Cocktail Citrus Trees
Cocktail citrus trees are a unique approach to growing citrus fruits for Tampa Bay. It is excellent for those with little yard space as well as those who enjoy a wide variety of citrus fruits. A cocktail citrus tree is an accumulation of various citrus fruits on one tree. Most varieties have six types of citrus grafted together, which include lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangelos, oranges and tangerines. At least three citrus fruit varieties will survive, but some lucky gardeners have had all six types survive. The cocktail citrus tree is also available in a second variety that is solely lemons and limes. Cocktail citrus trees are available in two sizes, which are 15 gallon and 30 gallon. Generally, citrus trees are available in four sizes, which are 5 gallon, 10 gallon, 15 gallon, and 30 gallon. Keep it Green carries a large stock of 10 gallon fruit bearing citrus trees.
|Plant Type||Citrus limon (lemon), Citrus paradisi (grapefruit), Citrus aurantifolia (lime),Citrustangelo (tangelo), Citrus sinensis (orange), Citrus tangerina (tangerine)|
|Fruits||Variety of fruits possibly including lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, tangelos, or tangerines|
|Fruits||Fall to Early Winter|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial Shade Tolerant|
|Water Needs||Every other day for new, Twice a week for mature|
|Soil Needs||Moist, Well-Drained|
|Cold Tolerance||Not Frost Hardy|
Provide the cocktail tree with ample water. A new tree should be watered every other day and approximately 2-3 times a week once the tree is established. Do not overwater, as this could result in the roots rotting. Ensure the tree is exposed to plenty of sun; full sun is recommended. Fertilize the tree in the spring, and if necessary a slow release fertilizer may be used in the fall and winter months. Prune the cocktail citrus in the winter to enhance growth or remove damage from the tree. Monitor the tree for any diseases or insect infestation to keep the tree in superior health.
The cocktail tree is a great option for those with small planting areas. They enable a wide variety of citrus fruits to be available in a compact package. It is an excellent addition due to its fragrant flowers and the colorful fruits which are abundant on this tree. Planting these trees near windows and patios is a great idea to infuse one’s home with a crisp aromatic citrus scent.