around the trunk just above the graft union.

Water 24 to 48 hours prior to a freeze if there is no rainfall, but do not water at night during a freeze.   New water restrictions do not include this variation in days, but watering can done by hand.  It’s best to water during the early part of the day to gain the most benefit. 

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