You’ve got to see these things growing. The orange tree that came with the house is pretty large and the oranges are huge.
Here, take a look at my old pictures of the oranges and then look below. This is a picture of the oranges I took yesterday.
While they’re growing like it’s nobody’s business, I’m not confident that we’ll get any edible fruit. I plucked an orange off the tree last week and cut it in half. I found that the skin was almost two inches thick. I did a little research and found that a thick rind in citrus fruit is caused by a nutrient imbalance. You can read all about it here:
I’m pretty sure this is what we’ve got going on with the big tree.
Now, we do have two small trees that we picked up from Lowe’s a while back. The fruit on them seem to be doing okay. I think we have around three lemons (or limes) and a whole bunch of oranges. When I squeeze the oranges, they seem much softer and juicy than the ones on the other trees. I have hope.
I’m wondering though, when do these things ripen anyway? Laura claims that they need to feel the cold air of the year’s later months. She says that something happens in the fruit that makes them ripen. I’d sure like to know so I can gauge my expectations.